Frederick City Council meets in regular session


By Kathleen Guill - [email protected]



The Frederick Public Works Authority met in a regular session at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Memorial Civic Center, 110 S. 17th St. in Frederick.

Officials present were Chairman Eddie Whitworth and Trustees Jim Smith, Chris Cole, Robert Meador and Kevin Ouellette.

Staff present were General Manager Robert Johnston, Finance Director Fabian Reyes, Secretary Lupe Arumugam and City Attorney Pat Kent.

The board unanimously approved:

* Minutes of the Jan. 24 regular meeting,

* Claims in the amount of $433, 188.20, and

* Transfer to the general fund, capital improvement fund in the amount of $110, 775.

Johnston gave a brief update on the Gridliance project and said , said he will have more information in the coming weeks.

There was no new business, so Johnston opened the floor for citizen comments.

The board unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting so the Frederick City Council could began the agenda for its regular session.

The meeting was called to order, and the Pledge of Allegiance followed.

Officials present were Mayor Eddie Whitworth and councilmen Jim Smith, Chris Cole, Robert Meador and Kevin Ouellette.

Staff present were City Manager Robert Johnston, City Treasurer Fabian Reyes, City Clerk Lupe Arumugam and City Attorney Pat Kent.

The council unanimously voted to approve the minutes of the Jan. 24 regular meeting and the Feb. 6 special meeting as well as the following claims:

* General government in the amount of $77,800.75,

* Airport in the amount of $3,377.67,

* Capital improvement in the amount of $63,556.70, and

* Frederick Economic Development Authority or FEDA in the amount of $1,117.48

The council unanimously voted to declare a tract of real estate to be surplus property and to possibly dispose of the property if a buyer is found.

The council accepted a bid by Lonehickory Cattle Company for bridge, culvert replacement at the Frederick Regional Airport.

The council also unanimously accepted a proposal from Auto Leasing Specialists Inc. for four 2017 police vehicles.

Johnston said that it is less expensive to lease the vehicles so the city doesn’t have to pay for maintenance on them. The council approved a three-year lease for the vehicles at $48,000 per year. Johnston said that the money will come from the police budget.

The council unanimously voted to enter into an executive session to discuss negotiations with the International Association of Fire Fighters regarding the 2016, 2017 collective bargaining agreement. No action was taken.

The council unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting.

By Kathleen Guill

[email protected]

Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.

Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.

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