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If you would like to send money to an inmate, it must be done in the form of a Money Order or Cashier’s Check. Money Orders must be made payable to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center with the Inmate’s Full Name and Identification Number noted on the Money Order. Money Orders and Cashier Checks will only be accepted through the mail. Monies received by the Detention Center will be credited to the inmate’s account within forty-eight (48) hours (excluding weekends and holidays, and subject to restrictions and holds). All inmates will receive a receipt immediately for all deposits. Cash and personal checks will not be accepted for any reason. Mail received containing cash, personal check or incorrect cashier’s checks/money orders will be returned to the sender.
“Inmates Name and Number”Frederick County Adult Detention Center7300 Marcie’s Choice LaneFrederick, Maryland 21704
We contract this service to an outside billing vendor, AMB/Ambulance Medical Billing. They are based in Paducah, Kentucky and handle most billing issues.
For patients being transported by one of our Fire/Rescue companies, we have an agreement with local hospitals to forward insurance information directly to the billing vendor.
Copies of bills/reports can be requested from our HIPAA Compliance Officer at: Phone (301) 600-1308 or Fax (301) 600-1018.
There are many times, for whatever reason, that your insurance information is not received or that the insurance information submitted is not current. Our billing vendor will make every attempt to obtain your latest insurance information and submit a claim on your behalf. You may also contact the billing vendor directly at 1-844-889-7701 to provide this information.
Please contact our billing vendor at 1-844-889-7701 or the local office at 301-600-1644 to have this corrected.
Not all transports are approved by insurance companies, and many insurance companies will not pay if they feel the transport was not medically necessary. Please contact your specific insurance carrier directly to determine your coverage and the reason your transport was not covered.
As a Subscription Club member you are not billed for any balance that is not covered by your insurance. However, we will file a claim to your insurance company even if you have a subscription membership.
You can pay your ambulance bill by personal check or money order made payable to "Frederick County MD Ambulance Billing" and mail to: Frederick County MD Ambulance Billing P.O. Box 3660 Frederick, MD 21705.
We understand that an emergency can happen at any time, especially when you least expect it. Please be assured that we are committed to providing you with excellent professional care, regardless of your ability to pay. Our office will work with you to set up a payment arrangement that is comfortable and affordable to you. Contact the EMS Billing Coordinator at 301-600-6781 for assistance.
Disinfection is a chemical process used in water systems where chemicals are added to inactivate or kill pathogens (i.e., disease causing organisms) found in source water (i.e., lakes, reservoirs, or groundwater sources). Chlorine is the chemical used in Frederick County water systems.
Disinfection byproducts are formed when disinfectants used in water treatment react with bromine and/or natural organic matter (i.e., decaying vegetation) present in the source water. Disinfection byproducts, which are typically found in Frederick County drinking water include trihalomethanes (TTHMs) and haloacetic acids.
Current disinfection methods used in water systems can inactivate pathogens, but can also form disinfection byproducts that may be harmful to human health. EPA regulations for disinfection byproducts are intended to both protect people from waterborne disease and the potential harmful effects of disinfection byproducts.
Haloacetic acids are five haloacetic acid compounds (HAA5), which form when disinfectants react with natural organic matter in the water.
Yes. The health risks associated with haloacetic acids are only seen after many years of exposure to levels above the MCL. With the exception of haloacetic acids, the water in Clover Hill III meets all other state and federal drinking water requirements.
Most home treatment systems, including a refrigerator filter (using activated carbon) or a drinking water filter (using activated carbon), which reduce chlorine, also reduce HAA5.
Compliance is based upon the Locational Running Annual Average for each sample site and is calculated using quarterly monitoring results from February, May, August and November of each year. An annual (4-quarter) average is used because concentrations fluctuate throughout the year. Typically, the highest concentrations are found in August of each year when temperatures are high and source water contains the greatest amount of organic matter, while the lowest concentrations are found throughout the winter.
Yes. With the most recent sample results (May 2018) reported to the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Locational Running Annual Average (LRAA) for Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) is now 59.4 parts per billion (ppb). The standard is 60 ppb based upon a Locational Running Annual Average, which is calculated by averaging the results at each individual sampling location for the past 12 months.
It is a unit of measure. For comparison, 1 part per billion equals: 1 penny in 10 million dollars, 1 second in 32 years, 1 foot of a trip to the moon, 1 blade of grass on a football field or 1 drop of water in an Olympic-size swimming pool.
Because the water the County provides to our customers in Clover Hill III is produced by the City of Frederick, we are working closely with their staff to find a resolution. We have taken immediate steps to increase water quality monitoring and have increased the frequency of routine flushing of the water system. At the same time, City of Frederick staff are looking at methods to improve treatment at their Fishing Creek source, which provides the majority of your drinking water.
While our flushing efforts have resulted in some minor improvements to water quality, improvements to source water treatment will be needed to fully address the HAA5 issue. To that end, the City of Frederick has approved funding in their 2019 Capital Improvement Projects budget to design and install treatment improvements at the Fishing Creek Reservoir and Lester Dingle Water Treatment Plant. Engineering studies have shown that these improvements will significantly decrease HAA5 formation. These projects are anticipated to be completed in late spring/early summer 2019.
The County operated the Clover Hill III Water Treatment Plant, which used wells as a source of water, until April 2016. At that time, the water distribution system was connected to the City of Frederick's water system as part of an on-going effort to consolidate regional water systems with the City. Once this connection was made, the treatment plant was decommissioned and the water appropriations for the wells were relinquished, so this is no longer an option.
No. The County has 13 individual water systems, with its Potomac River supply being the largest providing water to nearly 50,000 residents. Average HAA5 levels on these systems ranged from 'not detected' to a high of 89.2 ppb in 2017. For more comparative information please see our Water Quality Reports at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/WaterQualityReports.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is your primary contact point for questions regarding their Emergency Preparedness Rule. Neither Frederick County Emergency Management nor the Frederick County Health Department can provide guidance on compliance.
If you have general questions on emergency preparedness or specific questions on resources available in Frederick County, you may email EM@FrederickCountyMD.gov and staff will do their best to assist you.
Currently, neither the Division of Emergency Management nor the Frederick County Health Department require facilities submit their emergency plan for review or file nor do we provide approval of plans.
Frederick County does not currently have plans for any exercises that will assist meeting the exercise requirement of the CMS Preparedness Rule. Any future community based exercises sponsored by Frederick County will be listed on the CMS Preparedness Rule web page under the training/exercises tab.
You may wish to contact other healthcare facilities in your area subject to the Preparedness Rule to collaborate on an exercise. Sample tabletop exercise scenarios you can adapt to your facilities needs can be found on our CMS Preparedness Rule web page under the training/exercises tab.
Part of your communication plan should include telephone numbers to contact the Division of Emergency Management and the Frederick County Health Department should it be necessary during an emergency. In any life-safety emergency, both agencies can be reached by calling 9-1-1. For urgent, but not critical emergency needs after normal business hours, you can call the non-emergency 24 hour number at 301-600-1603.
During normal business hours with non life-safety or critical needs you may reach us at the following numbers:
If you require documentation that you have coordinated with us for your records, please email your communication plan to EM@frederickcountymd.gov. Staff will review the communication plan to ensure our contact information is correct, then respond to confirm or request correction.
Long term care facilities and dialysis centers have additional coordination requirements! If you are with a dialysis center or long-term care facility and need more information on your coordination requirements, contact the Department of Health, Office of Public Health Preparedness at 301-600-6052.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services created a crosswalk which provides a simplified overview of requirements by facility type. For your convenience you can find a copy of that document here.
If you have specific questions about what is required for your facility, contact Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services directly.
Please fill out this form: https://www.frederickcountymd.gov/FormCenter/Fire-Rescue-6/Fire-Report-Request-38. Once you submit your information, it will come directly to our office. Once the report is available we can send it to you.
Frederick County government currently does not have a bulk trash pickup program. Appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves, etc. can be brought to the recycling center on Reichs Ford Road free of charge during normal business hours: Monday through Saturday 7:00 am to 4:30 pm. Residents living within an incorporated municipality's town limits should contact that town to inquire about their bulk pickup program.
Frederick County will remove large wildlife animal carcasses (i.e. deer, bear, etc.) that are located within the County's right-of-way. To report large animal carcasses located within the county right-of-way, please fill out a County Work Request form or contact us at 301-600-1564. Please refer to the "Removal of Animal Carcass on a County Road or Right-of-Way Policy."
This decision is handled by the Office of Transportation Engineering, you may reach them at 301-600-2930.
To report a damaged guardrail or request a new guardrail installation, please fill out a county work request form or contact us at 301-600-1564.
The Office of Highway Operations mows behind guardrails two times a year, then treats the area to keep the weeds down.
If you shovel your driveway apron before the plow comes through, always shovel snow to the right, facing the street. This will lower the amount of snow that will be pushed across your driveway entrance.
Please contact Central Communications at 301-600-1603 after hours. During regular business hours (7:00 am - 3:30 pm), please call Highway Operations at 301-600-1564 or fill out a County Work Request Form.
FRO is the County’s adopted version of the Maryland Forest Conservation Act and is designed to protect and enhance forests in Frederick County. For more information about the Forest Resource Program, including development mitigation requirements, the forest banking program, forest planting projects, and the ecological information visit the FRO website. For additional questions, please contact Graham Hubbard at 301-600-1436.
You can preview the ballots for the 2018 Gubernatorial Primary on the Maryland State Board of Elections website. (This link opens the Frederick County ballots in a new tab.)
To receive an application, you may call the Frederick County Board of Elections at 301-600-VOTE (301-600-8683), or write them at: 340A Montevue Lane, Frederick, Maryland 21702. The voter registration application is available online here:
The voter registration application can be used for any changes, and is available online here: If you have any questions about the form, you may call the Frederick County Board of Elections at 301-600-VOTE (301-600-8683), or write them at: 340A Montevue Lane, Frederick, Maryland 21702.
Yes, in order to be an official Voter Registration Volunteer, you'll need to stop by our office for a short training session. It is easy, and training takes less than an hour.
Election workers in Maryland are called "Election Judges." It is a fantastic way to serve your community, AND make a little extra money!
Find out how to be an Election Worker, complete an online application, or download an application form.
If you know you cannot vote in person at your designated polling place on the day of an election, you can come to the Board of Elections, or you can download the absentee ballot application, complete the application, and then mail it, email it, or fax it to our office. You may also vote during Early Voting prior to Election Day. Early Voting for the 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election is June 14 - 21, 2018 from 10 am-8 pm daily. Early Voting for the 2018 Gubernatorial General Election is October 25 - November 1, 2018 from 10 am-8 pm daily.
Information is available on the READY Frederick County website www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/READY to assist you in formulating your plan. To further assist you, links are also available to the READY.gov federal website and the American Red Cross - Frederick County Chapter. During an emergency, the County’s web site and local TV/radio stations will provide emergency information.
You also want to be prepared to “shelter in place” for 3 days. (For example, a big snow storm.) To shelter comfortably, you will want to have the basics: 1 gallon of water per person per day, food and manual can opener, a week’s supply of prescription medication, battery powered radio with extra batteries, extra batteries for hearing aids or other assistance devices, flashlight with extra batteries, a list of contacts with family members, friends, doctors, and first aid supplies. Any items you normally use that you would need for 3 days should an emergency occur should also be included. If you have a pet, you will need 3 days supply of food and water for each pet. Should you have to evacuate, these supplies should go with you. More extensive lists and information can be found on websites dealing with preparedness, such as www.ready.gov.
It is also a very good idea to have a “go bag” ready in case you have to evacuate either your home or work place. This small bag could include those personal items you would need if you had to leave without any notice as well as copies of financial records, pet’s veterinarian records, extra keys for house and car, cash, spare glasses or other special needs items, such as medications, batteries for assistance devices and copies of family documents.
Ask your supervisor for the company’s emergency plan and make sure you understand fully what their plans and policies are. You may also want to plan and practice an evacuation if the company does not routinely offer drills.
If you need assistance, make sure you coordinate with your supervisor and plan with co-workers in advance so they can provide assistance.
If you have hearing loss, you may also want to consider purchasing a close captioned battery operated TV in case of power outage.
For Frederick County Schools please visit www.FCPS.org
A variety of public and private entities notify local cable news and radio stations.
930 WFMD AMWFRE 99.9 FM WAFY KEY 103.1 FM NBC 25 WHAG - TVCable Channel 19 - Frederick County GovernmentCable Channel 18 - Frederick County Public SchoolsCable Channel 99 - Some of Frederick County's Municipalities, call your town office for more information
These exercises imagine incident-based scenarios that are most likely to occur and the County’s proposed response to the situation, based on available resources. The learning experiences gained from these exercises allow emergency managers to act as facilitators to emergency responders by providing support, expertise, and avenues to obtain resources that may be required to manage a particular incident.
Being aware and staying informed is key to reducing threats to life or property during a disaster. The Division of Emergency Management’s role is to support public safety agencies, continuity of government operations, and to provide reliable and timely information to the public during an emergency. The Emergency Operations Plan provides guidance across County departments, agencies and response organizations by describing an overall emergency response system.
The County offers emergency notifications through a variety of different methods such as text, television, website and radio.
During an emergency, the County’s resources may be scarce. That is why we encourage all residents to plan in advance, with neighbors, friends and family so if you should need assistance, you have people you can call on.
At times, travel restrictions are part of a State of Emergency. This is typically done to allow snowplows to clear the roads. At other times government offices may be closed. A State of Emergency permits government officials to recommend specific actions that citizens should take to insure the safety of their families and homes during the emergency. Each emergency is different, and different factors will impact the decisions made by State officials in response to the incident.
Prohibited parking on roads and streets designated as snow emergency routes and the use of snow tires/chains (most cars now use all weather tires, so changing to "snow" tires is unnecessary).
Once an emergency is in effect, all requirements are in effect until lifted. A Snow Emergency Plan is put into effect by county. Certain exceptions can occur while a snow emergency plan is in effect. A specific route(s) can be lifted and the remainders of the roads in the county still remain under the Snow Emergency Plan. For the most up to date information, it is advised to call the local MSP barrack for the county. In Frederick County, contact the Maryland State Police B Barrack at 301-600-4151. List of Maryland State Police Barracks
WatchA watch is used when conditions are favorable for dangerous weather to occur. The weather is not currently occurring.
WarningA warning means dangerous weather is happening in a certain region or is extremely likely to happen soon.
Weather watches typically come many hours before warnings. For example, a winter storm watch is usually declared for an area from 12 to 36 hours prior to a storm, while a warning indicates that a storm has been observed nearby and is about to hit the area.
AdvisoryAnother type of weather alert is an advisory. An advisory is similar to a warning except that the weather conditions are not as severe.
Although dealing with any disaster in the County will be paramount, the continuity of operations of the County Government must be maintained. Our emergency support functions, which include all County agencies, have established contingency plans to maintain operations to the entire County, even those who may not be affected by disaster.
Frederick County generally does not open warming or cooling centers unless extreme circumstances warrant them, such as the 2010 February Blizzard. If you are in need of a location to warm up/cool down, public libraries and other public buildings are an excellent resource.
We hold orientations regularly. You must complete our referral form by calling (301) 600-2206 or you can fax the referral form to (301) 600-2209 to register for our program. Once we have a completed referral form and space is available then a case manager will make contact to schedule a one on one orientation.
Virtual School is part of Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS). Through this program, students can earn credits towards a high school diploma. Courses are aligned to FCPS Essential Curricula and represent a variety of merit, honors, and Advanced Placement options. Students should be self-motivated independent learners and they usually take one course at a time. Instructors are highly-qualified FCPS teachers with special training in working with students in a virtual setting. Family Partnership (FP) collaborates with Frederick County Virtual School. Through this collaboration, students that are enrolled in Virtual School classes that could also benefit from FP services are allowed to take their classes on-line in FP’s computer lab. Regular attendance at Family Partnership is required.
If you are under 18 years old, you cannot enroll in the GED program. By law you are required to be enrolled in a school that gives you access to a secondary school curriculum. If you have met an exception to this law, there are limited options for GED studies. Please contact the center directly.
You will be required to attend an Orientation at Family Partnership. If after attending Orientation and meeting with a Case Manager, you decide that you want to begin your GED studies here, you will need to withdraw from your home (current) school. Please speak to your Guidance Counselor or your Pupil Personnel Worker regarding the withdrawal process.
All participants that attend Family Partnership can receive employment readiness services. These services include one on one assistance and employment workshops on career exploration and job readiness, computer skills, career goal setting, resume writing, interviewing skills, job searching, paid internships and completing job applications.
If you are bringing a child under the age of 4 then you will need to bring a copy of immunization records. If you are interested in the GED services then you will need to bring your official withdrawal form from your last high school. If you are between the ages of 16-24, there may be additional documents that we will need to collect from you, such as birth certificate and social security card, and other items.
The National Register of Historic Places is a Federal designation administered in Maryland by the Maryland Historical Trust, the State agency for historic preservation. Visit their website for more information on benefits, how to nominate a property to the National Register, and the tax credit program. Maryland Historical Trust
Twenty jurisdictions in the National Capital Region are conducting a simultaneous regional Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system test on Thursday, April 5, 2018, between 10 – 11 a.m. Jurisdictions participating in the WEA test include: City of Alexandria, City of Bowie, City of College Park, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, City of Gaithersburg, City of Greenbelt, City of Takoma Park, City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park, City of Rockville, District of Columbia, Arlington County, Charles County, Fairfax County, Frederick County, Loudoun County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County and Prince William County.
In the event widespread severe weather or other significant event occurs on April 2, the back-up date for the test is Monday, April 9, between 10-11 a.m. Sulayman Brown (Fairfax County), WEA subcommittee chair, is hosting a call on Thursday, April 5, at 9 a.m. for the jurisdiction administrators of the WEA system to give the green light for the test – PIOs/communication officials should connect with your WEA administrator to learn the outcome of this April 2 conference call.
The National Capital Region’s Emergency Managers Council of Governments is conducting the country’s first live, geo-targeting exercise of WEA of this magnitude - approximately 5.2 million residents and visitors will be in the test area. Each jurisdiction is notifying public safety, law enforcement, private/public sectors partners, public transit officials and the public.
Local government emergency managers need to hear from the public about the test. Individuals are asked to complete a survey at www.mwcog.org/wea to share experiences regarding the WEA test. The survey closes on Friday, April 13.
WEA is a public safety system allowing people who use cell phones and other mobile devices to receive geographically-targeted, text-like messages about threats to safety in their area.
No. Towards the end of 2017, emergency management officials determined exercising the coordination and deployment of a coordinated, regional WEA was needed to ensure the public receives the right information, at the right time, to make the right decisions during an actual emergency.
Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems assesses the system and identifies any needed improvements. Public safety officials need to be sure in times of an emergency or disaster, they have reliable methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public. Conducting a regional test supports the continued use, training, and improvement of the WEA system.
There are three types of messages sent through WEA: extreme weather and other threatening emergencies in an area, AMBER alerts, and Presidential alerts during a national emergency.
“This is a test of the Frederick County Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action required.”
WEA includes a special tone (some describe it as quite loud) and a vibration, both repeated twice. A text message also appears on the mobile device.
Authorized national, state or local government authorities may send alerts regarding public safety emergencies – such as evacuation orders or shelter-in-place orders due to severe weather, a terrorist threat or chemical spill – using WEA. The alerts from authenticated public safety officials are sent through FEMA's Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to participating wireless carriers, which then push the alerts to cell phones and enabled mobile devices in the affected area.
Authorized officials select the coverage area(s) which best match the location of an emergency. All WEA-enabled mobile devices in the target location can receive the alert, even if they are roaming or visiting from another state. In other words, a customer visiting from Richmond or Detroit would receive alerts in Washington, D.C., as long as he/she has a WEA-enabled mobile device in the alert zone.
The public does not sign up to receive a WEA message; it is automatically deployed through the jurisdiction’s WEA system.
Each jurisdiction participating in the exercise will draw their geo-targeted map. We are 100 percent certain cell phone or enabled mobile devices located outside, but near, our jurisdiction will receive the WEA alert because this technology uses carrier towers. Closer to rural areas, bleed over may be significant (up to five miles) and in densely populated areas, it’s less (up to one mile). Officials take issuing a WEA seriously – so if you receive a WEA, follow the protective actions and immediately turn to local news for more details. During an actual emergency officials are committed to providing critical life-saving information; therefore, there is no exclusivity to this responsibility. We want to ensure the safety of the public which means we will communicate as much as possible in as many ways as possible.
It is very likely based on a person’s location between 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, that he/she will receive multiple WEA messages. For example, a person attends a coffee meeting at 10:00 a.m. in Alexandria, at 10:30 a.m. drives to Arlington and 11:00 a.m. heads to D.C. for another meeting. As a person navigates around the NCR during 10-11 a.m., they will receive multiple messages.
No, if a person’s WEA-enabled cell phone or mobile device is located in the target location, an alert will be received. A person does not sign up to receive a WEA alert.
WEA is a short text message designed to capture your attention – emergency officials currently only have 90 characters for the message. Frederick County sends text messages and/or emails to people who have subscribed at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/Alerts. Messages sent through Alert Frederick County often include more in-depth details about a critical event.
No. This service is offered for free.
No. A WEA message is broadcast from area carrier towers to mobile devices in the area. Every WEA-capable phone within range receives the message, just like emergency weather alerts you see on local TV. WEA, like the TV station, doesn't know who is tuned in.
According to the FCC, consumers with prepaid phones can receive WEAs as long as their provider has decided to participate in WEA and the customer has a WEA-enabled device. These consumers receive the alerts just as customers with paid, monthly service do.
WEA is one of the many ways emergency officials will communicate with you during an emergency. Other sources include NOAA Weather Radio, news broadcasts, the Emergency Alert System on radio and TV and Alert Frederick County.
There are numerous reasons a person may not receive the WEA test:
Some participating carriers may offer WEA on some, but not all, of their mobile devices. Consumers should check with their wireless carriers to find out if their cell phone is WEA-capable.
Launch the Settings app on your iPhone. Tap on Notification Center and scroll all the way to the bottom. Under the Government Alerts section, toggle the AMBER Alerts or Government Alerts option on or off to enable or disable them.
To review status, go to Settings, click on the More option under the Wireless & Networks section, and scroll down to the Cell Broadcasts settings. Once opened, you will be able to see if disable extreme threats, severe threats, and Amber Alerts are selected.
Cell phones from major manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung and LF receive WEA regardless of where the device was purchased. This is possible because WEA are broadcast from area carrier towers to mobile devices in the area.
When the WEA program launched, participating wireless providers were generally required to send the alerts to a geographic area no larger than the county or counties affected by the emergency situation. As of November 2017, all participating wireless providers are required to transmit alerts to a geographic area that best approximates the area affected by the emergency situation, even if it is smaller than a county.
Beginning November 30, 2019, participating wireless providers must improve geo-targeting of alerts even further.
The FCC offers this guide: http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/wea.pdf
Contact EmergencyManagement@FrederickCountyMD.gov or call the Division of Emergency Management at 301-600-6790 for more information.
Permit application is made at 30 N. Market St. in Frederick. Business hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please note that permit application must be made prior to 3:00 p.m.
If your property is not within an Incorporated Town or Frederick City, a permit for a fence is not required, because County Zoning regulations do not require a Zoning Certificate for a fence. Please check with Zoning Administration to confirm setback and height requirements.
Inspection requests are made by voicemail or fax. The permit number, permit type, kind of inspection, name (and company if applicable) and phone number are required. Requests received prior to 12:00 p.m. will be accommodated the next business day. If the inspector is unable to meet this request, the person that requested the inspection will be notified by phone. Please review the inspection procedures for more detail.
To become a registered vendor with the Frederick County Procurement & Contracting Department complete our online APSWin Vendor Registration and our Supplier Portal Registration. Both registration links can be located on our home page.
1. Click on Current Solicitations from the menu on the left of our home page to see current opportunities. 2. Click on “Get the Document” under the bid or RFP that you are interested in. 3. Enter your Federal ID and Password from your APSWin Vendor Registration to obtain the document. (You must be a registered vendor to view or print a bid document. Registration is free).
The DUSWM Environmental Laboratory and Drinking Water Operators collect water samples to use as a snapshot of the water quality in the neighborhood of sampling. The results of the sampling are sent to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) which maintains water system compliance. Water samples taken in neighborhoods are instrumental in maintaining excellent water quality.
Generally speaking, well testing is the responsibility of the homeowner. There may be exceptions on a case-by-case basis. The Environmental Laboratory has a list of private laboratories that can be used. Contact the Laboratory Supervisor, Joshua Smith, at (301) 600-1597 to be referred to a local private laboratory.
The Frederick County Environmental Laboratory does not perform any lead and copper testing in the County schools. This testing is performed by independent reference laboratories.
Let the oil cool, then pour into an empty can to solidify, then throw into the trash for final disposal.
Baby wipes, either soiled or clean, should NEVER be flushed down a toilet. Only dispose of the wipes in a trash can.
Does the individual understand that a decision needs to be made? Dies the individual understand the options available in making a decision? Does the individual understand the potential consequences of the decision and options? Can the individual direct the decision to appropriate parties? The areas of decision making on which most guardianships are focused are living conditions, medical care, vocations and educational services, ancillary professional services, caring for dependents, and managing finances.
provide a description of the nature and type of disability and an explanation of how that disability impacts the individual's decision making; offer an analysis and results of evaluations of the individual's mental and physical condition, educational level, adaptive behavior and social skills as appropriate; state an opinion about the need for guardianship, and provide supporting reasons for this opinion; and recommend suitable living arrangements and treatment or habilitation plans. This report should accurate reflect the skills and abilities of the person as well as the deficits and problems. Finally the report must be signed by all involved in the evaluation. Two Physician's or Psychologist's Certificates must also accompany the evaluation. The report must be timely and meet a time frame that is usually stated in the statute
A petition, which is the official request for the appointment of a guardian, will be prepared and signed by someone alleging incapacity, and the need for guardianship; it is then filed.
A hearing date will be set and usually a Summons is served. The summons is the official notice to the person with disabilities about guardianship proceedings, the time, and place.
Notice of the date, time and place of the guardianship proceedings is given to any interested parties, family members, proposed guardian, etc., in order that they can be present at the hearing if they choose.
A hearing will be held and evidence presented about the need for guardianship. The potential ward is usually represented by an attorney during the hearing process. Although, at times, the hearing may seem to be quite informal, this is an adversarial process and the petitioner must clearly demonstrate to the court that the individual needs a guardian of some sort.
The above includes very broad and general descriptions. During the appointment proceedings of a guardian the alleged disable person has specific due process rights that are enumerated in the various state laws. Although an attorney may not be required to establish guardianship in some areas, this is a legal process. It may be best to consult an attorney familiar with guardianship proceedings and disability.
Individuals - 18 years of age, not convicted of a felony, and not adjudicated disabled. Non-related professional Guardian - 18 years of age, not convicted of a felony, and not adjudicated disabled. A public or private institution, not supplying housing. Financial institutions (for estate matters only).
Person - makes decisions about person, programs, medical care, residence, release of confidential information. Property - manages and makes decisions about financial matters, benefits, real estate and other property often referred to as conservator. Plenary - means total and can be attached to guardianship of person or property or both. In most states there are exclusions to plenary guardianship, which may be residential placement, certain medical procedures, and sale or transfer of property. The guidelines again are in the state laws regulating guardianship. Limited - means that the guardian has only the authority specifically given by court order. The ward keeps all other decision-making rights not specifically outlines by the court order. In most states the appointment of a limited guardian does not equal a finding of legal incompetence. Successor - the court appoints another guardian when the original guardian dies, resigns, or is removed. Usually the successor has the same powers of the original guardian.
In Frederick County, the Adult Disabled Review Board meets quarterly to review each ward's case individually for appropriateness of guardianship and the need for continued guardianship services.
Roads that connect to a State highway are priority roads. Please see the Priority Roads Map
In major events our crews start by establishing a single passable lane on all roads. Then they work back through their routes, starting with priority roads, to clear lanes to their normal width.
The Division of Public Works does not endorse to employ stop signs to mitigate speeding. A stop sign is intended to give hierarchy of one street over another.
Please contact the Frederick County Public School (FCPS) Transportation office at 301-644-5366. FCPS holds the primary responsibility for safe pick-up and delivery of children.
State maintained roads (i.e. MD 550, US 15, I-70, etc) are under the jurisdiction of The Maryland State Highway Administration, District-7 Office, 301-624-8100.
County maintained roads, are under the jurisdiction of the Division of Public Works. Call 301-600-2930 to discuss county road speed limits.
City and municipal maintained streets are under those jurisdictions. Please contact your town office.
The Division of Public Works will only endeavor to erect parking restrictions and controls following confirmation of one of the three prerequisites. 1) Upon endorsement from any other County agency that the installation of said signs will better enable them to perform their enforcement duties. 2) Upon confirmation that parked cars constitute a hazard to motorists. 3) Upon confirmation of a maintenance issue such that the installation of said signs will better enable DPW to control or reduce our maintenance responses.
The County Office of Highway Operations will replace road signs (stop, curve, chevrons, etc.) and road name signs that are located along a county road. Please call 301-600-1564.
Please contact the Office of Transportation Engineering at 301-600-2930 or email for any new sign requests.
Contact Central Communications at 301-600-1603 or Maryland State Highway Administration at 301-624-8250.
Please contact Central Communications at 301-600-1603, or if calling within normal business hours (M-F 7:00 am - 3:30 pm), fill out a county work request form or call Highway Operations at 301-600-1564.
Six “Connector” routes offer deviated route service. Passengers may request a route deviation within ¾ mile of the route. If requested, buses can deviate up to ¾ of a mile off the regular route to pick you up or drop you off closer to your origin or destination. Arrangements for route deviations must be made one business day in advance. There is a $2.00 charge for all route deviations (in addition to the regular fee).
If you are a CITY WATER AND/OR SEWER customer, you should call 301-600-1440.
You should contact the billing office at 301-600-2354.
You should call 301-600-2945.
These questions must be directed to the Health Department at 301-600-1726.
DUSWM is a member of "Miss Utility" (http://www.missutility.net/maryland/mdmemberutilities.asp) which is a member of a "One-call system" that allows a person to notify DUSWM of planned excavation or demolition by calling 1-800-257-7777 or 811, or via an interactive ticket request system.
Please note that Frederick County Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management locators only mark Frederick County owned or operated water and sewer lines and do not mark private lines.
Wastewater comes from our homes in the form of human and household wastes from toilets, baths and drains as well as from industries, schools and businesses in the form of wastes from factories, food service operations, shopping centers, etc. On average, each person in the US contributes approximately 100 gallons of wastewater daily.
Treatment plants remove impurities contained in wastewater so that the treated wastewater can be safely returned to the environment. The same stabilization occurs in nature, to break down wastewater to its most basic components of carbon dioxide and water, if given enough time. Due to the increase in the earth’s population and the volume of wastewater generated, the natural process would be overwhelmed. A wastewater treatment plant speeds up the process. The cleaned water is disinfected and returned to local rivers and creeks.
All of the wastewater treatment plants operated by the Frederick County Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management (DUSWM) use Ultraviolet light to disinfect the wastewater discharge (effluent).
The daily treatment plant operation is conducted by highly trained and state certified wastewater operators. Wastewater operators are required to obtain and maintain state certification. In order to become certified, the operator must be a trainee for 3 years and pass the state certification exam and attend a minimum of 30 to 46 CEUs of approved certification training, every three years to maintain their certification. In addition to operations staff, a team of maintenance personnel are required to maintain the equipment at the treatment plant as well as over 380 miles of sewer line and 33 pump stations that are part of the wastewater collection system.
DUSWM currently operates 10 wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs).
The plants operated by DUSWM range in size from 5,000 gallons per day to 15 million gallons per day (MGD).The Ballenger-McKinney Wastewater Treatment Plant is the County’s largest and most sophisticated treatment plant. It was recently upgraded to provide Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) treatment to remove Nitrogen and Phosphorus and uses membrane technology to produce high quality effluent. It has a permitted capacity of 15.0 MGD and is manned by certified operators 24 hours/day, 365 days per year.
Any products that are labeled as hazardous materials should never be disposed of in the sewer. Hazardous materials are often labeled as corrosive, toxic, reactive or flammable. The list includes many items we have in our homes such as all-purpose cleaners, antifreeze, paint, paint thinner, pool chemicals, solvents and motor oil to name a few.
Many of the paper products labeled “flushable” should not be disposed of in the sewer. For example, “disposable wipes” do not breakdown in the sewer and cause clogs in the sewers and pumps.
Animal and vegetable derived cooking oils and grease can block drains and sewer lines.
Homeowners can collect grease in a metal can and, once it cools, place it in the trash. Restaurants and other commercial food preparation activities that generate a large quantity of fat and oil are required to have grease traps installed and have them pumped regularly to keep grease from entering the sewer.