It seems that the County Commissioner meeting on Tuesday, December 8th was full of interesting items. Here is a quick highlight from that meeting:
Jim Moran made a motion to stop the legal challenges on Wheatland, Buckey seconded and they both voted YAY. Anderson & Steven Wilson voted NO with no explanation.
Jack Wilson voted Abstain and continued withthe notion that by allowing this to go through they will somehow imperil future commissioners? WE'D LIKE TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THAT MEANS? Also and as the court has recognized, the town is a sovereign entity and the property was legally zoned and welcomed into the town. We believe the courts will once again rule in favor of Queenstown, the Waterman's and the Wheatland Project. And should the County lose again, it is only County Taxpayers who will be out even more money for what appears no good reason at all?
Jim also made a motion to release the County Lobbyist, Gerard Evans. There is a provision in his contract with the County that he cannot be released within 60 days of the legislative session but Mr. Evans has agreed to waive that. The County pays him $85,000 a year and he hasn't had any work to do for the County in quite some time. It was also noted that the new attorney hired by some of the commissioners for the Wheatland's litigation (Mr. Jones) also works in the same office as Mr. Evans, coincidence?
The County Commissioners voted to replace Jim Moran with Mark Anderson as the Commissioner President. BUSINESS Queen Anne's would like to thank Commissioner Moran for his efforts as President.
STATE STREET GRANT
This debacle is now costing the County almost $200,000. Grant monies have to be returned and there are expenses to be paid.
FYI...It seems Commissioner Steve Wilson is trying to stall the progress of the new courthouse. His concern is about maxing out the Counties Bond "ability" or our available credit line if you will. It's a reasonable fiscal point, being so close to 'Max' isn't prudent financial leadership especially if any crisis or further hits occur to the economy. It's also important to note any changes or other delays will cost even more money, big money, and the fact is the present courthouse is the oldest operating court IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, it is long overdue . Perhaps spending cuts here aren't the answer.
So basically, Jim Moran is making motions to save the County money. Steve Wilson is concerned about our Bond Ability, but feels that Mark Anderson is better suited to lead as the President? To quote Shakespeare, "Something is rotten in the State of Denmark!"
K. Hovnanian has received their Tidal Wetlands License with was approved by the Board of Public Works on November 18th. There is a 30 day period when an appeal can be filed. If an appeal is filed, it would go to the QA County Circuit Court of Appeals and would not necessarily stop work unless an injunction is filed too. There is already an appeal at the County level that will need to go through the process. K. Hovnanian is in the process of updating sediment and storm water management plans but are moving forward with cautious optimism that they may break ground in the spring. There is a limit of 175 units to be built every year. This project will take 10 years to complete.
MEARS POINT MARINA
This project is still moving forward. The APFO requirements have been reviewed by the County staff. The developer is submitting for Water and Sewer Allocation now that all the calculations have been verified.
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