The Frederick County Council will hear public comment Tuesday on a series of climate initiatives County Executive Jan Gardner announced in December.

Gardner’s $3.7 million proposal includes the creation of two new departments, staffed with more than eight new positions within the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources, to boost the county’s push to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and eradicate them by 2050.

A new Department of Climate and Energy would focus on reducing the county’s impact on climate change, while the Department of Stormwater would oversee how the county controls stormwater and related pollution.

Gardner has said her climate initiatives will save the county money in years to come by reducing energy costs, while Republicans on the council have argued against using county government’s unanticipated revenue and unspent funds from the last budget year, known as fund balance, to pay for it.

Those interested can tune in to the council’s meeting through an FCG TV livestream at FrederickCountyMD.gov or on cable channels 19 or 1085.

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chrisweatherly1

What's more critical to Frederick County taxpayers than having reliable, clean, off grid electricity in the form of microgrids?

No energy = no water to pump to put out fires.

No energy = no communications for first responders to assist those in need.

No energy = no power to run critical County buildings (fire/ police stations, command centers, hospitals, correctional institutions.

If a redundant means of reliable, clean energy is not critical, then we all might as well go back to farming and milking cows.

Boomer631B

Again this seems like an attempt to increase the size of the county government chaos by expanding this group initially by 8 people... to focus on a specific aspect of climate change within the county. Now you say that seems okay on the surface, and then you say wait - 1. The State of MD has taken on that initiative to lower greenhouse gases and reduce emissions etc... so why spend at the county level anymore than what we are already, 2. If these objectives that are cited in the article referring to why Jan wants this expansion now; maybe re-prioritize the work of that organization to focus on what seems to be more important to Jan and some others rather than expand the organization. Jan and her team need to learn to live within their budgets and adjust accordingly to what is critical versus what would be nice to do... instead of looking at the surplus revenue as if it is a gift to spend however for whatever! Still a need for bus drivers, healthcare workers, support staff, etc... seems the $$$$ that would be spent for 8 new people to fight this approach to climate change could be better spent on immediate critical resource issues.

Awteam2021

“Live within their budget and adjust accordingly.” You do know Frederick County has a 74 million dollar surplus and an AAA bond ratings from all three major bond rating agencies? You may disagree with focus on climate initiative but it’s not a difference between having bus drivers or healthcare workers. Most healthcare workers are privately employed. Frederick Regional Health System isn’t a county entity.

Boomer631B

So true about who owns what... but it does not stop the county of spending $$$ to help provide bonuses for new hires... be creative or better yet save the $$$ and spend it on something more critical. Yes do what is fiscal responsible sometimes - save it and don't spend it just because it is burning a hole in your pocket! Show some restraint hard for liberals not to spend others $$$$$

Hayduke2

Spend it on something more critical - be fiscally responsible .... This group has the ability to do just that - reduce impact, save $$ by looking at ways energy gets wasted in county building, increasing efficiency, etc. So yeah, it has the potential to be a wise investment in the future.

Boomer631B

So Hayduke2 - they can do all you say without adding 8 bodies to the payroll for climate control... it is called re-organizing what they have and working...

Hayduke2

Perhaps they are looking for people with particular skills and knowledge

Boomer631B

So then cut current staff and add new staff... but again it is about re-organization and having the right resources as you plan to execute... maybe Jan should run for a higher office because she loves to spend others money...

Hayduke2

You continue to miss the point or it goes right over your head tim...

AOC

Jan, what's next Frederick County Aeronautics and Space Administration?

Hayduke2

Naw, there are enough space cadets in the county already. Some even exhibit there space cadet credentials here...

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