July 2013

BQA SUPPORTS FOUR SEASONS

BUSINESS Queen Anne's has submitted the following letter of support to the State's Board of Public Works as it relates to the Four Seasons on Kent Island project. (This Board should meet before the end of this month)

 

July 12, 2013

 

The Board of Public Works

Goldstein Treasury Bldg., Room 117

80 Calvert Street

Annapolis, MD 21401

 

Governor O'Malley and Board Members:

 

Business Queen Anne's, an organization of small businesses in Queen Anne's County, urges your swift approval of the wetlands license for K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons project on Kent Island.

 

This project will be an urgently needed economic boom for Queen Anne's County, and for Maryland as a whole.

 

K. Hovnanian has already made significant contributions to our County and has agreed to support private organizations such as the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department. They have pledged many millions more for the improvement of Public facilities, provided the project is finally allowed to be built.  They also recently and dramatically reduced the size and scope of the project so as to create even larger areas of environmentally improved open space and now have the support of some local environmentalists.

 

The project has been opposed by a small group of well-to-do individuals who continually contest it in the courts.  K. Hovnanian has followed local and State planning codes and regulations, only to be halted and delayed by these legal challenges that are clearly without merit, as each and every time the Courts have found in FAVOR of K. Hovnanian.

 

K. Hovnanian has followed the Law consistently in designing a project that complies with all County Plans & Critical Areas Regulations and is truly a proposal for "Smart Growth".  We believe they have designed a project that Queen Anne's and the State of Maryland can take pride in.

 

We therefore urge your prompt approval.

 

Respectfully,

 

Steve Donovan

BQA President

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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:

 

The Update

Kentmorr Restaurant &Crab House

Billings & Murphy DDS PA

Bay Carpets

Title One & Associates, Inc.

             

CONOWINGO IN THE NEWS
 

Coalition files motion in Conowingo relicensing

By CRAIG O'DONNELL

My Eastern Shore, Maryland

Kent County News - Chesapeake Publishing

 

Link to this article: http://www.myeasternshoremd.com/news/kent_county/article_df985534-df30-11e2-bb97-0019bb2963f4.html

 

Last month, the Clean Chesapeake Coalition filed a formal "Motion to Intervene" in the Conowingo Hydroelectric Dam relicensing, according to a news release issued by attorney Charles "Chip" MacLeod.

 

The coalition represents the local governments of Allegany, Carroll, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick and Kent counties. Kent County Commissioner Ron Fithian, a former waterman, is the chairman, and the group has retained to law firm Funk & Bolton, of which MacLeod is a member, to represent it.

 

Exelon Corp.'s application for a renewed license to operate the dam for another four decades is pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which conducts an administrative review.

 

The motion is a tool for parties that might be affected by a decision to participate in the decision.

 

"The objective of the Coalition is to pursue improvement to water quality of the Chesapeake Bay in a prudent and fiscally responsible manner," MacLeod said in a statement.

 

According to the FERC publication "Hydropower Licensing - Get Involved," it is typical for parties to file as intervenors, and as long as their motion explains why they should be granted such status, they are able to participate.

 

"A person who intervenes in a Commission proceeding, known as a party to the proceeding ... is entitled to seek rehearing of a preliminary permit or license order and to appeal the Commission's final decision to the appropriate federal court," according to the FERC.

 

Intervenors are entitled applicant filings and other FERC documents, including materials from other intervenors, related to the project.

 

"The Commission's public notice of a preliminary permit application or a license application will set the deadline for filing motions to intervene in that proceeding," according to the FERC.

 

Once the motion is filed, there is no specific date by which the coalition will hear the results. In an email June 27, MacLeod said, "FERC is analogous to a court of law where there is generally no requirement to act on motions pending before it within a designated or specified period."

 

The 63-page motion sets out the counties' argument that Maryland has assigned them pollution reduction goals which are expensive, yet won't be effective if the siltation at the Conowingo Dam isn't also addressed.

 

According to the news release, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2010 Chesapeake Bay pollution diet "will fail without the dredging of the reservoir above the Conowingo Dam." The coalition states pollution reduction numbers are "predicated on the assumption" that the Conowingo Reservoir has trapped 55 percent of the sediment and other targeted pollutants from the Susquehanna River.

 

The filing states U.S. Geologic Survey scientists "have determined that the reservoir no longer traps close to the quantity of sediment and phosphorus assumed by EPA because the reservoir, which is 80 years old, has never been dredged or maintained."

The motion includes a 12-page affidavit from Fithian, detailing his experience on the upper Chesapeake Bay since he was a youngster.

 

"Unmanageable amounts of nutrients and sediments are being scoured from the Conowingo Reservoir and flushed into the upper Bay during storm events," said Fithian in the statement.

 

The motion and affidavit are available on the coalition's website, www.cleanchesapeakecoalition.com
                                      

SAVE THE DATE!
  
BQA will hold it's
Annual Meeting on
Thursday, September 26th
at Mear's Point Marina
5:30 PM til 8 PM
under the pavilion!
  
More info to come...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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In This Issue
Member Highlight
Membership Renewal
Conowingo in the News
Save The Date!

 

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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