December 2017

QAC COMMISSIONER ELECTION 2018
According to the State Board of Elections website, it looks as though all the current sitting Commissioners will put their hats back in the ring in 2018!

District 1: Jack Wilson
District 2: Steve Wilson
District 3: Robert Buckey (Also Phil Dumenil and Barry Donadio)
District 4: Mark Anderson
At Large: Jim Moran (Also Helen Bennett)

That's all that has filed so far...stay tuned!!

It is so important to support BQA NOW with your membership/sponsorship! The County's Comprehensive Plan will be updated with the new Commissioner's in place. They always have a full plate and many important things to contend with, but the Comp Plan is especially important to businesses in Queen Anne's County!

As BQA Chairman, Steve Donovan points out, "We've got a legitimate economy recovery finally underway. There's a LOT of pent up demand and growth ready to explode! There's recent change on the Planning Commission that would appear to suggest a tightening on business and growth friendly decisions once again. We need to keep an eye on the critical 10 Yr Comp plan, a major Federal Interstate highway that WILL open soon connecting Delaware Interstate traffic coming down Rt 301 on the Eastern Shore, and the Bay Bridge traffic study.  We learned that Commissioner Moran is now serving on the Baltimore Metro Council and they have found issues with real traffic counts from the State suggesting we really don't know how bad it is now, but we do know it will get more difficult when this road opens!"

To restate the BQA Mission, we are here 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.

Is that something you support? If so, join TODAY! Check out this link to download your application now!

SKI SEWER RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION
RELEASED BY QAC ON NOVEMBER 16TH

The EPA sited "excellence and innovation" this week when they recognized Queen Anne's County's Southern Kent Island Sewer Project.

"For decades, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund has supported critical water infrastructure projects that help grow the American economy and support our way of life," said Mike Shapiro, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Water. "These projects are a testament to the power of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund in leveraging investment to meet the country's diverse clean water needs."
 
Queen Anne's County is utilizing the fund to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay by connecting 1,526 properties in the nine communities that had failing septic systems. Phase I of the project is currently underway connecting the 774 homes in Kent Island Estates and Romancoke.

This $55 million project is partially financed by a $34 million Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan for disadvantaged communities that include $1.2 million in loan forgiveness, a low 0.8 percent interest rate, and a 30-year repayment term.

The failing septic systems are generally on small lots with marginal soils and high groundwater. Upgrading Southern Kent Island to sewer service will not only remove 7,000 pounds of nitrogen each year from Chesapeake Bay, but will also benefit the communities by improving property values, all while keeping the project affordable at under $100 per month per customer, according to the EPA.
 
County Commissioner Mark Anderson said, "During the District Four Commissioner campaign in 2014, I had occasion to hear the reasons both pro and con on this public sewer project. After being elected to this office, I had the authority to get the facts versus the theories with converting many septic systems in South Kent Island to a public sewer processing plant. I had input from other jurisdictions with similar systems, input from our own sanitary engineers and health department professionals. My investigation found no small number of these septic drain fields on South Kent Island were failing, and based on soil hydrology, I knew many more were to follow. The real estate property market in South Kent Island was in disarray with an over-hang of pending health issues some properties could not be sold. The largest asset most people own is their home, and that asset was being devalued. The foreclosures appeared in good neighborhoods. The thoughts that too much traffic would clog Rt. 8 was lessened by lot consolidation required by loan from the state and this substantially cut the number of buildable lots in the service area."

"When the time came to cast that critical vote, I voted to move ahead because the facts said that would be the fairest solution for the most, and this needed project passed 3-2," Anderson said. "A lot of work preceded that important vote including the General Assembly's help and the assistance of our partners in state government, without whom none of this improvement could have occurred. Lastly, we have a competent and devoted staff in our Health Department and the county Department of Public Works Department on whose professional expertise I found invaluable. This EPA recognition validates the creativity and joint effort on this the long road taken for a project and is the absolute right thing to do."

Did you know that the SKI sewer project has it's own website? Check out https://skisewer.com/
for lots of good information!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE SHERIFF
Holiday Business Alert 2017

Recently in Queen Anne's County we have seen an increase in several crimes, from counterfeiting, armed robberies and thefts. As the Holiday season is approached it is imperative that your staff and management be familiar with suspect identification and basic crime prevention tips. My Office wants to ensure the best possible educational information is provided to keep our employees and customers safe. Businesses, it is incumbent among all employers to educate your staff. The back of this form is your suspect chart. After an incident, immediately hand over to responding deputies or police.

Our Auxiliary Deputies and staff will be increasing patrols within the business community to raise awareness to safety. I am asking that you have your staff call in anyone whom is suspicious or committing a crime immediately, and make contact with the deputy to let them know what you observed. Your safety should always be first, don't confront suspects, but be a trained observer, and report the incident. If you have any questions, you can always call my staff or me.

Thank you, I hope all of our Businesses have a safe and joyous Holiday Season!
Sheriff Gary Hofmann and Staff

Tips for Protecting Merchandise I Employees
  • Control Access by allowing only one door to be open for customers. It is recommended that all back doors remain locked from the outside.
  • Limit Access to areas that are off limits to customers. Use signs indicating "Employees Only" for back rooms and storage areas. Be aware of patrons, who may attempt to steal from employee backrooms, i.e.: purses, wallets, etc.
  • Control Activity in your store. Deter shoppers from entering your business with open bags, large totes, etc. Give customers an option to tape their bag closed with decorative tape that you provide. It is not recommended that you store bags for your customers.
  • Maintain Visibility throughout the store. Make sure you can see the front door, that there are no "hidden areas" and your shelves are positioned so that someone cannot hide.
  • Determine what your employee signal will be. This is a code word or name that indicates immediate assistance is needed or that the police need to be called. It can be used over the intercom .
  • Additional Staff during the holiday season provides additional control and monitoring of shoppers. Greeters should be at all entry/exit points, making eye contact with all customers. Small talk is also a deterrent for criminal activity.
  • Don't Stereotype. Anyone can shoplift or steal from you.
  • Don't leave the cash register or money unattended. Make frequent bank drops using different employees and different routes. Two people are safer than one.

COUNTY SEEKS CITIZEN FOR ETHICS COMMISSION
The Queen Anne's County Commissioners are looking for a county citizen to serve on the Ethics Commission. The deadline for applications is December 29, 2017.

The Ethics Commission:
  • Devises, receives and maintains all forms generated under this code
  • Provides published advisory opinions to persons subject to this title as to the applicability of this title to them
  • Processes and makes determinations as to complaints filed by any person alleging a violation of the code
  • Conducts a public information program regarding the purposes and application of the code
Anyone interested in serving on the Ethics Commission is encouraged to send a letter of interest and brief resume to lthomas@qac.org or via mail to Lynda Thomas, 107 N. Liberty Street, Centreville, MD 21617. Those with questions may also reach Ms. Thomas at 410-758-4098. Detailed information about each board and commission is available at  http://qac.org/394/Boards-Commissions.

 
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
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
 

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
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!
  

 
 
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