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City Attorney says “no requirement” that RFP be approved by Board of Aldermen — backroom machinations OK?

City Attorney Saundra Nickols tells us in an email a Request for Proposals CAN be issued by City staff without approval of the Board of Aldermen. She maintains that the City’s Purchasing Policies and Procedures Manual does NOT require Mayor … Continue reading

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Complaint to state Open Meetings Compliance Board about backroom deal on City procurement

COMPLAINT: Failure to conduct an open meeting of the Mayor & Board of the City of Frederick to present, discuss, and vote on RFP14J, the procurement of a developer for the City-sponsored downtown hotel

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Procurement RFP14J workshopped but never presented, discussed or voted on by Mayor & Board at public hearing

City records show that the key procurement, RFP14J, in which a developer was sought for the downtown hotel was never presented, discussed, or voted on, at a public hearing of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen back in 2013/2014.  The … Continue reading

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The dilettante control freaks — looking back to 2013

Back five years, on February 6, 2013 at a Mayor & Board of Aldermen (M&B) workshop there was an interesting discussion among the City officials who got us into the downtown hotel boondoggle. They were considering a recommendation from the … Continue reading

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Mayor says terms of hotel deal with Plamondon and historic mitigation both in “active negotiation”

The terms of the City-Plamondon deal for developing a hotel complex on the old Frederick News-Post are now in “active negotiation.” Mayor Michael O’Connor says this in a letter to Andy Stout, who wrote him questioning aspects of the City’s … Continue reading

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Why the City-sponsored hotel is wrong

This website is dedicated to documenting what’s wrong with the City-sponsored hotel project here in downtown Frederick. We’ve written about: — how and why the project was launched (because hotel developer Pete Plamondon thought such a hotel could pay once … Continue reading

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HAC chair Robbins resigns, says hopes the “politics” holding up the project can be resolved

The longtime Hotel Advisory Committee (HAC) chair Earl Robbins resigned effective the end of 2017. And Mayor Michael O’Connor is not looking to replace him, spokesman Patti Mullins tells us. Robbins was honored by the Mayor & Board in a … Continue reading

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Save the smokestack

Any serious mitigation plan for the Birely Tannery would look to save some significant component of the building. Why not the splendid brick smokestack? At more than 40ft the equivalent of nearly five stories high, nicely tapered from 4 ft … Continue reading

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State agencies still open to comment on Birely Tannery mitigation plan

“We welcome comments from the consulting parties and it is not too late for comments to be considered by DHCD (state Department of Housing & Community Development) and MHT (Maryland Historical Trust.)” So writes MHT’s Beth Cole, administrator project review … Continue reading

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Mayor challenged to clarify five aspects of hotel deal — letter from 22 citizens

The Honorable Michael O’Connor Mayor of The City of Frederick City Hall Frederick, MD 21701 Dear Mr. O’Connor: In your inaugural address you spoke of embarking on a “new commitment to civic engagement” and of the need to “restore faith … Continue reading

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