August 2018

AUGUST BOARD MEETING SPEAKERS

This month's board meeting is on August 29th at Mear's Point Marina at 4 PM in the meeting room accessible from the outside of the building across from the pavilion, just past the pool.

Our first speaker will be County Commissioner Candidate Elaine Harrison (D) who is running at large. Following Ms. Harrison will be a Four Seasons update from K. Hovnanian representative, Mike Irons.

Business Queen Anne's members are welcome to join the meeting! Please let the administrator know that you will be attending by emailing administrator@businessqueenannes.com
 
COUNTY OFFICIALS WORK HARD ON TRAFFIC

County Commissioner Jim Moran, Del. Steve Arentz and Sheriff Gary Hofmann meet with State Highway Administration officials to discuss ways to relieve traffic congestion on Kent Island.
PHOTO BY NICOLE ROMEO

We noted a number of articles over the last month detailing the effort being put forth by the Sheriff and County Commissioners over the last year to attempt to help  our traffic problems.  Pretty clear that Beach traffic is the cause of our weekend jams...but  kudos to  our local officials for putting forth the strongest effort we have ever  seen to press MTA to address our local concerns.   

Special thanks to Commissioner Moran and Sheriff Hoffman who have spearheaded this effort!

CONOWINGO DAM UPDATE
While the rains this year, and especially in July, were overwhelming and ultimately wreaked havoc with the Chesapeake Bay when the flood gates at Conowingo were opened, it seems as though many people finally paid attention to what is going on with the Conowingo Dam! (BQA has been following this situation for years!) Social media was focused on where the debris came from and what could be done about it. 

According to BQA Board Member George O'Donnell, "The most recent rain event while about one third the magnitude of Hurricane Agnes (1972) and half  impact of Tropical Storm Lee in (2011) still substantial. More than two million tons of sediment and many more tons of debris. The pilot project to determine future efforts to deal with the sediment and  nutrients is still unfolding. However, the recent weather event is a on-going reminder of the need for a long term solution."

One link that was passed around quite a bit to inform those who wanted information was to the Clean Chesapeake Coalition website. The following letter has a link on their site and we wanted to share it here with you. Click the photo of the first page of the letter below to be linked.



QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY FAIR

 
 
It's that time of year again...The Queen Anne's County Fair has begun! 

Go out and visit the Queen Anne's County Republicans' booth. They will be at the fair every night ready to answer any questions and concerns that you may have.

History of the Queen Anne's County 4-H Park

As  recorded in the 1941 Extension Office's yearly report, "plans by Older 4-H Youth have been made to secure a permanent 4-H site to hold agricultural events."  It is further recorded in 1942 that George M. Moffett of Blakefield Farms donated to 4-H Clubs of Queen Anne's County a tract of land of approximately 28.26 acres located on the Centreville to Queenstown highway about 3 miles from Centreville. The development will be under the guidance of a board of 5 to 7 county leaders elected by members of the county.

Work began on the tract of land on April 11, 1942 with 97 volunteers working all day. In July 1942, work continued for six full days with an average of 18 volunteers working each day at the Park site. The Maryland State Fair Board toured and made some suggestions. Queen Anne's County allotment from the Maryland State Fair board was $400 that year.

On August 15th, 1942 , the Queen Anne's County 4-H Club Fair took place.  There were 900 people in attendance at the day long Fair. Dr. Symons dedicated the Queen Anne's County 4-H Park on that day.  Mrs. Algeron Carter was chairman of the Park. They had collected $670 in donations for Park improvements. At that time there was a well, graveled roads, 5 picnic tables, 40 hog pens, two toilets, and  a show ring.

In November of 1942 the deed of this tract of land to become the Queen Anne's County 4-H Park was completed. The deed read "for the use only for agricultural activities with 4-H Club work preference".

Seventy six years later, the care of the park continues to be under the guidance of  volunteers. It is maintained so that we can continue to celebrate the joys of living in an  agricultural community.   What a wonderful gift the youth and residents of Queen Anne's County were given .

KRM AFFORDABLE OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE

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 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
Just a reminder that the 
Membership Dues Renewal Invoices 
went out last month and are due upon receipt
If you have any questions, 
please contact Sandra at
 

 
 
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


SIGN UP FOR CITIZEN'S ALERT
Have you signed up for the County's Citizen's Alert yet?

Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our Emergency Alert Program. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.

Click on the logo below to sign up!

 
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!
  

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 
Barry Waterman
Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty
410-643-5005
Sandra Early 
Administrator  
410-739-4716
BUSINESS Queen Anne's c/o Sandra's Office Support | 405 Victoria Way | Stevensville | MD | 21666