It changes a few things in city government.
After six years of work by an ad hoc committee, the City of Frederick has a new Charter. The document was adopted unanimously by the Board of Aldermen Thursday night.
City Attorney Saundra Nickols says the new Charter differs very little from the current document, but there some changes. "The date of which the mayor must submit to the Board of Aldermen a proposed budget for the following fiscal year is being moved up to April 1st," she says. "The Chief of Police is no longer required to live within city limits, but rather must reside within ten miles of the intersection of Market and Patrick Streets."
In addition, Nickols says provisions related to planning and zoning are being eliminated completely because they are already covered by the City's Land Management Code and/or the Annotated Code of Maryland.
Prior to their adoption of the Charter, the Aldermen agreed to make some changes regarding their Thursday night meetings. They will still be required to meet the first and third Thursdays of each month. But if a meeting falls on a holiday or other reasons, the Board can reschedule or cancel the regular meeting. That proposal came from Alderwoman Shelley Aloi.
The Aldermen also removed items from the Charter related to municipal employees, finance and taxation, the Police Department, and sidewalks, and placed them in the City's Code.
The City of Frederick's Charter was first adopted in 1951. It has been amended many times since then, but this is the first time it has had a total overhaul. An ad hoc committee was formed in 2007 to do a complete rewrite of the charter.
In other action, the Board of Aldermen agreed to continue a hearing on a proposed annexation until the October 17th meeting. Elected officials wanted some road issues cleared up before taking a vote on the incorporation itself and the annexation plan.
The proposed annexation covers 48.816 acres known as the Bartgis/Lascick-Rallas properties located north of the intersection of Walter Martz Road and Christophers Crossing.