September 2013

BQA will be rescheduling it's
annual meeting for sometime in October!
We will contact you with further details...
Thank you!!

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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FOUR SEASONS HEARING                       

BQA members may remember that there was a letter of support from Business Queen Anne's to the County Commissioners back in September of 2012 regarding the proposed Slippery Hill Development in Grasonville across from the ER facility.


At the recent BQA board meeting, David Layfield with Green Street Development did a presentation on the mixed use project. Highlights included:

  • The site features include a covered transit stop, a statue commemorating the Battle of Slippery Hill and high quality signage.  
  • The mixed use development includes 20,000 sq ft of commercial/retail space, 108 garden style apartments and public access nature trails. 
  • The market study revealed that the 121 apartment units comparable to the proposed development had ZERO vacancies as of 8/2/13  
  • Amenities include a clubhouse, business center, meeting room, kitchen, lounge, and playground.  
  • Of the nearly 25 acres site, almost 15 acres are set aside for forest conservation. 
  • There will be units available for lower income applicants who will receive partial financing from a federally funded low income housing incentive program.
  • 12 Units are set aside for persons with disabilities.


BQA will be sending another letter of support to the Commissioners this month.





Ron Fithian, the Chair of the Clean Chesapeake Coalition and Chip McLeod with Funk & Bolton presented information to the board regarding the Conowingo Dam. Highlights included:

  • Currently there are seven counties that are members of the coalition. Queen Anne's is not one of them. 
  • Their objective is to pursue improvement to the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay in a prudent and fiscally responsible manner. 
  • The State has come up with the WIP (Watershed Implementation Plan) that focuses on Agriculture, Waste Water Treatment Plants, Stormwater and Septics that will cost the state taxpayers 14.4 billion dollars. 
  • The state will spend 3.7 billion to reduce 620 tons of Nitrogen from entering the bay through 2025 while the Conowingo Dam dumped 42,000 tons of nitrogen during Tropical Storm Lee in September of 2011. 
  • FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) is reviewing the renewal of Exelon's license (due to be renewed in September of 2014) to run the Conowingo Dam and the Coalition wants more/better regulations especially regarding dredging the sediment built up over the past 84 years behind the dam. 
  • The sediment that is released from the dam with every major weather event smothers the oysters, suffocates the grasses and releases the bound nutrients of nitrogen and phosphorus.

Your BQA board voted to send a letter to the County Commissioners encouraging them to join this coalition!


For more information regarding the coalition and the Conowingo Dam, visit their website by clicking on the logo below.





Your membership dues renewal information has gone out!! Also, we are presently looking for a Membership Chair to help round up new members. If you are interested, please email us at


Thank you for your continued support!!       


MEMBER NEWS                    
Delmarva Power Supports 2013 Coastal Cleanup
Delmarva Power is once again joining with environmental, governmental and business organizations throughout the region to support the 27th annual Coastal Cleanup this fall. The effort aims to remove trash from beaches and riverbanks in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.

Volunteers are needed to clean up more than 60 locations. Most cleanups will occur on Saturday, Sept. 21, while others will take place on other dates in September and October. (See attached list for specific information on all cleanup sites, times and dates). Each participant will receive an original Coastal Cleanup T-shirt (while supplies last), courtesy of Delmarva Power, the event's primary corporate sponsor for 23 consecutive years.


"Delmarva Power believes this annual cleanup is an environmental, educational and community event," said Matt Likovich, spokesman for Delmarva Power, during a Coastal Cleanup kickoff news conference on Wednesday in Ocean City. "The cleanup benefits the environment, educates the public about the dangers of pollution and the importance of recycling, and brings people together to work on a worthwhile project."

In last year's cleanup, more than 2,100 volunteers collected an estimated 18,000 pounds of trash. Unusual items collected included a Hula-Hoop, toilet, sofa pillow, plaster cast of a foot, car headlight and lottery tickets inside of a bottle. Typical items found included cigar and cigarette butts, beverage containers, plastic bags and balloons with attached strings or ribbons. Balloons, strings and ribbons pose a serious health threat to animals and aquatic life which can mistake balloons for food and become entangled in the strings and ribbons. Delaware has introduced recycling as part of the cleanup with volunteers separating trash from recyclables.


Coastal Cleanup is part of International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by Ocean Conservancy, an organization that works to protect the world's oceans. The types and quantities of trash collected will be itemized on data cards which will then be forwarded to the Center for Marine Conservation. The information will be used to identify the source of debris as well as explore ways to reduce or eliminate litter.


Find additional information by visiting,

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 and on Twitter at

Our mobile app is available at



Click on the logo below to find out

Coastal Cleanup Locations, Times, Dates & Contacts!





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


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




In This Issue
Annual Meeting Postponed!
Four Seasons Hearing
Slippery Hill Development
Clean Chesapeake Coalition
Membership Renewal
Member News
Assistance Needed


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 




 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 c/o Sandra's Office Support | 405 Victoria Way | Stevensville | MD | 21666