August 2013

SAVE THE DATE!
  
BQA will hold it's
Annual Meeting on
Thursday, September 26th
at Red Eyes Dock Bar
5:30 PM til 8 PM
 
Congressman Andy Harris has agreed
to come out and speak to us!
  
and RSVP today!!
  
No charge for this meeting...hope you see you there!

  
BUSINESS Queen Anne's

 

A Coalition for Economic Development and Responsible Government

The mission of BUSINESS Queen Anne's is to actively advocate sound economic growth; review all proposed state and local legislation and regulations; provide an objective assessment of proposed development in Queen Anne's County and its incorporated towns; endorse and support countywide growth that is well managed and consistent with adopted state and local planning and regulatory guidelines, comprehensive plans, and state and local initiatives; create positive and "business friendly" attitudes on the part of Queen Anne's County elected and appointed officials; and support business activity that promotes and encourages a vibrant economy, development of an adequate labor pool, a fiscally responsible and accountable county government, and a continued unique quality of life in Queen Anne's County.

 

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FOUR SEASONS UPDATE

As you probably know by now, the Kent Island Four Season project did go before the Board of Public Works in July only to have the vote on their wetlands license application to install a sewer line and build a pier put off  for at least a month. They were instructed to put the agreements in writing.

 

Comptroller Franchot was quoted as saying he wanted more then "Scouts Honor" and O'Malley expressed that he wanted reassurance that there would not be a "bait and switch" move on K. Hovnanian's part.

 

K. Hovnanian has already outlined their agreement with the County in the DRRA (Developer's Right and Responsibility Agreement) signed back in 2002 in which they

agreed to generous incentives to the County - more than $30 million total. According to BQA Board Member, George O'Donnell who also served as County Commissioner back in 2002, "The DRRA that our board of Commissioners signed was very clear that the project was to be age restricted forever more."

 

K. Hovnanian representative, Patrick McNealey, issued the following statement, "We look forward to having continued dialogue with the Board of Public Works and Queen Anne's County to assure that we will deliver on our plan, including having zero permanent wetlands impact." He went on to say, "Given that the state's wetlands administrator and Maryland Department of the Environment recommended that our license be granted, we remain hopeful to receive the Board's final approval." 

 

According to the Secretary of the Environment, Robert M. Summers, "The project meets all of the regulatory requirements." The Maryland Department of the Environment and the board's wetlands administrator, Doldon W. Moore Jr., are recommending approval of the permits, citing the modifications made by the developer.

 

Back in January of 2011 Judge Sause stated that the Board of Public Works erred in denying the wetlands permit because it "made no assessment of each specific activity for which the wetlands license was sought; gave no consideration to the statutory criteria applicable to proposed activity; ignored determinations made by coordinate agencies on the basis of applicable statutory criteria; supplemented the statutory criteria applicable to proposed activity; and applied criteria or standards different from the statutory criteria applicable to proposed activity."

 

It's time to move forward! BQA agrees with County Commissioner Arentz's statement that it's really about "defending the right to do with your property (what you want) when you meet the criteria."

 

Next month's newsletter should have info on the Slippery Hill Development and an update on the Conowingo Dam! Stay Tuned...

 

 

MEMBER NEWS
Summer Newsletter from the Sheriff's Department...click the badge to read!
  
Bay Carpet Flooring America supports Pets for Patriots!
  
(Click the photo to link to info on Bay Carpets website)
  
Bay Carpets Flooring America is proud to support Pets for Patriots as they work together to give back to our country's veterans, and, in so doing, save the lives of animals in need.

Pets for Patriots is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to make the joys of pet ownership achievable and affordable for service and veteran members of the U.S. military, to the benefit of both pet and person. Pets for Patriots connects veterans returning from deployment, active personnel looking to fill the void for their families while deployed, and long-term veterans in need of a constant companion, with adult and other at-risk shelter pets needing a loving home.
  
Does your business support a great cause? Tell BQA about it!! Send info to administrator@businessqueenannes.com and we'll put it in the newsletter! Local business give so much back to the community through fundraisers, sponsorships, donations, etc. Let BQA help shine light on your favorite charity!

 

  
                                      
BQA MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

NOTICE TO BQA MEMBERS!!

 

Your membership dues renewal information has gone out!! Also, we are presently looking for a Membership Chair to help round up new members. If you are interested, please email us at administrator@businessqueenannes.com

 

Thank you for your continued support!!       

 

Thank You to the following members who have renewed:

 

Astech Holdings, Inc.
 
Avon Dixon Insurance

C.M. Garrett, Inc.

Chaney Enterprises

CNB

Davis, Moore, Shearon & Associates

Delmarva Power

Dissen & Juhn

Ewing & Associates

Harris Crab House

K. Hovnanian of Kent Island

KRM Development Corp

Lane Engineering

Lundberg Builders

McCrone, Inc.

McGuire, Eugene M Jr.

Mears Point Marina

Paula's Fine Jewelry

Piney Narrows Yacht Haven

QAC Sheriff's Office

R & D Electric

Richard Graves, CPA

Shore Lumber & Millwork

Shore Sign

Stevens & Palmer, LLC

Waterman Realty

CONOWINGO LETTER                       
The Conowingo Dam situation is a modern day travesty against water quality throughout the upper portions of the Chesapeake Bay and beyond. For 86 years the accumulation of sediment and toxins that have collected north of the Dam are having a devastating impact on our fisheries, particularly when a major fresh water event takes place. The well advertised satellite photo's of tropical storm Lee allowed us to view the millions of tons of sediment as it was dispensed by the tidal water's as far as the Potomac River. One cannot over state the damage that has been done to the Oyster and Soft shell Clam industries while we find ourselves in the midst of a terrible Blue Crab harvest. We are for all intents and purpose out of the Oyster and Clam fisheries in the Upper Bay as these area's have been smothered by a blanket of sedimentation. Further damage continues to be done to Bay grasses (sav's) which provide important habitat while producing life giving oxygen that all Marine Animals depend on. This needs to STOP!!! 

The Utility that holds the permit to use the Conowingo Hydro-electric Dam is going through the permitting process that could be reissued next year. It has been forty years since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last issued a permit for this facility. The time is now for FERC to make it a condition of the issuance of a new permit that the Utility and the State of Pennsylvania develop a plan to mitigate the sediment that has been allowed to accumulate over the past 86 years. If this opportunity is missed the further demise of our precious Chesapeake Bay will be assured and all the good efforts to date would have been in vain.

This year marks the 3O" anniversary of the signing of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement. We have less Crabs, a fraction of the Oyster population and no Soft shell Clams and Bay Grasses are but a shadow of their former status. In recent years we have seen a flush tax, nutrient management programs, Critical Area's restrictions, storm water controls, emission testing, bat septic system requirements and now a rain tax just to name a few, save the litany of chemical reductions. Citizens are willing to do their share to help restore our beloved Chesapeake Bay, how about government? This is why I suggest that all levels of our government have an absolute obligation to hold all parties accountable for what is certainly the single worst point source of sediment pollution affecting the bay to date. Not so long ago the Board of County Commissioner's that I served on successfully opposed the dumping of dredge spoil at site 104 just north of the Bay Bridge's. Yes, it was expensive and time consuming but I have never regretted our efforts, because there are some things that you must do, this is another issue that demands our best effort.

I dedicate this letter to all of those who derive beauty and benefit from the Chesapeake Bay!
  
Sincerely,
George O'Donnell

  
MEMBER ASSISTANCE NEEDED!

 

BQA is looking for members to sign up to attend Commissioner's Meetings and/or Planning Commission Meetings!

 

If you are interested, please contact Administrator, Sandra Early at

administrator@businessqueenannes.com

 

Click the logo above for the latest QAC Financial Status Update!! 

 

 

 

In This Issue
Four Seasons Update
Member News
Membership Renewal
Conowingo Letter
Assistance Needed

 

Your BQA Board!

 

Steve Donovan, President

Title One & Associates, Inc.

410-758-1831

smd@annapolis.net

 

Mareen Waterman, Vice President

Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty

410-643-5005

mareenwaterman@mris.com

 

Nick Deoudes

Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc.

410-827-5441

ndeoudes@atlanticbb.net

 

Mike Dahle

Bay Carpets Flooring America

410-820-7288

mdahle@baycarpets.com

 

Karen Oertel

Harris Crab House

410-827-8104

koertel@atlanticbbn.net

  

Tim Champion

Champion Improvements Inc.

410-643-4886

 improve@atlanticbb.net

 

Bob Wilson

Mears Point Marina

410-827-8888

bobwilson@mearspoint.com

 

Al Helfenbein

Helfenbein Insurance Agency

410-643-2291

al@helfenbein.com

 

Cheryl Russell

Delmarva Power

410-758-4127

cheryl.russell@delmarva.com

  

Barry Griffith

Lane Engineering

410-758-2095

bgriffith@leinc.com

 

Colby Garrett 

CM Garrett, Inc.  

410-643-8686    

colby@cmgarrett.com

  

George O'Donnell

ASTECH SECURITY

410-490-7400 

george@astechsecurity.com

 

Sandra Early 

Administrator  

410-643-6288  

sandra.early@verizon.net

 

 
 BQA Membership
New Investment Rate!

  

Business Queen Anne's is now offering a special rate for new members!

 

Only $99

per year for three years!

 

Click the link below
to download an application!

   

 

 

Mark Your Calendar...

 

County Commissioner's Meeting

Second and Fourth

Tuesday of the month!

Click here for published agendas!

107 N. Liberty Street
Centreville, MD 21617
  
Planning Commission Meetings
160 Coursevall Drive
Centreville, MD 21617
  
  

 
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