Due to the impending weather-related issues expected for this weekend, the Mayor, Council, and event coordinators have decided to cancel the Railroad Days festival. We regret having to make this difficult decision, however, the safety of our vendors and volunteers must be kept at the forefront of the issue. If you are scheduled to participate in the festival, please expect to be contacted by event coordinators in the coming days.
The City of Brunswick’s customer service email address is ready for you. Please direct all City-related inquiries to CityHall@BrunswickMD.gov.
The Mayor and Council meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Click here for more information including the most recent agenda.
Conductor Keypasses are now available free of charge at participating Brunswick businesses and at City Hall. Click here for current offers from Brunswick businesses.
In the News…
- The City of Brunswick is pleased to announce that September 2015 marks the first anniversary of the Chesapeake & Ohio National Historic Park Brunswick Visitor Center being open on Thursdays from 10AM-2PM. During this past year the Visitor Center hosted 261 people: 239 adults and 22 children.
The City felt strongly that the Visitor Center needed to be open in addition to the days of Friday, Saturday and Sunday to serve tourists using the river, towpath, and campground and visiting the City and nearby areas. Opening Thursdays provides another day each week for visitors to learn more about the C&O Canal towpath and retrieve maps, brochures and materials about our local and regional businesses, activities and events.
The Visitor Center has been staffed by a devoted group of volunteers: Jean Doyle, Laura Dvorak, Rosanne Roe, Angel White and Lee Zumbach. The City could not have served so many visitors without their time and dedication.
To volunteer to staff the Visitor Center on Thursdays or learn more about it, contact Terri Householder at City Hall at 301-834-7500.
- The Economic Development Commission will meet on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7pm at City Hall.
- Did you know the YMCA of Frederick is now offering after school care in Brunswick at the City Park Building? Click here for more information.
- The City of Brunswick is closely monitoring the impact of the recent latex spill in the Potomac River Watershed. Patrick Hoffmaster, Director of Utilities, participated in an afternoon teleconference with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) regarding the latex spill, and this article summarizes the information currently available from MDE (http://wtop.com/health/2015/09/latex-spill-being-tracked-down-potomac-river/)Mr. Hoffmaster reported that MDE is not at this time recommending specific steps the City will need to take regarding this issue, which seems to indicate MDE’s confidence that this does not appear to be a public health threat. However, as a precaution, City staff will increase the volume of water being treated and stored prior to the arrival of the plume. MDE will provide additional information tomorrow regarding the plume, its passage through the Potomac Watershed, and any additional regulatory guidance regarding the water supply for the City of Brunswick.
- Resolution 2015-02 to amend Article II Section 16-20 of the City Charter passed at the Mayor and Council Meeting on September 8, 2015. Click here to read Resolution 2015-02.
- The Frederick County Department of Solid Waste Management is sponsoring a Residential Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event on October 17, 2015 from 8am – noon at the Public Safety Training Facility located at 5370 Public Training Place. Click here for more information.
- This year, the City of Brunswick is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its incorporation (April 8, 1890). To commemorate this special occasion, the City of Brunswick, in collaboration with Brunswick Main Street, is commissioning an engaging mural depicting the significance of the Potomac River to our community. This art showpiece is designed and created by renowned local artists Jack Pabis and Anthony Owens. Dedication is forecast for Friday, October 2, 2015, the eve of our annual Railroad Days Festival. We encourage you to be part of this exciting art project by supporting the mural as a tribute to the Potomac River and a centerpiece work of art for Brunswick. For more information and to make a tax-deductible donation, contact Brunswick Main Street at www.brunswickmainstreet.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Sustainable Maryland Certified Resource Center is available at City Hall. Be sure to stop by to check out all of the great resources.
- We are excited to announce a new tourism website…www.VisitBrunswickMD.com. The temporary website is up and running, but visitors can expect ongoing enhancements in the coming weeks and months. This billboard was made possible by a TRIPP grant through the Tourism Council of Frederick County, the City of Brunswick Economic Development Commission, and the Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce. Also, thanks to Pleasants Development for the use of this billboard and clearing the land around the structure.
- The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2014 is now available. Click here to view the report.
- Commuter parking spaces are now available for lease in the City’s Railroad Square Parking Lot beside the train station. The cost is $330 per year, or $30 per month. Call 301-834-7500, ext. 206 for more information or to lease a space. Click here for a Parking Permit Application.