In reference to the Aug, 23 Frederick News-Post article by Ryan Marshall (“City: Progress being made on Monocacy Boulevard Project”), the paper and Mr. Marshall continue to avoid addressing the most important part of this ongoing saga. The article states, “The project has been delayed by issues between the city and project’s Washington D.C.-based contractor, Milani Construction …”
Taxpayers, voters, business owners and drivers simply want to know, what are the “issues”? Why has it taken over two years to improve 3,550 feet of roadway? Are these delays costing the city (and thus taxpayers) additional money? Why was the road completely closed in the first place? How much longer must business owners and commuters suffer economic and time losses? Interview and name the specific city employee(s) who entered into and monitor this contract with Milani. What is causing the delays, and who is responsible?
This “puff” piece singing the city’s and Milani’s praises for a failed project was not only an insult to good journalism but also to News-Post readers who look to the local paper as a government watchdog.