August 2017

Just a reminder that the 
Membership Dues Renewal Invoices 
have gone out and are now due
If you have any questions, please contact Sandra at
 
QACTV's MOVING TORNADO VIDEO
July 24th, 2017 will forever be remembered as the day Queen Anne's County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland was struck by an EF-2 Tornado. 

BUSINESS Queen Anne's applauds all those involved with emergency services and the County who went into action and are still working to get Kent Island cleaned up. A special tip of our hat goes to BQA board member, Sheriff Gary Hoffman and his team for all their hard work and to Delmarva Power who was able to get power back to residents and businesses in short order!

Our thoughts and well wishes to all the residents and businesses affected by the tornado.

Queen Anne's County put together this video which does a great job telling the story of the storm and it's affects on the community. Click on the photo below to link.



Tornado Recovery Town Hall Meeting Aug. 23rd

Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services, Scott Haas, Director
Contact: 410-758-4500
Who: Queen Anne's County Citizens Affected by the July 24th Tornado  
What: Tornado Recovery Town Hall Meeting Aug. 23rd 
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday August 23, 2017 
Where: Matapeake Elementary School
651 Romancoke Road, Stevensville, MD 21666 
 Details: Queen Anne's County Officials will be available to speak to residents to provide an update on where recovery efforts stand now. The County will also report on questions posed by the citizens from the August 2nd meeting. Officials will again ask from the citizens what needs are not being met, in an effort to continue to improve recovery response from local and state agencies. 
 
The County has placed in service a Tornado Recovery Information Hotline, 410-758-5060
DREDGING THE CONOWINGO DAM STILL MAKES ENVIRONMENTAL SENSE 
ROCKVILLE, MD (July 24, 2017) ---Scientists working for the Environmental Protection Agency have reportedly confirmed what the Maryland Public Policy Institute first argued in 2014: that sediment pollution piling up behind Maryland's Conowingo Dam poses a grave threat to the Chesapeake Bay's health. The Institute's 2014 study, linked here, concluded that an innovate dredging solution to remove the sediment would be an environmental and economic success story for Maryland.
 
The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun this month reported that scientists believe that the reservoir behind the Susquehanna River's Conowingo Dam has filled with sediment pollution far sooner than previously predicted. If a storm surge pushed the sediment over the dam, it could cause catastrophic harm to the Bay's ecology and the industries that depend on it.
 
"Our 2014 research underscores that dredging the dam will protect Maryland's natural resources and aquatic life while strengthening our green collar economy," said Christopher B. Summers, president and chief executive officer of the Institute. "We are pleased that the scientific community now appreciates the threat posed by the dam and we commend the Hogan Administration for soliciting creative, private sector proposals to address this challenge."     
 
The Institute's 2014 study estimated that removing all 172 million tons of sediment pollution behind the dam would dramatically improve the Bay's health at a fraction of the cost of other Bay cleanup efforts. The dredging effort would cost an estimated $4.2 billion - significantly less than the $14.4 billion the State of Maryland plans to spend on Bay cleanup efforts - while removing one of the principal threats to the Bay's water quality, wildlife, and economic potential.
 
Periodic storms transform the Conowingo Dam into a large-scale source of pollution. When Tropical Storm Lee hit the Mid-Atlantic in September 2011, nearly 19 million tons of Bay-killing sediment were released from the dam over just five days - that's 26 times greater than Maryland's average annual Bay sediment load. The upper Bay's oyster harvest plunged 95 percent that year, demonstrating that failure to dredge the dam can devastate Maryland's aquatic life. 
  
 
Founded in 2001, the Maryland Public Policy Institute is a nonpartisan public policy research and education organization that focuses on state policy issues. Our goal is to provide accurate and timely research analysis of Maryland policy issues and market these findings to key primary audiences. The mission of the Maryland Public Policy Institute is to formulate and promote public policies at all levels of government based on principles of free enterprise, limited government, and civil society. Learn more at www.mdpolicy.org 

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT
HENRY FAWELL, 240-686-3510
henry@campfirecomm.com

JUDGE UPHOLDS DISMISSAL OF LAWSUIT OVER DENIAL OF KI SEWER ACCESS
QAC posted July 11, 2017

Kevin Quinn and his company, Queen Anne's Research and Development Corp., sued in federal court the Queen Anne's County Commissioners over County Ordinance 13-14 and Resolution 14-07, passed as part of the southern Kent Island sewer project and intended to prevent overdevelopment of the area. Queen Anne's Research and Development Corp., owns more than 200 lots in the area of Kentmorr and Queen Anne's Colony.

"County Ordinance 13-24 was enacted not to take property rights from individual property owners in the nine Southern Kent Island sanitary project communities but rather to ensure that a manageable buildout of vacant lots (1,600 reduced to a maximum of 634) occurred without negatively impacting the communities or put undue stress on county services," said Commissioner James Moran. "Having the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals uphold this ensures that the entire project is feasible and can be completed"

Ordinance 13-24 requires adjoining lots in same ownership zoned NC-20 (neighborhood conservation) to merge substandard lots of less than 20,000 square feet. The nine communities within the South Kent Island Sewer Project are all zoned NC-20.

"We are grateful to the 4th Circuit's positive ruling on this case and we want to thank Kurt Fischer, our lawyer who guided us on the crafting of County Ordinance 13-24 to ensure that it would withhold legal challenges," said County Administrator Gregg Todd.

Circuit Judge Wilkinson wrote the court's opinion, "Kevin Quinn, a landowner, challenges a comprehensive plan to extend sewer service to South Kent Island and a so-called Grandfather/Merger Provision designed to limit over development of the area. He asks us to protect a speculative land investment by finding a regulatory taking as well as violations of his due process and equal protection rights. Doing so, however, would invalidate a standard zoning tool whose legitimacy was recently upheld by the Supreme Court. It would also revolutionize zoning law and "frustrate municipalities' ability" to undertake basic land use planning. Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214, slip op. at 16 (U.S. June 23, 2017). We thus affirm the district court's dismissal of Quinn's claims."

The only appeal available to the plaintiff is the U.S. Supreme Court.

 
BQA MEMBERSHIP, SUPPORT & SPONSORSHIP
WHY do you need to JOIN, SUPPORT, SPONSOR BQA?

BQA keeps you INFORMED on issues facing economic development, jobs and opportunities right here IN QAC, so the 86% of County residents who spend too much time commuting out of the County and across the bridge every day can actually "LIVE, WORK & PLAY" right here in QAC!! 

If you know a business that would be a great asset as a member, please contact our Membership Chair, Jack Ashley at jackashley@me.com

You can also contact administrator@businessqueenannes.com for a copy of the following application!


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.
   
You can find BQA on Facebook! Make sure to "Like" us! 

 
In This Issue

Your BQA Board!
 
Steve Donovan, President
Title One & Associates, Inc.
410-758-1831
 
Nick Deoudes
Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc.
410-827-5441
 
Mike Dahle
MCDLLC
410-820-7288

Bob Wilson
Mears Point Marina
410-827-8888
 
Gary Hofmann
QAC Sheriff's Department
410-758-0770

George O'Donnell
410-490-7400 
Jack Ashley
410-310-0800

Barry Waterman
Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty
410-643-5005
Sandra Early 
Administrator  
410-739-4716
MEMBERS INVITED!

BUSINESS Queen Anne's would like to invite all members (and even member guests!) to attend our monthly board meetings typically held the last Thursday of the month at Mear's Point Marina. (Please contact the office at administrator@businessqueenannes.com to verify)

Occasionally, we have County reps visit and give us updates. At the last board meeting it was decided that the next time we have speakers at the board meetings we will give our members ample notice in case they would like to attend...we want you to be in the know!

If you have a speaker that you would like to connect with and you think that Business Queen Anne's could help make that happen, please let us know.
 
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
(Same link above takes you to agendas for the Planning Commission too.) 

Visit the County's New Website to sign up for notices!
  

 
 
BQA wants you to get involved!

 
We are the only organization to consistently and publicly support  property rights and beneficial development projects in Queen Anne's County! If the growth of our County interests you at any level, you should be a part of this prominent group!
 
Become a member! 
Join the board! 



BQA is looking to grow membership and our Executive elite board and we are in search of Woman Business owners in the County...are you the woman for the job?
 
We are also 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


BUSINESS Queen Anne's c/o Sandra's Office Support | 405 Victoria Way | Stevensville | MD | 21666