January 19th recap: Part Uno and Part Dos.

We feel your pain Snowball!
We feel your pain, Snowball!

Part Uno:

Very short first half of the meeting. Billy abstains and then says no. And then we are treated to a very informative presentation about Maryland’s new voting system. There will now be a paper print out that the county election board must keep on file for 22 months. That should hopefully ease any fears about there not being a paper trail for our elections. These new machines will be taking a tour of the county:

Date / Time



Tuesday, January 26, 2016 , 1 PM  – 5 PM Brunswick Public Library 915 North Maple Avenue, Brunswick, MD 21716
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 , 4 PM – 7 PM Point of Rocks Library 1635 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks, MD 21777
Friday, February 12, 2016, 10 AM – 3 PM Emmitsburg Senior Center 300 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 10 AM – 3 PM Frederick Senior Center 1440 Taney Avenue, Frederick, MD 21702
Friday, February 19, 2016, 10 AM – 4 PM Urbana Regional Library 9020 Amelung  Street, Frederick, MD 21704
Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 10 AM – 4 PM Thurmont Regional Library 76 East Moser Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 10 AM – 3 PM Urbana Senior Center 9020 Amelung  Street, Frederick, MD 21704

If you are interested in becoming an election judge, of which they still need hundreds, please follow this link: http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/3227/Election-Judge-Questionnaire

Bud then read into record two new bills being introduced by the county executive to pay for the construction of schools and libraries. We are sure there will be more discussion of this when it’s time for the public hearing.

Finally we close the curtain on Part Uno as the council goes into closed session to talk about a lawsuit (Trout Run?).

Part Dos:

This section of the meeting was totally devoted to Ourisman’s plea to rezone the parcel of land behind Wal-Mart so they could expand their dealership. No kinks here and the rezone was passed. One observation from this section. Billy take a lesson on how to present visual aids. Because this:

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Is oh so much more professional looking as opposed to, let’s say, this:

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We had some good public comments (hi Stan!). We always enjoy hearing the smart ladies from the League of Women Voters. Then: why, people? Why do Council Member comments always have to go so wrong?

Kirby makes us aware that he’s all for clean energy and being on the side of the state of Maryland? When did this conversion occur? Are we to see a more enlightened Councilman? Oh, wait. That’s right. Jan put a 6 month stop to solar farms on public lands to make sure that these installations are being planned in a smart way. You might call that a conservative step. So somehow this whole conversation was about how he finds it “very interesting” that Jan is on the wrong side of business and the State. How clever. Nobody is falling for this though. Not even Tony, who happens to throw his hat in the ring to show support for Jan’s plan.

It would appear that Billy is obsessed with Bud. His past few comments have been devoted to calling Bud out on what Billy thinks are his deficiencies. In the past, Bud has addressed his comments and a little sparring would occur. We have to say we love what happened tonight. Billy went off on one of his little tirades and when Bud’s turn came..no mention of Billy. Not a single word. Silence is truly golden. Enjoy the serving of cold shoulder, Billy. Mmm…mmm, good.



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