FREDERICK, Md. –Frederick County will receive more than $1.8 million in Community Project Funding as part of the federal omnibus bill recently signed by President Joe Biden. The legislation sets aside funding for three major projects: an Emergency Operations Center, a Crisis Stabilization Center, and a trail to connect The City of Frederick to the Town of Walkersville.
“These projects will help to keep our community safer and healthier,” County Executive Jessica Fitzwater said. “I am incredibly grateful for the support of Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen David Trone and Jamie Raskin to help us secure this much-needed funding.”
Frederick County’s $1,848,968 in Community Project Funding will support emergency management, services for those experiencing a behavioral health crisis, and safe transportation options.
- Emergency Operations Center - $869,968
Federal funding will be used to equip Frederick County’s Emergency Operations Center with technology and equipment in a centralized location. The existing EOC functions are carried out in an adapted classroom, which is not large enough to accommodate all the personnel needed to manage large-scale events.
- Crisis Stabilization Center –$699,000
Federal funds will be used for medical and other equipment needed to set up Frederick County’s Crisis Stabilization Center. When it opens, the center will provide a 24-hour program to divert people who are in crisis or under the influence of a substance away from emergency departments and into supervised care and sustainable, community-based behavioral health care.
- Frederick & Pennsylvania Railroad Trail - $280,000
Funds will be used for engineering and design of a portion of the Frederick and Pennsylvania Railroad Trail, from the Fountain Rock Nature Center to Heritage Farm Park. When the entire trail is complete, it will connect the City of Frederick’s planned trails to the Town of Walkersville, providing a safe way for walkers and bicyclists to travel between the municipalities.