City holds public workshop on traffic changes after an influx of concerns

Jan. 22 – In a Thursday meeting between the Mayor of Frederick and the Board of Aldermen, Mayor Michael O’Connor announced a public workshop next month on some recently announced traffic changes along Christophers Crossing.

During the meeting, O’Connor said the workshop was the result of a high volume of public response to the announcements.

Traffic plans were recently announced by the city and included a number of changes along Christopher’s Crossing including a new traffic light installed at the intersection with Opossumtown Pike, an increase in speed limits of 25 mph at 30 mph along Christopher’s Crossing and Monocacy Boulevard. between Opossumtown Pike and Md. 26, and a number of pedestrian-oriented improvements at the intersection of Christopher’s Crossing and Timber Grove Road.

According to O’Connor, many of the public’s concerns center on the improvements to Timber Grove Road.

“To continue to engage with the public and respond comprehensively to the feedback we’ve received to date,” O’Connor said, “the mayor and council of aldermen will host a workshop on this topic on February 23.”

O’Connor said no work would be done on the projects until the end of the workshop, with the exception of the new red light on Opossumtown Pike which has already been commissioned.

The meeting will be open to public comments. O’Connor said at Thursday’s meeting that it remains to be seen whether aldermen will vote on changes to traffic plans.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, the board unanimously approved acceptance of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice under the Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Responses grant from a amount of $280,254.

The funds are spread over three years at the Frederick Police Department, with the department required to match funds over the years. The police service will pay 20% of the federal government’s contribution for the first two years, before increasing to 40% for the third year.

Grant funds will cover personnel expenses in the form of overtime, as per the city’s grant allocation.

The Board of Aldermen also approved an amendment to the 2022 budget to reflect the aforementioned grant expenditures.

In other news, Aldermen have unanimously approved a request from the Downton Frederick Partnership to serve beer and wine at [email protected]’s outdoor happy hour events, which will take place on Thursday evenings from May 12 to September 29 at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater.

The city has approved an agreement with telecommunications company Crown Castle Fiber to install small cellular boxes in the city, which will increase cellular connectivity in the city. Assistant City Attorney Rachel Depo told the meeting that all boxes installed in the city’s historic district should meet the aesthetic standards set for the neighborhood.

Council members also approved the city’s acquisition of 4,405 square feet of land on West Patrick Street in the state of Maryland for the price of $63,665. This land will be used for the development of water pumping infrastructure in the region.

A resolution for the city to annex the almost 80-acre Winpenny Tell property was also introduced, but this resolution will be voted on later.

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