Monthly Archives: September 2017

City claims HAC ”not a public body within the meaning of the Open Meetings Act”

City spokesman Patti Mullins has emailed us saying: “The Downtown Frederick Hotel Advisory Committee is not a public body within the meaning of the Maryland Open Meetings Act. It is therefore not subject to any of the Act’s requirements, including … Continue reading

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State law broken by Mayor’s hotel advisory committee (HAC) meeting behind closed doors for six years

Mayor McClement’s hotel advisory committee (HAC) has been breaking state law for six years — a public body meeting behind closed doors. Maryland’s Open Meetings Act requires state and local public bodies to hold their meetings in public, provide adequate … Continue reading

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A pathetic Historic Preservation Commission — OPINION

The performance of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) last Thursday night in approving demolition of the Birely Tannery was pathetic. The commissioners were snowed by the shoddy Plamondon/City sales pitch. They fell head over heels for the garbage-economics of ‘impact … Continue reading

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Four reasons not to vote to demolish — speaking notes for HPC17-490 2017.09.14

Commissioners: demolition of the Birely tannery must be voted down for four reasons. 1. Demolition would bring on a very bland glass front for some 250 feet along Carroll Creek when there’s an opportunity for developing a point of interest … Continue reading

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Financial studies of hotel too old to rely on for $31m public support — former hotel CPA

from Matt Seubert to HPC — Dear members of the City Historic Preservation Commission: I’m a retired CPA.  During my 20 year career I spent 5 years working for a publicly traded hotel REIT in the capacities of accounting manager and … Continue reading

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HPC violating law in HPC17-490, inviting a law suit on appeal if demo allowed

HPC17-490 is a first. According to City staff it is the first time in the history of the Historic Preservation Commission that a contributing historic resource found to be of ‘unusual importance’ has been proposed for demolition. The unprecedented nature … Continue reading

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HPC staff cave, recommend approval of demolition of Birely Tannery

The City’s historic preservation staff have caved. They are now supporting demolition of the Birely Tannery that they previously said is a ‘contributing resource of unusual importance’ to the historic district, and a building and site found eligible for listing … Continue reading

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City’s lead consultant JLL advised 2-stage procurement so many hotel developers could compete for DHCC

The City disregarded advice from its lead consultant Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) on structuring of its procurement of the downtown hotel/conference center (DHCC) to maximize competition, it is apparent from a newly released report. The consultants, paid some $335,000 for … Continue reading

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Save Birely Tannery Facebook page launched

Friends of Frederick County has launched a new FoFC Save Birely Tannery page. see https://www.facebook.com/groups/FoFCSaveBirelyTannery This is in addition to the well established FoFC Downtown Marriott Watch page run by Jane Weir: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1498307467136953/

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Discrepancies between HPC Guidelines on demolition and the law: submission in HPC17-490

Submission on the Guidelines & the Law on Demolition: There are some legal questions about how the HPC procedures in this case comport with the law on demolition of historic properties. The Guidelines are sometimes different from the law. I quote … Continue reading

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