March 2013


BUSINESS Queen Anne's remembers Douglas M. Shreve who served as the Executive Director of BQA from 2002 to 2007. Doug passed away on February 19, 2013.


According to an article that by Jack Shaum of Chesapeake Publishing, Mareen Waterman, Vice President of Business Queen Anne's, knew Shreve a long time and remembered him as amiable and hard-working. "He wasn't afraid to speak out and that was a good thing," Waterman said.


He said Shreve was willing to make regular appearances before the county commissioners and sometimes the planning commission and did an "effective job in conveying our thoughts" to those officials.


The BQA Administrator also worked with Doug for seven years when he served as the Exective Director of the Chamber of Commerce. "Doug worked hard but he knew how to prioritize and always put family first. I was so thankful for my days working with Doug. He was truly a good hearted person."


Our hearts go out to the Shreve family. While we are saddened by Doug's passing, we feel truly blessed to have know him and to have worked along side of him!





The three bills highlighted last month (SB 31, 35 & 49) have all passed the Senate and the House and will take affect on July 1, 2013. They addressed Beer, Wine and Liquor tasting licenses, Micro-Brewery Licenses and Beer and Wine Festivals.


 Visit the Maryland General Assembly website for more info!



February 17, 2013


Queen Anne's County Commissioners

107 N. Liberty Street
Centreville, MD 21617


RE: Conowingo Dam Coalition


Dear QA County Commissioners:


Business Queen Anne's wants to strongly encourage the Queen Anne's County Commissioner's to join the Clean Chesapeake Coalition.


The TMDL Coalition has the participation of seven Counties who have taken interest in the sediment build up behind the Conowingo Dam and how that sediment affects the health of the Bay. We are specifically concerned with the oyster industry which is being decimated by the silt,particularly in the upper Bay.


Queen Anne's County should be at the forefront as an advocate for the Bay! When the County started the coalition during the Site 104 issue (the possibility of having 18 million cubic yards of dredge spoil dumped just north of the Bay Bridge in our County), the banding together of those with one goal led that coalition to a success. This too could and should be a success story!


Please join the Clean Chesapeake Coalition and support the Bay!



Steve Donovan

Steve Donovan

BQA Chairman


Satellite photo showing sediment plume extending about 100 miles from dam to the mouth of the Potomac River after Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. 


The issue of sewer on the southern end of Kent Island has been around for many years and has been discussed and studied by many sets of Queen Anne's County Commissioner's.
This footage (Click on QAC TV Logo) is from a recent presentation to the present County Commissioners on January 31st of this year. John Nickerson is the County's Environmental Health Officer and presents some eye opening testimony about this situation.
Here is a link to the presentation in PDF format...Southern KI Sewer Project
There are also two new links (as of March 7, 2013) on the County's website. They are the "Rubin Report" which is a study commissioned back in 2007 which seems to have been lost until now. Dr. Rubin is an expert that typically is against public water and sewer but concluded that the health department was correct when it reported that 90% of the systems were discharging sewage directly in the ground water.
The other is entitled "Legal Review Document" which is a 2009 document reviewing the legal aspects of the different plans being considered by the County at that time.
John Nickerson, who has been acknowledged by the court system as an expert in this area, agrees that there hasn't been an outbreak of any kind to date, but no one knows individual sickness that could be contributed to the failing sewer problem. He has emphasized for over 20 years the need for a permanent solution and he doesn't believe individual home owners addressing this on their own will bring forward a permanent solution and his opinion is backed up by Dr. Rubin's report.
While BQA strongly supports property owners rights, we can not ignore the risks the failing systems on southern Kent Island pose to the public.


The Board of Directors for BUSINESS Queen Anne's would like to thank Karen Oertel for her many years serving on the board! Karen recently announced that she will be resigning from BQA but stated that "serving with BQA has been one of the highlights of my business career."  


Karen will be greatly missed as she is an active member with a wealth of knowledge! Karen says she "strongly encourage other local business owners and leaders, to consider joining and stepping up to the plate as well!"


We wish her and Art the best of everything in their new endeavors!

In This Issue
Legislative Update
Conewigo Dam
Southern KI Sewer
Farewell to Karen Oertel


Your BQA Board!


Steve Donovan, President

Title One & Associates, Inc.



Mareen Waterman, Vice President

Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty



Nick Deoudes

Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc.



Mike Dahle

Bay Carpets Flooring America



Karen Oertel

Harris Crab House



Tim Champion

Champion Improvements Inc.



Bob Wilson

Mears Point Marina



Al Helfenbein

Helfenbein Insurance Agency



Cheryl Russell

Delmarva Power



Barry Griffith

Lane Engineering




Colby Garrett 

CM Garrett, Inc.  



George O'Donnell




Sandra Early 





Current Members...
You should have received your yearly Membership Dues Invoice by now...if not please contact the BQA Administrator, Sandra Early!



 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
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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