June 2018

BQA GRADES CANDIDATES
As you are aware, Commissioner Candidates have been visiting our board meeting over the last few months. (Thank you to all members who came out to hear what they had to say!)
 
At the end of the interviews, we asked those in attendance to rate each candidate on a 0-5 scale on the 6 topics we asked the candidates  to address.   While there were some wide disparities in attendees ratings of individual answers, and some candidates spent considerably more time on certain topics than others,  the table is merely the average rating given to each candidate's  answer by the attending membership at each interview.   These do not represent an endorsement of any candidate. The Board intentionally decided prior to any interviews  not to endorse or interpret the attendees ratings.   Several candidates did not respond to our invite and some are scheduled for June, but we wanted you to have this prior to the Primary .
 



Here are the candidates lined up for June:

June 27th
4:10 Deborah Krueger
4:40 Dino LaMana
5:00 Ben Tilghman

All Board meetings are held at Mear's Point Marina in a meeting room located across from the pavilion and accessible from the outside of the building at 4 PM. Just contact Sandra Early, Administrator to RSVP! administrator@businessqueenannes.com


FOR YOUR INFORMATION!
In the months to come, we will be reporting more details about our impressions of the County Commissioner Candidates, but for now we just want to pass along information and links that hopefully make collecting information easier for you!

First of all, here is the link to the State Board of Election's 2018 QAC Candidate Listing

Here is a link to the QAC Election Site
Many candidates have websites and Facebook pages and that information is listed on the State Board of Elections site linked above!


2018 GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION DATES:


Primary Election -  June 26, 2018 7am-8pm
*Early Voting for the Primary Election - 
Thursday, June 14, 2018 through Thursday, June 21, 2018 
from 10am until 8pm

General Election - November 6, 2018 7am-8pm
*Early Voting for the General Election-
Thursday, October 25, 2018 through Thursday, November 1, 2018
from 10am until 8pm




Just a reminder of the County Commissioner Candidates
  • County Commissioner At Large    Helen Bennett, Republican
  • County Commissioner At Large    Jim Moran, Republican
  • County Commissioner At Large    Elaine Harrison, Democratic
  • Commissioner District 001            Joe Gannon, Republican
  • Commissioner District 001            Jack Wilson, Republican
  • Commissioner District 001            Dino Romano LaMana, Democratic
  • Commissioner District 002            George Sigler, Republican
  • Commissioner District 002            Steve Wilson, Republican
  • Commissioner District 002            Benjamin Tilghman, Democratic
  • Commissioner District 003            Laura Bogley-Knickman, Republican
  • Commissioner District 003            Barry Donadio, Republican
  • Commissioner District 003            Phil Dumenil, Republican
  • Commissioner District 003            Jim Coulter, Democratic
  • Commissioner District 004            Mark Anderson, Republican
  • Commissioner District 004            Chris Corchiarino, Republican
  • Commissioner District 004            Deborah Krueger, Democratic

FOUR SEASONS IN THE NEWS
Four Seasons ramps up construction

By KRISTIAN JAIME The Bay Times June 6, 2018




After a number of delays and revisions to the master plan, K Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Kent Island is proceeding with phase one of construction and the completion of the adjacent water tower.

The active living community for seniors will include 162 homes. That will include 56 condos and 106 single-family homes with five of the eight home styles available. Much of the first phase will be between Piney Creek and Castle Harbor Marina with walkways scheduled to Macum Creek for patrons to use as a launch area for canoeing and other light water recreation as the county allows.

"We want to be good neighbors, and we're working hard to try and do that," said Doug Shipe, community manager Four Seasons at Kent Island. "We received feedback that's productive and positive. The water tower improves the system for the whole Island and creates capacity for emergency uses and peak times."

The 130-foot tank, slated to be completed late summer this year, will hold an estimated 500,000 gallons, and feature the Four Seasons logo and an iconic crab reflective the local culture. Road construction is also underway with the roundabout at the entrance of the development set to expand.

Pricing will start at the low $400,000s for both condos and single-family homes. A 131-acre eco-park, largely comprising the former Tanner farm from portions already donated to Queen Anne's County, will provide green space for residents.

The Four Seasons development also represents a potential economic boon with local businesses able to bid on contracts.

"We have been opening employment opportunities for local people, so Friday will be a chance for subcontractors or suppliers interested in participating and can come to our office and learn about [the development] and have contact with our purchasing department," Shipe said.
Given its proximity to the coast line, Shipe was quick to say flooding is not an issue as the property will be elevated and include an irrigation system as an added measure.

Phase two of the project is as ambitious with plans for a 24,000-square-foot club house complete with an indoor and outdoor pool. Amenities will include an exercise room and indoor and outdoor yoga space, pickle ball courts, a putting green, bocce ball, fire pits, an infinity pool and a 450-foot community pier. Shipe also highlighted an activities director would be on staff to coordinate events for residents.

Even before a single structure is occupied, an estimated 200 people have requested to be included on the VIP list of future tenants of the planned community. With the rush of buyers in mind, Four Seasons is in the final stages of finalizing architecture of the full product line with Queen Anne's County officials.





CLEAN CHESAPEAKE COALITION UPDATES

Exelon Challenges WQC from Several Angles

In a disappointing (though not unexpected) turn of events, Exelon has chosen to respond to the Maryland Department of the Environment's (MDE) Water Quality Certification (WQC) with a storm of litigation. In addition to the letter itself, we have provided links to Exhibit A: Complaint in the U.S. District Court, Exhibit B: Administrative Appeal to MDE and Exhibit C: Complaint for Mandamus in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

The Clean Chesapeake Coalition issued a statement following the MDE issuance of a WQC...with special conditions...to Exelon. Read their release here. 

Cecil Whig, 1 May 2018

The Washington Post, 1 May 2018

Op-Ed: Growing Signs of a Cleaner Chesapeake Bay
The Baltimore Sun, 1 May 2018

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