Business Government 

Business Is Booming in Frederick County

One hundred percent of Frederick County businesses asked during Business Appreciation Week said they like doing business here, County Executive Jan Gardner announced today during her weekly public information briefing. “Our high quality of life is one of the main factors driving the economic growth in Frederick County, along with location and growth potential,” said Executive Gardner. “Clearly Frederick County is a great place to do business!” A record number of Frederick County businesses expect to expand in the coming year, according to feedback received during the county’s 18th annual Business Appreciation Week visits. Executive Gardner…

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Glade Valley Government 

Rutters Forced to Remove Signs

The Town of Walkersville’s Planning Commission brought representatives from Rutter’s before their public hearing last week. Staff and Commission members noticed the installation of signs that had not been approved as part of its signage application. The signs on the diesel fueling area canopy directed trucks to enter and exit with large lettering and featured a very large DIESEL sign on either side of the canopy. The legal representative for Rutter’s argued that directional exempt signs already approved were larger than the maximum six square feet. As such, the 11.144…

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Elections Glade Valley 

What is “Question D” on the Ballot

One item on the Ballot in Frederick County this year seems to be getting a lot of attention. The item, known as Question D, is a proposal by the Career Firefighters Association of Frederick County to amend Frederick County’s Charter, the document that lays out how Frederick County’s Government will be formed and how it work, much like a constitution for a state or our country. The Career Firefighter’s want to add the following to the Frederick County Charter: “705. Right to Organize, Collectively Bargain, and Binding Arbitration for Career Fire…

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Glade Valley Government 

Walkersville Opposes Solar Farm

Last week, Walkersville’s Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed an application for a 140 acre solar farm on a 151-acre farm at 8300 Biggs Ford Road. The property lies just outside of Walkersville’s Town Limits, but within its “Area of Planning Influence” and its annexation limits. Under Frederick County Zoning Rules, solar installations are only permitted within a Solar Floating Zone. As a result, the applicants requested a Floating Zone application to the farm owned by former Walkersville Burgess, Ralph Whitmore. This is not the first application for the same project.…

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Editorial Elections Glade Valley 

Question D: Binding Arbitration Not Good for Frederick County

This year county voters will face Question “D” on the ballot, a proposed charter amendment that “will require the County Council to provide by ordinance for binding arbitration by a neutral arbitrator whose decision MUST be funded by the county budget”. Most voters don’t fully understand the impact of this charter amendment and will simply vote yes, because of the misleading way this question has been packaged and sold to the public by the career firefighters union. This has been falsely marketed in a way that makes the public believe…

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