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New
playground
coming
Walkersville celebrates our
veterans

The Town of Walkersville held clearing operation. 31 of the 91a Veterans Day service on a sun- man crew died that day. Mr. Elfny November 8 Sunday. The ap- man shared photographs taken
proximately 1 hour program was two weeks after the atomic bombcoordinated by Town Commis- ings in Japan. He also read a letsioner Donald Schildt. Boy Scouts ter that was found on a dead kaprovided color guard service while mikaze pilot. Mr. Elfman noted
the Yellow Springs band provid- that the defiant tone of the letter
ed musical accompaniment. The calling for victory over the British
U.S. Military Veterans Motorcy- and Americans showed, “What we
cle Club exchanged the Town War were up against.”
Ninety-six year-old (97 by
Memorial flag with a new one in a
print
time)
Elwood Hummer,
formal ceremony. TheComputer
guest speakimage of proposed
playground
ers were two WW II veterans who, also a USN WW II veteran, alat the start of the ceremony, were so shared his experiences. Mr.
presented with American flags by a Hummer had been overlooked
By Sherry Greenfield
The Town of Woodsboro
year when Walkersville honstaff member of Congressman Van lastwas
awarded the Maryland
Horace
as the Parks
last
Hollen. The
had been Regional
flown ored
he flags
Woodsboro
Open
SpaceWright
Community
WW II veteran
who
over the US
Capitol.
Woodsboro’s
Park
will soon
have a newsurviving
and Playgrounds
Grant to
use
left
their
Town
of
Walkersville
Dwight
Reynolds
led
the
audience
playground, thanks to a state for the construction of a new,
to handicap
serve andaccessible
is honored
on the
in singing
Bless America.
grant God
of $129,356.
playground.
WW II USN veteran Marvin Town’s memorial. Mr. Wright atElfman shared his experiences. He tended the event and both men
was assigned to a mine sweeper were honored. Mr. Hummer exlate in the war and unfortunately plained that in the war, “I was
experienced the violence of that more of a clerical guy.” During
war months after the surrender of his early training, his group was
Japan. His mine sweeper was sunk asked if anyone knew shorthand
by an exploding mine off the coast and typing. To the din of “cat
By Sherry
the from
street in
of their
houshisfront
fellow
recruits,
of Japan
duringGreenfield
a post-war mine calls”
es. Each household would receive
elief could soon be coming two permits.
to the residents living along
“I think there does need to be a
Frederick Street in Walkersville degree of restricted parking down
that are upset with people parking there,” said Andy Dewese, the
in front of their houses.
town’s code enforcement officer.
The Walkersville Town Com- “They live down there, so they
missioners, at their Aug. 13 should be able to park there.”
meeting, tentatively approved afor the
Parking
signs
are Register
currentFrederick
County
Ken Kellar
plan to issue parking permits toof Historic
ly postedPlaces
in front
nursuntilofthethe
Counhad an opportuniOnthose
Juneresidents
2, 2015,living
the across
County
fromty Council
ing homehas
restricting
the number
County
Council
voted Valley
to askNursing
the County
the Glade
and Re-ty to
of review
hours athe
carFrederick
can be parked.
But
Historic
Preservation
Ordinance
to stop
implementing
an
existing
habilitation Center on Frederick the number of parked cars from
5-2Walkersville
with CouncilHigh
Members
ordinance,
Frederick
Street. the
Issuing
permitsCounty
would al-passed
nearby
School
Delauter
and
Shreve
opposed.”
Historic
Preservation
Ordinance.
low those residents to park on and the nursing home has been
On June 9, 2015, County ExecThis was done on the same day
that the Council denied the his- utive Jan Gardner issued Executive
toric designation application of Order 02-2015 which discontinthe Church of Scientology. The ued “Accepting Petitions for Hischurch needed the designation in toric Designation” for 180 days.
order to be allowed to use their The order terminates December
$4.8 million property as a drug re- 7, 2015.
The Times reviewed the Charter
habilitation facility. The property
to
make
of the
Council and
sits idle.
By Sherry Greenfield
town sense
meeting,
unanimously
acFrom that day’s Council min- Executive actions. It appears the
cepted a bid of $56,750 from
utes, “Council Member Donald Council does not have the authoralking
and
jogging Frederick County Paving to
moved to ask the County Execu- ity to terminate an ordinance, peraround
the
Heritage
build 3,950
feet of new
paths.
or temporarily,
through
tive to cease accepting all appli- manently
Farm
Park
in
Walkersville
will
Money
for
the
project
will
come
cations for the Frederick County a simple vote. The Charter specisoonofbeHistoric
easier since
the until
town isfiesinrequirements
part from for
theenacting
state’s Open
legRegister
Places
planningCouncil
to expand
Space Public
Program.
The and
townmewill
hearings
the County
hasthe
hadwalking
an islation.
notifications$23,135
are required.
opportunity
paths. to review the Freder- diacontribute
toward
also time
ick County
Historic Preservation
The Walkersville
Town Com-There
the are
project,
withperiods
muchfor
of the
that
notification
prior
to
the
hearings.
Ordinance.
Council
Member
Fitzmissioners, at their August 13 money coming from a reserve
None of these actions were taken
water seconded the motion.
“The vote on the main motion before the county ceased impleto cease accepting all applications menting the historic designation

T

The playground structure is for
children ages 5 to 12.
After soliciting design and
pricing
proposals
fromhis sevMr.
Hummer
had found
war
eral vocation.
recreation He
design
time
said compahe felt
nies,lucky
townhecommissioners
votvery
could serve in relaed
unanimously
at
their
Aug.
tive safety. His late brother Ray12 meeting
hire
mond
did nottofare
as playground
well sufferSpecialists
Inc.,
of
ing long-term injuriesThurmont.
during the
The company
will buildwhich
the
sinking
of his destroyer
new
playground
on
the
south
killed 9 of his 12-man electrician
side of the Woodsboro Regional
group.
Mr. Hummer was prePark, east of Israel Creek.
sented a large Walkersville Town
“The whole purpose of putflag by the Commissioners and
ting together this proposal is
Burgess of Walkersville.
that we want to start encourChristie Berkey, formerly of
aging usage at this end of the
Woodsboro, arranged for the
park,” said Commissioner Bill
manufacture of commemorative
Rittelmeyer, who handled the
coins to honor her brother who
bidding process.
wasThe
killed
in action in Afghanicompany has proposed
stan.
The
coins
as well astheWalkdesigning and building
new
ersville/
veteran
caps were
playground
for ball
$126,272.75.
given
veterans to
present
at
They toareallproposing
use the
the
ceremony.
remaining $3,083.25 to install
Commissioner Russell Winch
read a moving story about a soldier’s family bringing his remains
to his final resting place.
John Grimes read a poem,
Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash,
which recounts the martial history of our nation.
a frequent problem for residents.
“There’s a lot of issues down
there now,” Dewese said. “It’s
not a huge issue, but I think they
should be able to park there.”
Commissioner Gary Baker said
permitted parking should be for
residents only. Restricted parking
should continue in front of the
businesses.
program.
The Charter is very clear
“I think
theinresidents
be
regarding
laws
existencewill
at the
time
of the
happy,”
heCharter
said. enactment:
“804
The Existing
council Laws
decided to take
“The
public
local
of the
a formal vote on thelaws
permitted
County
and
all
rules,
regulations,
parking issue when Commissionresolutions,
and ordinances enacter Chad Weddle is in attendance.
ed by the County Commissioners
in force on the Effective Date of
the Charter shall continue in full
force until repealed or amended. To the extent that any of the
public local laws of the County
or rules, regulations, resolutions,
or ordinances, or any parts thereof,fund
are inconsistent
with the provifor park development.
sions of this Charter, they are re“This project is definitely
pealed.”
needed,” Commissioner Debbie
Furthermore the County ExecZimmerman
said.to execute
“This will
utive
is obligated
the
complete
the
paths.”
laws. Per the Charter, “There is a
Heritage
Farm Park,
located
County
Executive,
who shall
be
on chief
Devilbiss
Bridgeofficer
Road of
across
the
executive
the
County
and shall
faithfully
exefrom Glade
Elementary
School,
cute
the
laws.

already has a 9-hole golf course,
While the
Council
has authorbaseball
fields,
softball
fields,
ity to enact, amend, or repeal the
county laws, it does not have the
authority to ignore existing laws

Parking problems
R

County government operating
outside the law

tear on the rubber surface. A
child swing suspended off the
ground and pushed by an adult
can be built.
“Swings where kids drag their
new barbecue grills, volleyball feet will only tear the surface
courts, and benches at the park up and create a maintenance
- items the town had not origi- problem,” he said. “A merrygo-round where kids run in the
nally asked for.
“I asked them not to leave same circle pushing it will wear
any money on the table,” Rit- and be a maintenance problem
as well.”
telmeyer said.
Commissioner Ken Kellar
The company has constructed
playgrounds throughout Fred- said he was disappointed the
erick County, including Wood- playground will only have todsboro, Liberty, North Frederick, dler swings. “My only regret
Middletown Lincoln, Wolfs- is seeing those older swings go
ville and Emmitsburg elemen- away,” he said. “To me it’s a
WW II
veterans They
Marvinhave
Elfmanalso
and Elwood
receive flags flown over
loss ofHummer
adult swings.”
tary
schools.
the Capitol.
Meanwhile, Rittelmeyer said
built playgrounds for the towns
of Thurmont and Emmitsburg, nothing will be built until the
Fort Detrick, the Brunswick town has the grant money in
Crossing housing development, hand. “They won’t order a stick
and the Middletown Valley of equipment until we have the
grant,” he said.
Apartments.
Trimmer
praised
RittelRittelmeyer said the new
playground at the Woodsboro meyer for his work on the bid
Regional Park will not have process.”I’d like to commend
adult swings or a merry-go- Bill for doing this,” he said.
round because of the wear and “He did an excellent job.”

Walkersville
Town
Weddle,
who
livesCommissioners
on FrederickSchildt,
they Baker,
have aBrodie-Ennis,
homeowner’sWinch,
associaBurgess Weddle and former Burgess Whitmore present WW II vet Elwood
Street, was not at the meeting.
tion,” he said. “If somebody has
Hummer a Town flag.
On another note, Dewese a complaint about a neighbor’s
saidCommissioner
as the town’s code
enforce- grass,
go tofor
theher
[homeowner’s
Brodie-Ennis
thanks
continuousas-supment
officerPhyllis
he hasHouck
been busy
he Veterans
said. “If they
presented
Smith sociation],”
port of the
Dayhave
events
this
association]
withyear
a investigating
bouquet ofcomplaints
flowers in [ansince
1981. that deals with it,
from residents on issues rang- and it doesn’t get done, I’ll take
ing from tall grass to snow-cov- care of it.”
ered sidewalks. Dewese said so
Failure to cut grass is a $100
far this year, he has received 260 fine from the town. The fine is
complaints from residents. That posted on the homeowner’s wanumber is significantly higher ter bill.
The Town of
than the 120 complaints he re“We get our money,” Burgess
Walkersville is planceived
Ralph Whitmore said.
ning last
an year.
addition
Dewese,
who
blamed
the
winDewese said of the 260 comto Memorial Park.
ter’s
weather
for the rise in plaints, all but two have been re“Thebadidea
started
complaints,
said
the frustration solved. The complaint process is
Veterans Day
2014.
The when
Walkersville
comes
residents fail to no- unanimous.
Burgess
and
comtify their homeowner’s
associa“I’m not getting many dinner
missioners
discussed
tion first, before coming to him.
invitations,” he joked. “But it’s
ways
to honor
Vet- in even if going good.”
“They’re
still coming
erans and decided Memorial bricks will be printed in a 4”x 8” space: 3
to erect a wall of lines, 14 letters or spaces per line, cost $50 payable to
honor,” said Com- Town of Walkersville
missioner Schildt
who coordinates the annual Walk- thanks Frederick Brick Works for
all their
assistance. Orders may be
ersville Veterans Day service. The walking
paths.
made
at
Walkersville
Town
wall will be erected at Memori- “I
think extended
paths
willHall
al Park in Walkersville. The wall or with any of the commissioners.
be a wonderful addition to the
(Additional information can be
should fields,
be erected
by the spring
soccer
two covered
pa- park,”
Commissioner Russell
of 2016 with a minimum of 100 obtained by calling Donald Schilvilions, playground areas, and Winch said.
bricks sold. Additional bricks will dt at 301-788-1056).
be added at a later date. The town
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NEWS
County government operating outside the law (continued from page 1)
nor does the County Executive.
The Charter is very specific on the
actions required to enact legislation and, by inference, the same
procedure applies to repeals:
“305. Enactment of Legislation
“(a) The Council may enact no
law except by written Bill.
“(b) A Bill shall embrace one
subject. The subject shall be described in its title. No law may be
enacted, revised, or amended by
reference to its title alone. The duty of the Council shall be to enact
the same format and arrangement
of words as the legislation would
read when it becomes law.
“(c) A Bill may be introduced
by one or more council members
at a legislative session. A Bill and
each copy of the Bill shall bear the
name of each council member introducing the Bill and the date of
introduction.

“(d) On the date a Bill is introduced, the Council shall either reject the Bill by an affirmative vote
of at least five council members or
the President of the Council shall
schedule a public hearing on the
Bill. Within seventy-two hours
of its introduction, a copy of the
Bill, with notice of the date, time,
and place of the public hearing,
shall be publicized. Before a public hearing on a Bill, the title and
a fair summary of the Bill and the
date, time, and place of the public
hearing shall be published at least
once each week for two successive
weeks on the County website and
in a newspaper of general circulation in the County. If the Council determines that no such newspaper exists in the County, the
Council shall use whatever media
it deems most suited to satisfy the
public notice requirements of this

subsection. The President of the
Council may schedule more than
one public hearing on a Bill, provided the publication and notice
requirements of this subsection
are met for each hearing.
“(e) After a public hearing, the
Council may enact a Bill into law,
with or without amendment, by
an affirmative vote of at least four
council members. In the event a
Bill is amended before enactment,
and the amendment or amendments constitute a change of substance, the Bill, as amended, may
not be enacted into law until the
Bill meets the public hearing, notice, and publication requirements
of a newly introduced Bill.
“(f ) A Bill not enacted within ninety days of introduction is
void. A Bill not enacted prior to
the month of November in any

year in which council members
are elected to office is void.”
Jan Gardner was contacted and
stated she had the authority to
temporarily cease implementation
of a law and that it was a normal
practice.
Ragen Cherney, the Legislative
Director/Chief of Staff, responded to our inquiry by declaring that
the County Executive had the authority per the Charter to temporarily cease implementation of
county law. No such authority was
found in the charter
The Sr. Assistant County Attorney Michael Chomel was contacted twice to help identify the
source of the County Executive’s
authority to stop implementing a
law, but he did not respond.
In conclusion, the Charter describes a process to repeal or
amend the laws and ordinances of

the county. The council does not
have the authority to arbitrarily choose a law and on a simple
vote, with no public notice, decide
to stop the law’s implementation.
While the council is in violation
of the procedures required to cease
implementation of a law, they are
at least the proper body, the legislature, to engage in such activity.
The County Executive role is to
execute existing law. She certainly does not have the authority to
pick certain laws to ignore.
Editor’s Note: The Times does not
retain legal staff. If we are in error
in this story, perhaps one of the many lawyers employed by Frederick
County will choose to enlighten ‘we
the people.’ As of press time, no such
enlightenment was forthcoming.

On November 30 he was hosted
by Walkersville High School for his
first event/book signing as a published author. He has a number
of further events planned after the
first of the year. He encourages in-

terested readers to find and “like”
him on Facebook by searching “J
T F Dvorak” to inquire further
whether or not they would be interested in the book, and he thanks
readers for their support. Successor

of Erenden by J.T.F. Dvorak is now
available on Amazon.com.
Written autobiographically by
J.T.F. Dvorak.

Local author published (continued from page 2)
only Successor of Erenden, but also
the entire Legacies of the Lore Master series, ever since he started writing eight years ago. In early February of this year, he took the leap
of faith and submitted his manuscript to Page Publishing, Inc., and
was thrilled to hear that the publisher quickly accepted the submis-

sion. Now, ten months and much
hard work later, Successor of Erenden
is finally in publication. A second
book, the sequel to the first, is already nearly finished, and he plans
to submit it for publication by the
end of this month, and has plans
for at least five, if not more, additional books in the series.

This and that (continued from page 8)
Let us be guided by wisdom
rather than fear. Each of us, filling our own wells, tending to
our own choices and growth in
a thoughtful, self aware way, creates a resource that strengthens us
all. Each morsel of humanity that
finds satisfaction, fulfillment,
connection, perspective: each
contributes to their own community and to the wider world in a
way that is more than the sum of
the parts, building strength and
connectedness within the human
family. Perhaps it will help us be
wise stewards of the planet.
I’m thinking it is the same
for people who commit horrific acts: they strengthen one an-

other. None of us have control
over anybody but ourselves. We
cannot make others be different,
but we can each choose how we
think and act; we can be selective
in building our connections without closing ourselves off from and
without judging those who are
unlike ourselves. Those sorts of
choices are part of what makes us
different from those who choose
terror, misery.
May we all find peace, one moment at a time, and share it by
example. May we each build the
coming year to be full of satisfaction and good memories, and in
doing so, lift one another up.

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New playground coming

County Executive visits
Walkersville

Raising the status of the Office of
Economic Development,
Restoring a small business reCounty Executive Jan H. Gardner was the guest speaker at the volving loan guarantee fund,
Promoting the Frederick CenWalkersville Business and Professional Association (WBPA) meet- ter for Research and Education in
ing on Thursday, February 18 at Science and Technology (CREST)
which is intended to provide fothe Walkersville Town Hall.
The CE opened by noting the cused post-graduate education,
Promoting PRFrederick which is
county’s economic strength by
highlighting that Frederick Coun- a free service to help local businessty had $11 billion in gross domes- es push out press releases to broad
tic product or GDP in 2015. She markets,
Propertyplayground
tax credits for the rehastated her top four priorities
where:
Computer
image of proposed
jobs, education, community needs bilitation and use of vacant buildings,
and seniors.
Small business counseling serMs. Gardner addressed servicBy Sherry Greenfield
The Town of Woodsboro
es the county’s Office of Econom- vices,
was awarded the Maryland
program
thatCommunity
may pay the Parks
first
ic Development
offers to support
he Woodsboro
Regional AOpen
Space
months
of a newGrant
employees
county businesses
whilehave
noting
Park will soon
a newfewand
Playgrounds
to use
salary
while
the
company
provides
someplayground,
of her key business
initiatives.
thanks to a state for the construction of
a new,
on handicap
the job training;
and,playground.
Somegrant
of theofhighlights
included:
$129,356.
accessible
Ken Kellar

T

The playground structure is for new barbecue grills, volleyball
children ages 5 to 12.
courts, and benches at the park
After soliciting design and - items the town had not origipricing proposals from sev- nally asked for.
eral recreation design compa“I asked them not to leave
nies, town commissioners vot- any money on the table,” Rited unanimously at their Aug. telmeyer said.
12 meeting to hire playground
The company has constructed
Specialists Inc., of Thurmont. playgrounds throughout FredThe company will build the erick County, including Woodnew playground on the south sboro, Liberty, North Frederick,
side of the Woodsboro Regional Middletown Lincoln, WolfsPark, east of Israel Creek.
ville and Emmitsburg elemen“The whole purpose of put- tary schools. They have also
ting together this proposal is built playgrounds for the towns
that we want to start encour- of Thurmont and Emmitsburg,
aging usage at this end of the Fort Detrick, the Brunswick
WBPA
Bob Sussman introduces
guest speaker
Jan Gardner
park,”President
said Commissioner
Bill Crossing
housing
development,
Rittelmeyer, who handled the and the Middletown Valley
bidding process.
Apartments.
Minority
entrepreneur outreach check
out the county websites to
The company has proposed
Rittelmeyer said the new
programs.
learn
all
that at
is available
or call the
designing and building the new playground
the Woodsboro
The above isfor
only$126,272.75.
a small sam- Regional
Office of Economic
playground
Park willDevelopment.
not have
ple
of
the
programs
Ms.
Gardner
Ms.
Gardner
was aasked
about the
They are proposing to use the adult swings or
merry-godiscussed.
Interested
parties
should
appropriate
level
of
government
remaining $3,083.25 to install round because of the wear andto

tear on the rubber surface. A
child swing suspended off the
ground and pushed by an adult
can be built.
“Swings where kids drag their
feet will only tear the surface
up and create a maintenance
problem,” he said. “A merrygo-round where kids run in the
same circle pushing it will wear
and be a maintenance problem
as well.”
Commissioner Ken Kellar
said he was disappointed the
playground will only have toddler swings. “My only regret
is seeing those older swings go
away,” he said. “To me it’s a
loss of adult swings.”
Meanwhile, Rittelmeyer said
nothing will be built until the
town has the grant money in
hand. “They won’t order a stick
of equipment until we have the
grant,” he said.
address
the issue
of blighted,
idle
Trimmer
praised
Rittelbusiness
properties
in
Walkersmeyer for his work on the bid
ville. Ms. Gardner
process.”I’d
like to responded
commendthat
the
Town
government
wassaid.
the apBill for doing this,” he
propriate
level.
“He did an excellent job.”

Weddle,
who lives
Frederick they
have a homeowner’s
associaCounty starts 2016 legislative session by raising
Felons
ononparole
given
the vote
Street, was not at the meeting.
tion,” he said. “If somebody has
taxes, targeting individual businesses, and requiring KenOnKellar
another note, Dewese a showed
complaint
about
a neighbor’s
party
registration
is over
said as the town’s code enforce- grass,
go
to
the
[homeowner’s
as5 Democrats for each registered
private armed guards
ment
officer he the
has state
been legislabusy sociation],”
he said.
theyalso
haveconRepublican.
The “If
study
In February,

Parking problems

By Sherry Greenfield
the street in front of their housmenes.have
extremewould
conflict
of
Ken Kellar
Each an
household
receive
interest
in
voting
on
the
Board
of
elief could soon be coming two permits.
Budget
they
aretoemAt printtotime
Countyliving
Counthethe
residents
alongEducation
“I think
there as
does
need
be a
ployees
of
the
Board
and
benefit
cil had
6
bills
in
the
works
A
brief
Frederick Street in Walkersville degree of restricted parking down
directly from increases in fundsummary of each bill follows.
that are upset with people parking there,” said Andy Dewese, the
Bill 16-01 This bill chang- ing. The two teachers are also unin front of their houses.
town’s code enforcement officer.
es the ethics code to ensure Kir- der undo pressure to support their
The Walkersville
Townwith
Com-supervisors’
“They live
down there,
so for
they
requested
funding
by Delauter
cannot contract
missioners,
at
their
Aug.
13
should
be
able
to
park
there.”
the county despite the findings fear of retribution if they do not
tentatively
Parking
signs are budgets.
currenttheir supervisors’
of themeeting,
county ethics
reviewapproved
panel. avote for
issue parking permits
ly posted
front
the nurs16-02 in
This
bill of
targets
the
The plan
paneltorecommendation
that to Bill
of Scientology
the purely
legislativeliving
dutiesacross
of the
those residents
fromchurch
ing home
restricting to
theprevent
number
from ausing
they
Councilmen
any possithe Gladepreclude
Valley Nursing
and Re-them
of hours
car canthe
be land
parked.
But
purchased
in
2013
at
a
cost
of
ble conflict
was
rejected
by
Counhabilitation Center on Frederick the number of parked cars from
$4.8
million
known
as
the
Trout
ty Executive
Gardner
and
Council
Street. Issuing permits would al- nearby Walkersville High School
President
Otis (bill sponsor). The Run property near Thurmont.
low those residents to park on and the nursing home has been
declaration that this bill is targeted The church purchased the propat Mr. Delauter is based on the ob- erty to use as a drug rehabilitaservation that two sitting Council- tion facility generically referred to

R

a frequent problem for residents.
in zoning
a group
“There’sterms
a lotas of
issues home.
down
The
land
sits
in
an
area
there now,” Dewese zoned
said. “Re“It’s
source
Conservation
not a huge
issue, but (RC).”
I think Curthey
rent
county
zoning
allows
small
should
be able
to park
there.”
group homes (8 or fewer patients)
Commissioner Gary Baker said
on RC land but does not allow
permitted parking should be for
larger group homes. The church,
residentsa larger
only. Restricted
wanting
operation,parking
sought
should
continue
in front
of the
Historic Preservation
Program
rebusinesses.
lief. The county zoning ordinance
thinknumber
the residents
will be
lists“Ia large
of operations,
often
notheallowed
happy,”
said. by zoning, to
proceed
the owner
commits
to
The if
council
decided
to take
preservation
of
the
exterior
of
a formal vote on the permitteda
property
declared
historic by
parking issue
whenasCommissionthe
county.
A
county
and an iner Chad Weddle is in attendance.
dependent (hired by the church)
historic review panel each deemed
the Trout Run property and its

this
investigating
complaints
tureyear
overrode
Governor
Hogan’s
from
residents
issues
rangveto of
a bill toongive
felons
still
on
parole
the
vote.
The
vote
was
ing from tall grass to snow-covmainly
along
party
lines
with
ered sidewalks. Dewese said so
Democrats
the votes
far
this year, leading
he has received
260to
override. This
is estimated
complaints
from bill
residents.
That
to grant the vote to over 40,000
number is significantly higher
Marylanders. The subject is pothan the 120 complaints he relitically charged.
ceived
lastrecent
year. reports cite the
Many
Dewese,
blamed
winstudy, Do who
Voting
Rightsthe
Notificater’s
the riseTurnin
tion bad
Lawsweather
Increasefor
Ex-Felon
complaints,
said
the frustration
out? by Marc
Meredith
and Michael when
Morseresidents
and published
comes
fail to no-in
The
ANNALS
of
the
tify their homeowner’s American
associaAcademy
of Political
Social
tion
first, before
comingand
to him.
Science,
January
2014;
vol.
“They’re still coming in even651,
if
1: pp. 220-249.
The study analyzed the party affiliation of convicts in three
states, NY, NM, and NC, and

Heritage
park
improvement
New Walkersville water works in the works
CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

By Sherry Greenfield
town meeting, unanimously acThe Town of Walkersville is ground connection to the Fredercepted a bid of $56,750 from
looking into a new water plant. ick City water supply. The Town
alking
and
jogging Frederick County Paving to
The current plant is over 40 years eventually was awarded about a
around
the
Heritage
3,950
of new
million
in feet
damages
for paths.
the
old with high maintenance costs halfbuild
Farm
Park
in
Walkersville
will
Money
for
the
project
will
come
and is not designed to handle the spill.
be easier since
the town
in partManager
from theGloria
state’s RollOpen
watersoon
contamination
issues
the is Town
to expand
Program.
town
will
said the
Town is The
looking
into
Townplanning
has experienced
in the
the walking
past ins Space
water treatment
planttoward
that
such paths.
as a sewage spill. In 1999, a new
contribute
$23,135
include
technology
to handle
Sun Meadows
construction
The Walkersville
Town acCom-willthe
project,
with much
of that
water
contamination
events.
The
tivities
burst
existing
sewer
lines
missioners, at their August 13 money coming from a reserve
spilling almost a million gallons Town has hired an engineering
of raw sewage and contaminating firm to make recommendations
the Town’s well water. The situa- and has submitted applications
tion required a temporary above- to the Maryland Department of

W

fund for park development.
Environment for grant money or
“This project is definitely
other aid. Ms. Rollins estimated
needed,” Commissioner Debbie
the new plant would be around $8
Zimmerman
“Thisassets
will
million.
With said.
the Town’s
complete
the
paths.”
on the order of $5 million, financFarmwill
Park,
located
ing Heritage
of some kind
be needed.
onthought
Devilbiss
Road
She
theBridge
majority
of across
funding
would
be through
stateSchool,
grants
from
Glade
Elementary
and
the Town
self-financing
by
already
has a 9-hole
golf course,
loaning
General
Fund
money
to
baseball fields, softball fields,
the water fund. She did not anticipate the need for increased water
rates but did note that water bill

[ancluded,
association]
deals felon
with it,
whenthat
allowed,
voter
participation
is very
and
it doesn’t get
done,low.
I’ll take
care With
of it.”the wide disparity in party
affiliation
political
Failure to among
cut grassfelons,
is a $100
action
to
either
grant
or
deny
fine from the town. The fine is the
vote to
felons is politicalposted
onparoled
the homeowner’s
waly charged. One cannot separate
ter bill.
fundamental ethical and political
“We get our money,” Burgess
philosophical arguments from the
Ralph
Whitmore
said.of granting or
practical
benefits
Dewese
said
of
thethe260
comdenying criminals
vote.
plaints,
all but two who
have been
re- for
Republicans
argue
solved.
The complaint
process is
the sanctity
and responsibility
of the citizenry regarding voting
unanimous.
know
thegetting
vast majority
of fel“I’m not
many dinner
ons
vote
Democrat
(when
invitations,” he joked. “But it’sthey
vote).
Democrats, as they argue
going
good.”
against disenfranchisement of
the often minority felons, also
know they will benefit from felon votes.

walking paths.
“I think extended paths will
be a wonderful addition to the
soccer fields, two covered pa- park,” Commissioner Russell
revenue is just keeping up with
The engineering firm is also
vilions, playground areas, and Winch said.
plant expense.
considering a new source of water,
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NEWS
From the Editor
Idiom ills
the wood piece. What remains is
a big piece of carved wood that is
called the stock. So the gun consists of the lock, stock and barrel.
“Did you sell everything?” “Lock,
stock and barrel!”
I was inspired to write this piece
when I heard one of the multi-millionaire talking heads that bring us
our news say, “… try a new tact.”
Tact is a sense of decorum. Try a
new sense of decorum? The proper word is “tack.” It’s a nautical
term. When one changes course
by turning through the direction
from which the wind is blowing it
is called a tack. So a new tack is
a new course or a new approach.
So one says, “This approach isn’t
working, let’s try a new tack.”
“Let’s flush out the details.”
Was that right? Yes, if the details
were hiding somewhere. Game is

I first took notice of abused idioms many years ago as I read a beer
coaster at Busch Gardens. The
coaster claimed the term “lock,
stock and barrel” originated from
the ancient beer industry. Something about owning the keys to
the business, the legal ownership
documents and the beer barrels.
Having grown up shooting muzzle-loaded rifles I knew the coaster
contained complete rubbish.
When you start to disassemble
a muzzle loader, you first usually
pull out one wedge pin and you
lift away the gun barrel. What you
have left is a big piece of wood and
a mechanical firing mechanism.
That mechanism contains the trigger the hammer, the spring and all
the interlocking metal pieces. It is
called the lock. Remove a screw or
two and you can pull that out of

flushed out of hiding. So if there
are some hidden people or information “flushing out” may be the
proper term. However, I often
hear people use “flush” when they
want to ad information or details
to a plan. That is where we use
“flesh”. It comes from the concept
of adding flesh to the bones of a
creature. “Fleshing out” adds meat
to the bones and it adds details to
a plan. So please flesh out the plan.
I better quit writing while I’m
ahead, otherwise I might burn my
bridges before they are hatched.
ERRATA: We missed two “by”
lines last month. Mike O’Connor
co-authored the railroad article on
page 1. The article, By the fireside,
on page 11 was written by our regular columnist Charissa Roberson.

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County starts 2016 legislative session (continued from page 1)
structures “historic” and recommended such a declaration. Six of
the seven councilmen rejected the
proposal with Billy Shreve being
the exception.
Now the County Council is the
defendant in a lawsuit filed by Social Betterment Properties International, the development wing of
the church.
This bill (16-02) strikes group
homes from the list of excepted
uses allowed on Historic Preservation Program properties while
retaining uses such as corporate
retreats, festivals, and weddings.
The bill sponsors (Fitzwater and

Donald) were contacted by the
Times to explain their striking of
“group homes” and only group
homes from the list of allowed uses under Historic Preservation.
Mr. Donald’s reason for denying a property owners the use of
their $4.8 million investment was
“group homes didn’t seem like a
good fit.”
Ms. Fitzwater’s reason for removal of group homes was,” I discovered that “group home use”
does not have a specific definition.”
The prima facie evidence is that
certain county council members

Walkersville Calls for Service
January 2016
Monthly Summary for Police Enforcement & Activities
Criminal &
Miscellaneous Calls

Traffic
Enforcement

Motor Vehicle
Collisions

Alarm

4

Citation

31

Accident Report

6

Assault

1

Warning

62

Non-Reportable

6

Assist other Police

8

SERO

16

Total Collisions:

12

Burglary

0

DUI

0
109

Community
Policing

3

CDS (narcotics)

1

Disorderly

2

Foot/Bike Patrol

5

Domestic

0

Patrol Check

87

Juvenile Complaint

0

AIRS

161

MDOP
(malicious destruction)

0

Miscellaneous

40

Missing Person

0

Theft / Fraud

1

Trespass

1

Warrant / Summons

0

Total Calls for Service: 58

Total Violations:

Other Activities

do not want the Church of Scientology to use the land they purchased as a drug rehabilitation facility. The methods being used
to prevent the church from using
their property is apparently the
subject of the ongoing lawsuit.
This bill, if passed, appears to confirm the plaintiff ’s case.
Bill 16-03 This bill brings pot
growing into agricultural zones
in Frederick County. It requires
continuous armed security with
“at least one armed security office (sic) for every 25,000 square
feet of use.” Let’s assume the bill
sponsor Keegan-Ayer meant to
write “security officer.” The sponsor was asked what her anticipated
use of the guns would be. Are they
to shoot an unarmed kid trying to
grab a pot plant? Are armed bands
of drug gangs expected to attack
such facilities? If so, why would
our county government promote
such an operation? Ms. Keegan-

Ayer was asked the above questions but did not respond.
Bill 16-04 This bill is a tax increase. It increases school and library impact fees as follows: For
homes, townhomes, and other
dwellings the fees are increased by
9.4%, 11.9%, and 12.4% respectively. Home and townhome fees
are now on the order of $15,000.
For the same dwelling types, library fees increase by 5.2%, 5.3%,
and 5.2% respectively. Library
fees are on the order of $700. Bills
16-04 and 16-05 transfer all subsequent year tax increase discretion to the County Executive. The
Council must take positive action
each year to override any proposed
CE tax increase.
Bill 16-05 This bill is another tax increase. The bill increases
school construction fees. These
apply when a development places a
demand on the school system that
requires additional space. If the
developer does not build a school

directly, they must pay these fees.
The fees are broken down by
school types: elementary, middle,
and high. Fee increases are 67%,
52%, and 51% respectively. As
an example, for a townhouse, the
school construction fee for an elementary school will increase from
$4981 to $8402. So to build a new
townhome may cost over $22,000
in school related fees. In a February 9 County Council workshop, county staff stated that the
revenue from the fees described
in bills 16-04 and 16-05 make up
less than 10% of school construction funding. Therefore it appears
there are other problems in school
construction cost and or funding
that won’t be addressed by these
two tax increases.
Bill 16-06 This bill extends the
annual bargaining period for Fire
and Rescue Services.

Towns seek compensation for snow expense
The Towns of Woodsboro and
Walkersville are submitting claims
to the state for snow removal expenses. Governor Hogan has filed

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for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster
funds to address some of the expenses associated with our heavy
January snowfall. The County is
collecting claim information from
the municipalities to report to the
state. As much as 75% of expenses
may be reimbursed.
As of February 10, the Town of
Walkersville’s snow expenses add-

ed up to over $70,000. Expenses
included snow removal contractors, fuel for town equipment, and
over $10,000 for salt. With more
invoices expected, the total cost
may reach $100,000.
Woodsboro also hired contractors for snow removal to supplement the Town staff.

New Walkersville water works in the works
(continued from page 1)
the Fountain Rock Spring which
is county property, but Walkersville has first-rights to its use.
Asked if there was a pressing urgency to get the new plant, Ms.

Rollins stated that was not the case
and the pace of the work would be
driven by the availability of funding sources.

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