Frederick County Government offices and facilities will be closed again on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, in order to accommodate snow removal efforts in the county and the City. The City of Frederick is working diligently to clear streets to provide parking for residents and employees. The closure includes courts, schools, the landfill, recreation and parks programs, TransIT Services, and public libraries. County recovery efforts related to Winter Storm Jonas have made good progress, but a State of Emergency remains in effect, both locally and across the state. The landfill and TransIT Services are expected to return to normal service on Thursday, January 28.
“As I announced during this morning’s press briefing, we are still recovering from a storm that brought the most snow ever to Frederick County,” said County Executive Jan Gardner. “We know residents are anxious to get the roads cleared and return to normal work and daily activities. We appreciate the cooperation and patience of county residents. Our highway crews have been working long hours to clear roads and we are using a record number of contractors and heavy equipment to move the process forward.”
County Executive Gardner urges people to use caution if they must travel and to avoid travel to the extent possible for another day to allow snow removal crews to continue to widen and improve roads and intersections. Most residential neighborhoods have access lanes open, and crews continue to work widening those lanes. She continues to encourage businesses and the major employers in Frederick County to stay closed or allow employees to telecommute. Although it may appear that roads are passable, turn lanes and some intersections remain blocked with snow and pedestrians are sometimes walking in the street because sidewalks have not been cleared.
“Things are moving in the right direction and we are thankful for all the good feedback from our citizens. If anyone still has concerns or feels that we have missed their street, we ask them to call our Highway Operations Call Center at 301-600-1564,” said Executive Gardner. If residents need emergency assistance, they should call 9-1-1.”