Monthly Archives: October 2016

Sanborn maps show evolution of Birely Tannery site

Insurance company maps provide the most comprehensive  single source of information about historic buildings all over America. Insurance companies depended on the the surveyor-mapmakers to document the footprint of buildings, the uses to which they were being put, number of … Continue reading

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The economic naivety of the pro-hotel county councillors – letter

Ms Fitzwater, Ms Keegan-Ayer, Mr Donald: On Tuesday evening you took me back a few years to my first salaried job when I gave classes in economics 101 to undergraduates. The vote in favor of that five-party MOU was I … Continue reading

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A back-&-forth in the Comment section of the Frederick News-Post 2016.10.26

It began with a critical comment by me on the Frederick News-Post’s slanted backgrounding sentence in a report on the hotel project. Samuel: It is seriously misleading (of the Frederick News-Post) to say that $31 million of state, county and city … Continue reading

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Notes for County Council meeting on five party MOU 2016.10.24

We are told again and again there’s no risk here to City and County revenues, and that there is a prudent margin of safety in the county’s 50% rule on tax increment financing (TIF). Now there’s some truth to that … Continue reading

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County Council to vote on 5 party MOU Oct 25

Tuesday, Oct 25th, 6pm in Winchester Hall Frederick County Council meets to vote on the downtown hotel five party MOU. The County is one of a growing number of entities who have to approve this agreement for it to milk … Continue reading

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State Board of Public Works wants competitive procurement — its lack has plagued this hotel project

“The Board of Public Works is especially concerned that the grant recipients utilize a competitive process to select their contractors.” So writes Catherine Ensor, program manager for the Capital Grants Program at the state Board of Public Works which administers state … Continue reading

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Proposed Chamber of Commerce Letter of Credit for DH&CC causes stir in Winchester Hall

There has been quite a flurry in Winchester Hall in recent days over a draft Letter of Credit to the DH&CC from the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce supposedly guaranteeing the Plamondon investment of $53m on condition that Plamondon desists … Continue reading

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City land purchase and leaseback for DH&CC is a ripoff of the public — the $-numbers

An apologist for the hotel boondoggle, Donald Burgess writes that it is a “complete fallacy”  that the land leaseback to the DH&CC developer is at a “heavy discount” on commercial terms — as I wrote. He doesn’t specify commercial terms,

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Financing the $30.35m so-called ’public infrastructure’ of the hotel

The Frederick News-Post (FNP) reports disagreements over financing details of proposed borrowings by the City of $5.7m and $6.3m by the County toward the $30.35m needed for the 24,000sf of meeting space ($16.25) onsite car parking with 200 to 300 … Continue reading

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‘MSA bails on Frederick hotel’ – stubborn denials but it’s there in black & white

The five party MOU (5PMOU) should have had the title “MSA gets out” except that no one supporting the project wants to admit it. In fact they deny it. At Mayor & Board and County meetings the project director Richard … Continue reading

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