Judge to revisit Frederick annexations

Frederick News Post
Patti S. Borda
11/23/2010
Frederick's 2009 annexation of 436 acres continues to play out in the courts since an injunction was filed earlier this year by Friends of Frederick County. Friends filed a motion for summary judgment on the grounds that two annexations under the last city administration failed to comply with state law. City Attorney Saundra Nickols said Monday she had not seen the latest motion, but the city would certainly not agree the annexation was illegal. In September 2009, the city voted to annex 285 acres of the Crum Farm at U.S. 15 and Willowdale Drive, and 110 acres bounded by Biggs Ford Road, the Monocacy River and U.S. 15 known as the Thatcher Farm. In each of those annexations, Friends of Frederick County's motion claims that the city failed to prepare an annexation plan, zoning limitations and charter amendments. "Failure to meet these requirements, or any one of these requirements, invalidates the annexation," the motion states.