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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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What if the City Attorney’s right and it is the Chamber of Commerce HAC — THOUGHTS ON CITY CLAIMS AT OMCB

The facts are heavily on my side, I think, in contending that the Hotel Advisory Committee (HAC) under Mayor McClement  has been violating state law (the Open Meetings Act) for seven years by meeting behind closed doors.   But what … Continue reading

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City says it has no power over Hotel Advisory Committee — response to Open Meetings Compliance Board complaint

The City Attorney Saundra Nickols is trying to persuade the Open Meetings Compliance Board (OMCB or Board) of the State Attorney-General’s Office that the City is not responsible for the behavior of the downtown Hotel Advisory Committee (HAC) and therefore … Continue reading

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Maryland Historical Trust acting powerless

At the consulting parties meeting in Frederick October 18 and November 14 state officials have said the purpose of the consultations was to focus on mitigation of an assumed demolition of the Tannery building, and that the state does not … Continue reading

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60 room boutique hotel being proposed on old Visitation Academy site

An Annapolis developer James O’Hare and architect Lance Jaccard from DC are developing plans for a boutique hotel and a mix of flats and townhouses on the site of the Visitation Academy on East 2nd St. They described their plans … Continue reading

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Listen to closed door meeting on the boondoggle hotel — 199Mb m4a file

This is a recording of a closed meeting doing public business — closed to elected officials, closed to the press, closed to the public — all designed to clear the path to demolition of a building found Eligible for Listing … Continue reading

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