Mayor Randy McClement stressed the city’s recent economic developments Monday evening, using Carroll Creek as the backdrop for his speech.
The mayor took his State of the City address outside to Carroll Creek despite looming clouds, promising to give next year’s address at the same location to show the area’s development over the next 12 months.
“I plan on using tonight as a before picture, and ... I will be holding the State of the City address right here next year to give you the after picture,” McClement said in his speech.
When asked afterward if Carroll Creek Linear Park would be complete for next year’s State of the City address, McClement said he believed the area would be developed for the most part.
“It’ll be pretty darn close to completion — enough to see the difference,” he said.
McClement also highlighted the city’s mindful spending, including the development of Freecycle Roundup, an initiative that encourages residents to bring bulk items to a designated area, a cheaper alternative to curbside pickup of bulk trash.
“The Freecycle Roundup is not perfect, but the cost to the city is less than $10,000 ... a saving to the city taxpayers of over $230,000,” he said.
Bulk trash is Frederick’s biggest issue, according to Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak. While the initiative is a good idea, not everyone has the resources or means to haul bulk items to the designated location, she said.
McClement said the program is popular, noting the local nonprofits that sort through the pile for items worth saving “bring bigger and bigger trucks every time.”
Kuzemchak said that although she enjoyed McClement’s speech, the mayor’s goals to develop Monocacy Boulevard and Carroll Creek are old news.
“I don’t see anything new happening,” Kuzemchak said.
Alderman Philip Dacey said he is looking forward to viewing the developments of Carroll Creek Linear Park at next year’s address.
“I think he gave a good vision ... and I’m excited to come back and see the tangible benefits,” he said.
Alderman Michael O’Connor said the mayor’s speech captured the state of Frederick today, stressing the need to address certain issues, such as improving the code enforcement reporting system.
“I absolutely concur with the state of the city — strong, but not perfect,” he said.
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