September 2018

MESSAGE FROM THE SHERIFF - QAC GOES PURPLE

Before heroin was a major issue in the area, families would come into my office and tell me about their child's opioid addiction because they didn't know who or where to turn to.

As more overdoses began to occur from heroin and prescription medication and more families came to my office, I started asking when parents first noticed the behavior. I would cringe when they answered, "well, kids are going to be kids. They smoked weed ... they drank."

But what the family didn't notice over time was that 'just' the smoking of weed and 'just' ... alcohol became a greater issue, but they were afraid to talk about the issue and they were afraid to approach it because they didn't know anything about it. They thought their kids would grow out of this. Instead, they grew into that problem.

I've had the richest of families in my office down to the most impoverished - sadly, family members see the addiction but only reach out when its spiraling out of control. Once someone gets to me, they've almost reached the end of the addiction cycle where death is imminent.

Let's get the community members before the addiction - not when they've spiraled out of control to an arrest from my office or, to their death. We need every business, every community member and every resident in this county to stand up and support QAC Goes Purple. Our strength in this message is unity.

- SHERIFF GARY HOFMANN

K. Hovnanian supports the "QAC Goes Purple" effort by lighting the water tower in purple!

CONOWINGO DAM UPDATE
The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) summer conference was in August and  the focus of which was "Water, Water Everywhere" and presentations revolve around the health of Maryland waterways. Topics pertaining to infrastructure, treatment and regulations were explored over the course of the four-day event. The Clean Chesapeake Coalition (CCC) is currently comprised of government officials from six Maryland counties: Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent and Queen Anne's. The Coalition's objective is to pursue improvement to the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay in the most prudent and fiscally responsible manner - through research, coordination and advocacy. Since its inception in 2012, Coalition counties has fought to bring attention to the largest single point source of pollution to Bay waters, the reservoir behind the Conowingo Dam in the lower Susquehanna River. 

Exelon, current owner of the Dam, is in the process of seeking a new, 46-year license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and, as part of that process, Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act requires that the state of Maryland issue a Water Quality Certification (WQC) for the Dam. On April 27th of this year, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) did indeed issue the WQC, with special conditions - conditions that Exelon is now suing Maryland over in two courts and administratively. Exelon maintains that the Dam is not a source of pollution and that the conditions imposed by the State are impracticable and illegal.


Click the photo below for the latest video from the Clean Chesapeake Coalition.





SDAT's MARYLAND BUSINESS EXPRESS

SDAT's Maryland Business Express Begins Accepting
Previous Year Filings Online
Businesses Can Now File Up to 10 Years of Overdue Annual Reports and
Personal Property Tax Returns Online to Regain Good Standing Status


The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) has updated its award-winning Maryland Business Express (MBE) site to now allow online filing of up to 10 years of overdue Annual Reports and Personal Property Tax Returns. This previously paper-based process will enable business owners to more quickly and easily bring their entities into good standing status and maintain or regain the ability to legally conduct business in Maryland.

"Maryland is Open for Business, and SDAT is doing its part by making it easier and faster than ever for busy business owners to get back on a path to success after failing to submit a required filing," said SDAT Director Michael Higgs. "We are continuously working to launch new online services to improve the support and guidance our Department provides to Maryland's hard working business owners."

Eligible Maryland businesses now have the ability to conveniently submit overdue annual filings for up to 10 previous years online. This was formerly a service that was only available by mail or in-person during standard operating hours, but is now available 24/7 and can even be completed on a mobile device. Once completed, businesses can pay for multiple filings with one online payment and will be notified by the Department if there are any additional steps that need to be taken to regain  good standing status. If a customer starts to complete an Annual Report or Personal Property Tax Return, but leaves the filing in incomplete status, they will be emailed a reminder to finish the form before it is deleted.

All business entities formed, qualified, or registered to do business in Maryland must file an Annual Report every year. If your business owns, leases, or uses personal property in Maryland and/or maintains a trader's license with a local unit of government in Maryland, you must also file a Personal Property Tax Return. If you do not file the required documents by the annual deadline on April 15, your business will fall out of good standing status and may eventually be forfeited. If a business is forfeited, it no longer has the authority to conduct business in Maryland and has no right to its name.

While failure to submit required annual filings is the most common reason why a business entity falls out of good standing status, there are several other requirements that an entity must comply with in order to remain in good standing in Maryland. As an aid to Maryland businesses that have fallen out of good standing and are facing forfeiture in October, SDAT has launched a Potential Domestic Forfeiture Search. This feature will allow customers to search the database using a Department ID number or entity name to determine the exact reason their business is not in good standing. With this information, customers can then take the necessary steps to resolving the issue and prevent forfeiture. If you have any additional questions about why your entity is facing forfeiture, please email sdat.persprop@maryland.gov.

SDAT strongly recommends that all business owners sign up for our email distribution list to receive timely reminders about filing these important documents by the required deadline.



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 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 
went out last month and are due upon receipt
If you have any questions, 
please contact Sandra at
 
DISSEN & JOHN IN THE NEWS
In the Fall of 2016, the Dissen & Juhn Company, Stevensville, MD, was awarded a contract to replace the floating docks at the 175 slip existing Harbor East Marina with a new modern marina steps away from one of the hottest neighborhoods in Baltimore.
 
The two-phase project is one of the major redevelopment projects currently taking place in Baltimore, which collectively represent the most significant effort since the redevelopment of the Inner Harbor some 50 years ago.
 
The project is the featured cover story in Marina Dock Age's current issue: 




 
 
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


SIGN UP FOR CITIZEN'S ALERT
Have you signed up for the County's Citizen's Alert yet?

Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our Emergency Alert Program. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.

Click on the logo below to sign up!

 
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!
  

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 
Barry Waterman
Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty
410-643-5005
Sandra Early 
Administrator  
410-739-4716
BUSINESS Queen Anne's c/o Sandra's Office Support | 405 Victoria Way | Stevensville | MD | 21666