May 2018

COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES
The April BQA Board Meeting was well attended by members and we were visited by Commissioner Steve Wilson, and candidates Phil Dumenil and Laura Bogley Knickman. 

Here are the candidates that we have lined up for the next two months:
  • May 30th - Chris Corchiarino, George Sigler (Plus special guests County Administrator Greg Todd and K. Hovnanian Community Manager, Doug Shipe)
  • June 27th - Deborah Krueger, Dino LaMana, Ben Tilghman
     
These are the topics that have been discussed but if any member has any suggestions, please let us know!

Workforce housing
Moving forward with broadband in QAC
Local Workforce development
Comp Plan
SKI Sewer
Attracting new business


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 Water Tower
Construction of Four Seasons Water Tower for Kent Island on Schedule with Expected Late Summer/Early Fall Completion


An elevated water storage tower that will provide service to K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Kent Island and bring water pressure improvements to the broader Kent Island community is nearing completion and is expected to be operational by late summer/early fall.
 
Plans call for the water tower, which is being built by K. Hovnanian to the county's specifications, to be connected to the county's public water system, serving greater Stevensville and Chester. Upon completion, the 130-foot water tower will have a storage capacity of 500,000 gallons and will be dedicated to the Queen Anne's County Sanitary District and added to the county's public works infrastructure at no cost to county citizens.
 
"The new water tower represents an important addition to our infrastructure and will bring a number of improvements, including water pressure, water reliability and emergency fire flow capacity to area residents," said Todd R. Mohn, Director of the Department of Public Works. "We are working closely with K. Hovnanian as they construct the new water tower for the county and we look forward to bringing it online later this year."
 
According to Mohn, the tank will serve as a reservoir to help meet water demands during peak usage times and will greatly enhance supply for fire protection. The county also has plans to connect the public water system at Kent Narrows into the distribution system served by this new tank.
 
The exterior continues to be fabricated by construction crews and following initial testing the tank section will be painted. Officials with K. Hovnanian are currently evaluating painting and design options and will announce the design selection later in May when painting is expected to begin. 
K. Hovnanian will include design elements based on input from the community, including comments posted on Facebook.

 
"This important project will bring much-needed water service improvements to Kent Island residents," said Doug Shipe, community manager for K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Kent Island. "Not only will it serve the Four Seasons community, but it will also serve as a vital new asset for Queen Anne's County as it works to improve reliability of services on the Island."
 
Shipe said once the testing is completed and the water system is operational, ownership of the tower and land near Piney Creek Road and Chester Station Road in Chester will be formally dedicated to the county.
 
About K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Kent Island
The Four Seasons community will feature single family homes starting in the low $400,000's, as well as waterfront condominiums with elevators and individual garages. The community is planned to include a 24,000-square-foot clubhouse, featuring a banquet hall, fitness center and both indoor and outdoor pools. There also will be miles of trails and a 470-foot fishing pier on the Chester River.
Four Seasons at Kent Island will provide for more than 336 acres of open space, including a 131-acre public eco-park adjacent to the Cross Island Trail and a 6.5-acre waterfront park along Macum Creek with parking and restrooms. Hovnanian has committed more than $30 million in improvements and payments to Queen Anne's County over the build out of the community. For more information, visit www.khov.com.






SUPREME COURT WON'T HEAR CASE
Article by The Star Democrat May 2, 2018

High court won't hear Kent Island landowner's case

The nation's highest court has denied a request from a Kent Island landowner to review a lower court's decision regarding sewer service to properties on southern Kent Island.
On Monday, April 23, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari (review of lower court ruling by a higher court) filed by southern Kent Island real estate developer Kevin Quinn, et al., against Queen Anne's County.

Quinn had been seeking damages because his company, Queen Anne's Research and Development Corp., which owns more than 200 lots in the area of Kentmorr and Queen Anne's Colony, had been excluded from the South Kent Island Sewer Project and because other property he owns within the South Kent Island Sewer area is required to comply with the county's merger ordinance. Last summer, the Federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss the civil case in which Quinn and the firm sued Queen Anne's County. Last week's Supreme Court decision is the end of the legal battle.

"A major concern with supplying sewer service to south Kent Island were legitimate fears of increased traffic on Md. Route 8," County Commissioner Mark Anderson said. "The lot consolidation process was developed to substantially reduce the number of buildable lots and traffic. Each lower court affirmed that process was consistent with the law, so much so, the Supreme Court did not choose to take time to consider the appeal."

County Ordinance 13-24 on which Quinn's lawsuit was based, enacted a grandfather/merger provision under which the county would not grant a building permit for a vacant lot smaller than the minimum permitted size under current zoning (20,000 SF) unless the lot was merged with contiguous lots under common ownership to the extent possible to comply with the minimum lot size. Under the grandfather component, however, a developer who owned an isolated, substandard lot would still be able to build a home. Petitioners, Kevin Quinn, et al. ("Quinn"), own 12 lots in the sewer service area established under the county's program. Quinn purchased the lots beginning in 1984 with the understanding that they could not be developed unless and until the county decided to extend public sewer to southern Kent Island.

Quinn was required under the grandfather/merger provision to merge the 12 lots into four lots to receive building permits. Quinn brought this action, contending that the requirement that he merge his 12 vacant lots into four constituted an uncompensated taking of the vacant lots under the Fifth and Fourteenth amendments.

The Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court's entry of summary judgment in favor of the county on this claim and ruled that, in analyzing whether the grandfather/merger provision affected a taking, Quinn's contiguous, vacant lots under common ownership and subject to the merger should be treated as one property. On the basis of this conclusion, the Fourth Circuit ruled that the required mergers did not affect a taking under the tests established by the court. The Supreme Court's decision not to hear the case upholds that ruling and ends Quinn's legal challenges.
 
STATE BUSINESS WEBSITE WINS AWARD

The Hogan administration's Maryland Business Express website was recently named "State IT Innovation of the Year" by StateScoop, and it also received a Gold Hermes Creative Award from the Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals. The state's new website, located at businessexpress.maryland.gov, is making it easier than ever for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to plan, start, manage, and grow their business in the state. Corbett Webb, Chief of Staff for the Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT), was also named "State Up & Comer" by StateScoop due to his efforts in spearheading the Maryland Business Express initiative.

"I am so proud of all of the hard work that went into developing this site, which is a fantastic resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs in Maryland," said SDAT Director Michael Higgs. "We are honored to receive these prestigious awards, and will continue to pursue our goal to make government services more accessible to Maryland business owners by providing more services online."

The national StateScoop Awards recognize innovative approaches to making state government more effective and efficient, while the international Gold Hermes Creative Awards recognize creative approaches to the concept, writing, and design of traditional and emerging media. The new Maryland Business Express is an inter-agency collaboration that combines information and resources previously spread across numerous state agencies and departments into one user-friendly and easy-to-navigate site.

"As a coordinating office of Governor Larry Hogan, it is our mission to connect Maryland's small business community to greater economic opportunities," said Jimmy Rhee, Secretary of the Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs. "The new Maryland Business Express brings greater cohesiveness to the vast resources spread across dozens of state agencies and serves businesses at every stage of the life cycle. It will undoubtedly become the premier tool for aspiring entrepreneurs as well as existing small, minority, and women owned businesses."

 
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@me.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.
   
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 
Jack Ashley
410-310-0800

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