Aldermen against city mayor prioritizing annexation requests

Gazette
Keith Martin
12/06/2007
When it comes to ranking requests for land annexation into the City of Frederick, a majority of the Board of Aldermen thinks the decision should not lie solely with Mayor W. Jeff Holtzinger. At tonight’s public hearing, the board is scheduled to discuss a resolution on how to weigh and rank each request to incorporate land into the city’s existing boundaries.Chuck Boyd, deputy director for Planning, has told the board in two prior discussions that his department has more than a dozen inquiries from landowners regarding annexation into the city. Frederick has a moratorium on the practice dating back to 2002. The proposed resolution states the mayor will evaluate the merits of each case and rank them accordingly. It is that stipulation which has all three of the city’s Democratic aldermen calling for more discussion at tonight’s meeting. Alderman Donna Kuzemchak (D) said Holtzinger (R) should "absolutely not” have lone authority on prioritizing requests, since "annexation is a legislative act ... and a decision for the whole city.”