The Latest News from County Executive Jan Gardner
We Are Soaring to New Heights!
Livable Frederick Shapes Frederick County's Future
The state of Frederick County is strong, vibrant and on the move! Livable Frederick lays the foundation for our bright future so we can make life better for the people who call Frederick home. We’ve embraced our rich history, invested in our people and places, and taken care of our citizens. We are leading the way with innovation and excellence. Frederick County is soaring to new heights!
During today's State of the County Address, I shared a video highlighting our accomplishments from the past year. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch it and feel a sense of pride about this great place we call home. Some of the key accomplishments include:
- Welcoming Kite Pharma’s move to Urbana, with hundreds of new jobs projected.
- Accelerating school construction: Building has begun on a new Urbana Elementary School and a new Rock Creek School, and plans are underway for Blue Heron Elementary School, Waverley Elementary School, and an addition to Oakdale Middle School.
- Powering up a solar array at the landfill that now provides power to seven county buildings, including charging stations for TransIT’s growing fleet of electric buses.
Excellent financial management and AAA bond ratings allowed the County to build a new Othello Regional Park in Brunswick, an expanded Utica District Park, a library in Myersville, and a major transportation project near New Market, all without raising taxes. I am excited about what we have accomplished together, and I am even more excited about what's next!
Today I unveiled the Livable Frederick Implementation Program, which will guide the county’s initiatives in the coming year. There is plenty of good news! Check out what's in store for the year ahead.
The Livable Frederick Implementation Program kicks off with two small area plans. Public processes will begin soon for a Sugarloaf Mountain Treasured Landscape management plan to preserve the area’s natural and scenic beauty, and a plan along the county’s primary business corridor of MD 85/355 to ensure economic resilience and sustainability.
A broadband feasibility study will look at how to bring high-speed Internet to underserved areas of the county. Access to broadband is fundamental to education and economic development.
Making Life Better
Our county's first detox center will open with 18 medically supervised beds at the Mountain Manor facility in Emmitsburg by Jan. 1, 2020. Another 28 beds will be available at the newly named Mountain Manner at Marcies Choice location by December of 2020.
Frederick County has been named the 2019 Chesapeake Forest Champion by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the U.S. Forest Service. The award, which will be presented on Nov. 15, recognizes efforts to replenish forest cover. In addition, a new proposal to strengthen the county’s Forest Resource Ordinance will be introduced in the coming weeks.
In November, the county will power up a second solar array, this one adjacent to the Ballenger-McKinney Waste Water Treatment Plant. The array will provide back-up power for the facility.
Powered by Sun
TransIT is expanding its fleet of all-electric buses. In addition to the five we've been operating, a sixth electric bus will go into service in the next few weeks, and more will be delivered next spring. The buses are 100% powered by renewable energy.
A value-added agricultural workgroup will evaluate next steps to help farmers process local products through a co-op or collaboration. I am also looking to accelerate agriculture land preservation to ensure a legacy of agriculture for future generations.
Frederick County Public Libraries is adding a new bookmobile stop in the neighborhood of Waverley Elementary School. Come out for the kick-off celebration planned for Nov. 5.
The County is actively looking for land that can be used to provide affordable senior and workforce housing. Our seniors want to be able to age in place, and our young professionals and families need to be able to live where they work.