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Talon Construction Earns Honors

Frederick Magazine recently ranked Talon Construction, Inc. as the “Best Carpentry & Home Improvement” in its 2011 “Best of Frederick” issue.

The list is populated by the results of an annual poll given to the readers of Frederick Magazine gathering information on what the readers like best about the region. Talon Construction, Inc. is listed among other “award-winning Frederick finds.”

Talon Construction is a professional home improvement contractor with work in both Frederick and Montgomery counties.

Senior Moving Service Available

The Last Re-Sort! a Senior Move Management company owned and operated by Susie Collins and Stacey France, is offering its services in Urbana.

The Last Re-Sort! is dedicated to helping seniors and their families as they move through various stages of their lives. By facilitating all aspects of the moving process, senior move managers will help alleviate the stress of seniors having to do a move on their own.

Services The Last Re-Sort offers include customized floor plans; organizing, sorting and downsizing; arranging for the sale, donation or disposal of unwanted items; packing and unpacking household contents; assistance in securing a moving company; and staging the house to sell.

For more information, call The Last Re-Sort at 301.602.8076 or visit www.thelastre-sort.com.

County Joins Freight Transportation Study

Frederick County is partnering with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) to participate in the Transportation Land Use Connections (TLC) program.

This project will identify ways to enhance the relationship between goods movement and existing and proposed land uses. Short- and long-term land use and transportation recommendations will be developed. The project’s goal will identify best practices for accommodating freight movement while maximizing safety, air quality and quality of life.

The study will address the accommodation of short-line and long haul trucking as well as clearly defining the role of short and long distance freight rail in the county. Freight-dependent land use designations will be reviewed, and opportunities for maximizing the utility of freight rail corridors will be identified. Intelligent transportation system resources for the management of goods movement and safety will be identified.

The project will also include recommendations for implementation and incorporation of study findings into an upcoming small area and corridor plans and local and regional transportation plans.

All business owners, shippers, carriers and customers are invited to take the survey. To participate, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/frederickcountyfreightlanduseplan.

Commissioners Improve Business Climate

With the goal of improving the “business-friendly” atmosphere in Frederick County, the Board of County Commissioners reviewed fee reductions and changes to rules and regulations that have been identified by the business community. The recommended changes are the start of a process to consider over 200 proposals to reduce, alter or eliminate rules and regulations to help improve county processes.

The items were proposed after recent meetings with officials from the Permitting and Development Review and Economic Development Divisions and members of the Frederick Chamber of Commerce, Frederick County Builders Association, commercial business representatives and many other stakeholders.

Board President Blaine Young said, “Our initiative to work openly and collaboratively with businesses will help ease regulatory burdens during difficult economic times while at the same time making sure basic government oversight is maintained. Let it be known that we are ‘open for business’ in Frederick County. We appreciate your business and want your business.”

The board also approved an expedited commercial permit process, extension of development approval dates, plumbing code amendments and stormwater management ordinance amendments.

The changes coincide with the Board of County Commissioners’ proposed strategic goal of providing improved predictability for businesses. The goal states, “Frederick County needs to implement predictability in the business community in order to reduce inefficiencies, allow cost control, provide an effective process and increase understanding in daily business processes within Frederick County Government.”

For further information, contact Permitting and Development Review Division Director Gary Hessong at 301.600.1172 or via e-mail at ghessong@FrederickCountyMD.gov.

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