Monthly Archives: December 2017

City permitting staff talk about first DH&CC site plan from Plamondon — many problems

City planning staff have raised a bunch of questions about a site Sketch Plan (Plan) for the DHCC submitted November 22 by Bohler Engineering of Towson on behalf of Plamondon. Over thirty problem points were raised by City staff for … Continue reading

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Abandoned by the City, what future for the HAC?

City officials are now denying any responsibility for the downtown Hotel Advisory Committee (HAC.) In submissions to the State Attorney General’s Open Meetings Compliance Board they insisted the HAC is a ‘private body’ of the County Chamber of Commerce and … Continue reading

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State AG’s Compliance Board chides City over Hotel Advisory Committee but punts on declaring clear violation

The State AG’s Open Meetings Compliance Board says the City of Frederick has sent “mixed messages” about the status of its Downtown Hotel Advisory Committee (HAC.) And, it says that there is an apparent “factual disconnect” between the City’s claim … Continue reading

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Frederick County delegation to Annapolis — please encourage Governor Hogan and Board of Public Works to withhold state-$s for City’s boondoggle hotel LETTER

Delegate Kathy Afzali and colleagues: Recent developments confirm the good judgment of the majority of the Frederick County delegation in opposing state funds for the City’s boondoggle hotel. The case against state support is stronger than ever. 1. New proof … Continue reading

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Mark Gaver’s arrest on fraud charges — what it means for the hotel project OPINION

Downtown hotel proponents are in denial about the importance of the fraud indictment of Mark Gaver, the City’s first Hotel Advisory Committee (HAC) chair. Consider that scores of people might have been asked by Richard Griffin and the incoming Mayor … Continue reading

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First HAC chair’s arrest and charges — Full text of US Attorney’s news release

Subject: FORMER FREDERICK BUSINESS OWNER CHARGED IN $50 MILLION BANK FRAUD Sent to Baltimore and Washington media. December 5, 2017                                                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact ELIZABETH MORSE www.justice.gov/usao/md                                                                 at (410) 209-4885 FORMER FREDERICK BUSINESS OWNER CHARGED IN $50 MILLION BANK FRAUD Baltimore, Maryland – A … Continue reading

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First HAC chairman Mark Gaver arrested and charged with $50m bank fraud – FNP

The Frederick News-Post is reporting that Mark Gaver the first City-appointed chairman of the Hotel Advisory Committee (HAC) has been arrested and charged with $50 million of bank fraud. Gaver is accused of misrepresenting the value of his contracts with … Continue reading

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Discussion of hotel contract change must be conducted in open meetings — State AG compliance panel

Mayor Randy McClement and his director of economic development Richard Griffin may have violated state law in the spring of this year by conducting behind-closed-door discussions on changes to the City contract with Plamondon Hospitality Partners (Plamondon), a legal expert … Continue reading

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