Imhoff likens himself as the unofficial ambassador of The City of
Frederick.He told me in an interview,
that over the last 13 years, he has represented the city officially and
unofficially across the state.
the city is the envy of many with its unique blend of historic and new.He added it is a great story to tell because
the city is a great place to work and live.
I've known Alan for over sixteen years and he has always been involved in local politics and community issues. It seems when city elections comes around, he is often found running for office.
Republican who served one term as alderman, during the Jeff Holtzinger
administration, he wants to return to city hall to contribute to future strategic
planning that he believes is necessary for the city.
He came in
third in the Republican primary and acknowledged the Democrats have an overall
stronger ticket.However, he believes a Republican
or two will be elected as alderman and hopes to be one of them because there is
more he wishes to accomplish.
the rank and review process initiated under the Holtzinger administration for
annexations as one process he was proud to have helped institute. However, he
pointed out the annexations that have taken place during the current Republican
Randy McClement administration did not include any commercial development. Alan believes residential/mixed used zoning should be balanced with commercial.
important area Imhoff would like to see the city do is for the mayor and board
develop a strategic plan that will help them prioritize capitol works projects
to handle planned development. Similar to the rank and review process he helped
initiate for annexations, he believes there is need to develop a process to
determine city funding for improvements.
help the city in improving the overall quality of life for its residents by
balancing new development with redevelopment needs, such as the “golden mile”.
wants city officials to “get out of Frederick” and see what other
municipalities are doing around the country.Alan spoke enthusiastically about the downtown mall in Charlottesville, Virginia
where a pedestrian mall has many shops and restaurants located in the historic
buildings on and around old Main Street Charlottesville.
asked him how he felt about the city supporting the building of a downtown
hotel/conference center, Alan said he felt it was premature.He added he did not want the city building a
parking deck just for them.
expressed concern with how Phase II of the Carroll Creek project would be
developed, pointing out that it needed to generate foot traffic.He had noticed the condominiums that were
built on Phase I had not contributed to foot traffic along the creek.
debt to the Other Post Employment Benefits Program (OPEB) and the pension is
another area Alan wants the city to focus on.He would like the new mayor and board to review all existing contracts
with employees.A total set amount of
benefit dollars per employee is one way Alan has seen work effectively in the
private sector and he would like the city to create a task force to review this
as an option available to the city.
to the low city voter turnout, Alan said he had long been a proponent to move
the city election to coincide with the presidential election.The change would save the city up to $120,000
and also put the polling locations back in the schools where voters are familiar
with going to on Election Day.He added
nonpartisan elections did not improve voter turnout.
defended his support of the city purchasing the Hargett farm for use as a park,
pointing out Baker Park was not built overnight and this was a long term
project for the benefit of residents.
registered voters will choose their mayor and five member board of alderman on
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