As a volunteer for the referendum on the recent Frederick city annexations I wish to share a few thoughts with my fellow residents. At least 70 percent of our city voters oppose the proposed development despite the unmatched campaign by the current and former city officials aiming to change our mind.
We were appalled to read the editorial by The Frederick News-Post titled “A buck a signature,” asserting, without a shred of evidence, that the “validity” of a handful of signatures gathered by canvassers earning $1 per signature was somehow in question.
Residents of Frederick and Frederick County are out in droves collecting signatures to take the Thatcher, Crum and Summers Farm annexation agreements to referendum so that city residents can have the final say. Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland Department of Planning and the Board of Frederick County Commissioners have advised against these agreements that will [...]
October 18, 2009 Dear Annexation Referendum Volunteers, Supporters and Friends, On behalf of Friends and Frederick County, I would like thank everyone who brought their energy, spirit and dedication to this burst of grassroots movement for a petition drive to bring the issue of annexation to a citizen vote. As I write this letter, unpaid [...]
September 11, 2009 by FofFC
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It didn’t take long for the opponents of the recent annexations by the City of Frederick to get mobilized. There appear to be several possible avenues for local government to pursue in an attempt to nullify the annexations, but a separate grass-roots movement has already sprung into action with the same goal in mind. Opponents [...]
September 1, 2009 by admin
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Thanks for getting back to me, Alderman Smith. I don’t mind disagreement; discussion works fine for me!
To Mayor Holtzinger and Aldermen Imhoff, Kuzemchak, Koontz, Hall and Smith: I am a city resident strongly opposed to the Thatcher, Crum and Summers annexation proposals. A better model for development is to sustain and infill existing neighborhoods, striving to keep homes a walkable distance from work, shopping and recreation. This saves the taxpayer economically, environmentally, and in [...]
Bringing commercial into a residential neighborhood is not smart growth.
August 29, 2009 by FofFC
Filed under Crumland Farm, Frederick City, Frederick, Municipal Growth: addressing the hidden costs of sprawl in New Market, Summers Farm, Frederick City, Thatcher Farm, Frederick City
All, Please read all of this. Some of it might upset you but other parts may make you smile. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to vote on Thursday. This note is for informational purposes only.
I oppose the annexation by the City of Frederick of Summers Farm, and the Thatcher and Crumland farms, and I encourage the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to vote against the three annexation proposals currently before them.