May 2015  

BEST WISHES TO COMMISSIONER COMFORT

While BUSINESS Queen Anne's wishes Paul Comfort the very best in his new endeavor as administrator of the Maryland Department of Transportation's Maryland Transit Administration, we will surely miss our business friendly ally!

Paul touted himself as a pro-economic development candidate when he ran for County Commissioner and wasted no time working with the County team responsible for recruiting a new Economic Development Director.

When the Republican Central Committee is considering a new candidate to fill Paul's Commissioner seat, BUSINESS Queen Anne's would like to see someone who fits the following criteria:
  • Someone from District 1
  • Someone who has a pro-business mindset
  • Someone who is not against the Southern Kent Island Sewer project
BUSINESS Queen Anne's wants to thank Paul for his dedication and hard work! His time as a Commissioner has been short but it has been productive! 

 

LETTER TO THE REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE

This letter is being sent to the Republican Central Committee and will be signed by all BQA Board Members:

 

Dear Republican Central Committee, 

 

I write as President of Business Queen Anne's, a pro-business & pro-opportunity membership organization, to add our input as to the best candidate appointee to fill the open Commissioner's seat in District 1. 

 

Business Queen Anne's believes it is important the Central Committee carefully consider who they will forward to Governor Hogan to fill this open seat.  We believe the Central Committee should take charge locally and not muddy the water for Governor Hogan with multiple choices, and therefore we recommend sending up a single name. 

 

We believe it important that any appointee reside in District 1 for an appointee not a District 1 resident will not be eligible for re-election in that District and can only run for the At-Large seat.  Finally, significant time, expertise and energy has gone into a plan to finally resolve the Route 8 sewer problems, this project is finally underway and we believe it important any appointee you name is a solid supporter of that project.

 

We'd encourage the Central Committee to look at the primary candidates for District 1, especially Gene Legg, who fell short of his quest to be commissioner by just 104 votes.  Gene was and remains very interested in the position and in continuing to serve Queen Anne's County.  Gene is a District 1 resident and prior to retirement worked for Queen Anne's County Public Works, road division, for 36 years.  Gene is one of very few candidates anywhere, who literally went door to door meeting, greeting and asking County residents for their vote, something wonderful for a small rural close knit County like this one.  Finally, while there are few guarantees in life, Gene is a lifelong resident who loves Queen Anne's County, and who has no plans to leave the area, the County or seek higher office.

 

Thank you for your consideration,

Steve Donovan, President, BQA

 

FOUR SEASONS UPDATE
THE BQA Board recently met with Mike Irons, VP of Land Development for K. Hovnanian. According to Mr. Irons, arguments were presented to the highest appeal court in Maryland regarding the Wetlands Permit and the Board of Public Works. There should be a decision by the end of June, but they hope to have it sooner.

The Wetlands Permit was originally denied by the Board of Public Works in 2007. Queen Anne's County Judge Sause remanded the decision back to the BPW in 2011 stating that the "Board of Public Works erred in denying the wetlands permit because it "made no assessment of each specific activity for which the wetlands license was sought; gave no consideration to the statutory criteria applicable to proposed activity; ignored determinations made by coordinate agencies on the basis of applicable statutory criteria; supplemented the statutory criteria applicable to proposed activity; and applied criteria or standards different from the statutory criteria applicable to proposed activity." Basically, the Board overstepped their boundaries and didn't follow the statutes in place at that time.

Since that time, K. Hovnanian has agreed to give 131 acres of the land known as the Tanner Properties as a gift to the County. This is a 20% reduction of an already scaled down project. The wetlands impact is now only 822 feet and is temporary.

The next vote by the Board of Public Works should be in K. Hovnanian's favor, but we'll have to wait and see!
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!

CLEAN CHESAPEAKE COALITION NEWS
From the "Quotable Quotes" section of the Clean Chesapeake website:

Bay Journal writer Rona Kobell recently dismissed the issue of 85 + years of accumulated sediment as one of the "environmental bogeymen" related to the Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts - along with the proposed phosphorus management tool and the stormwater fee.  The Bay Journal is published by Chesapeake Media Service, which receives substantial funding from government grants.

 

"What with all the assault-weapon and tax talk, neither [Lt.Governor Anthony Brown and Larry Hogan] has made the environment their area of focus.  But still, there has been plenty of time to discuss the three issues that I will call the environmental bogeymen: the sediment at Conowingo Dam, the phosphorus management tool, and the stormwater fee."

 

 - Rona Kobell


For more Clean Chesapeake Coalition News including photos from the spring melt and its impact on the bay, 
click here!

In 2014, the Lower Susquehanna River Watershed Assessment (LSRWA) team released the results of its evaluation of sediment management options at the Conowingo Dam. It found:

  • The reservoir behind the Conowingo Dam is trapping sediment in the short-term. Because the reservoir is essentially full, it is trapping smaller amounts of incoming sediment and, during large storms, sending more silt and attached nutrients over the dam and into the Bay more often.
  • The nutrients that enter the river upstream and attach to particles of sediment are a bigger threat to water quality than sediment alone.
  • The management and mitigation of nutrients and sediment upstream of the reservoir would be more beneficial to Bay health than attempting to manage sediment at the dam through dredging, bypassing or operational changes. 
 

  


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

BQA says Good Bye to Cheryl Russell!

Cheryl Russell with Delmarva Power recently retired and will no longer be serving on our board. We wish her the very best and thank her for her years of service!

 

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 

 

Tim Champion

Champion Improvements Inc.

410-643-4886

 improve@atlanticbb.net 

 

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  

410-643-6288  

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! 


The Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale!
5/22-5/25

Don't miss the annual Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale. Enjoy extra savings on top of our everyday savings of 25% to 65%.


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.

 

50 Plus Shopper Perks
Join us on Tuesdays for the 50 Plus Shopper Perks.


If you are at least 50 years of age you can take advantage of an added 10% savings on Tuesdays by simply presenting a photo identification with your proof of age to the cashier at participating stores. View a list of participating stores.

Stores for the 50 Plus Shopper Perks continue to grow, so please stop by the Information Center to view our most current list. 

 

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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