March 2016

ARENTZ INTRODUCES STRAW POLL LEGISLATION
Delegate Steve Arentz has introduced legislation to have a straw poll on the November ballot regarding how County Commissioners are voted into office and their terms.

Here is an article published by Chesapeake Publishing on February 18th.

Our very own board member, George O'Donnell has had quite a bit to say about this. George has seen first hand that Commissioner's vote differently during an election cycle and he has expressed concern over the fact that Commissioners will be able to vote on issues in all districts which makes it unfair to ask residents to not vote on all districts. The issue of continuity has been touted as a reason to have staggered terms, but George points out that if people are concerned with that, they would vote a Commissioner back into office. 

To hear more about what George thinks of this issue, you can watch this "Buckey's Report" video.
 

PROJECT & ISSUE UPDATES
Mears: 
This project has received their water and sewer allocation. They paid the County $136,000. They are now working on getting the Final Site Plan approval.
 
Four Seasons: 
Seems the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has filed an appeal to the BPW wetlands permit. This project is also working on getting past an appeal in the local court system. 
 
Wheatlands: 
Queenstown is updating their Comp Plan and there is a Public Hearing scheduled for April 25th to discuss the changes. Once it has been updated, this project should be able to file for their growth allocation.

Broadband:
BQA is also closely monitoring the fact that Kent County is partnering with a contractor to bring FTS Broadband to that county. This is something that QA County desperately need to improve our business climate!
 
CLEAN CHESAPEAKE COALITION UPDATE
Conowingo Dam - Spill Conditions

Due to the recent severe storms, the Conowingo Dam is in "spill condition" - meaning heavy Susquehanna River flows and cresting are expected; which will necessitate the opening of spill gates.  The Dam has 53 flood control or "spill" gates.  As the river flow increases so does the amount of scouring of the accumulated nutrients and sediment in Conowingo Pond and upstream reservoirs. 
 
As of February 26, 2016 (according to the Conowingo Spill Condition Hotline: 877-457-2525), 5 gates are open and up to 8 may be opened.  The flow rate is about 148,000 cfs.  The spill conditions (peak flows and number of gates opened) are updated every 8 hours.  For some perspective:  during Hurricane Agnes in 1972 all 53 flood gates were opened;  after Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 up to 44 gates were opened.
 
The CCC will continue to monitor the spill conditions and the publicly available satellite imaging to see what impact this latest storm and the coming winter melt have on the Bay.  For real time data showing Susquehanna River flow/discharge rates and river elevation visit this USGS website: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?01578310

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.
 
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@mris.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.
  

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In This Issue

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 

 

Bob Wilson

Mears Point Marina

410-827-8888

bobwilson@mearspoint.com 

 

Gary Hofmann

QAC Sheriff's Department

410-758-0770

sheriff@qac.org 

  

George O'Donnell

ASTECH SECURITY

410-490-7400 

george@astechsecurity.com 

 

Jack Ashley

410-310-0800

jackashley@mris.com

  

Sandra Early 

Administrator  

410-739-4716

sandra.early@verizon.net 

  

 

 

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!
  
QUEENSTOWN PREMIUM OUTLETS! 
 
 
Armed Forces/Military Appreciation
Members of the military, veterans and their families can show their IDs at the on-site Information Center all year long to receive a free VIP Coupon Book. Plus, join the VIP Shopper Club for free access to exclusive online coupons. 


MEMBER ASSISTANCE NEEDED!

 

BQA is 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

administrator@businessqueenannes.com 

 

Click the logo above for the latest QAC Financial Status Update!! 

 

 

 

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