Todd Mohn’s Wrap Up of the October 24th County Commissioner Meeting
The Commissioners' October 24th meeting started at 3:00 p.m. with the Annual Maryland Consolidated Transportation Plan Tour, followed by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Shore Delegation “2024 Legislative Initiatives” and the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.
I. Annual Maryland Consolidated Transportation Plan Tour Secretary Paul Wiedefeld and various staff shared the Draft Consolidated Transportation Program and outlined transportation priorities for 2024 – 2029.
II. Eastern Shore Delegation “2024 Legislative Initiatives” Senator Hershey, Delegate Jacobs, Delegate Ghrist along with staff members were in attendance and discussed the 2024 Legislative Initiatives for the upcoming session.
III. Proclamation #23-51 Friel Lumber 12th Anniversary Friel Lumber Company of Queenstown, Maryland, a family-owned company, is celebrating 120 years of business. The company, which operates Friel Lumber and S.E.W. Friel’s Canning House, is owned and operated by 5 generations of the Friel Family.
IV. Parks and Recreation Update Mr. Steve Chandlee, Director gave an update on the completed various parks projects, recreation update, the Park Ranger programs, Bay Bridge Airport, Blue Heron Golf Course, and Public Landings project and grant submittals.
V. Economic & Tourism Development Update Ms. Heather Tinelli, Director updated the Commissioners on Top Industry Earnings and Top Growing Industries in the County. She also presented Retail Development and Commercial Land sales, Rural Maryland Economic Development Funds received as well as Outreach and Community Events.
VI. Center for the Military and Veteran Family “Operational Update” Mr. Eric Johnson, Executive Director presented various services that are available to veterans and military families and the impact these services have. He also shared future opportunities and projects.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
- Mid-Shore Regional Detention Center Notice of Intent Queen Anne’s County agrees to fully support the investigation of a feasibility study of constructing a new Mid-Shore Regional Detention Center with our neighboring counties of Caroline and Kent on the site of the former Eastern Pre-Release Unit (EPRU) located at 700 Flat Iron Square Road near Church Hill. We have initiated a combined Part 1 and Part 2 Programming Study in accordance with the ‘Local Jails Capital Improvement Policy and Procedures Manual’. This study will encompass the needs of all three Counties and will be submitted by March 2024. APPROVED 5-0
- Mid-Shore Regional Detention Center – Part 1 and Part 2 Programming Study Proposal The County has had two productive meetings with representatives of Caroline County and Kent County, as well as staff from the State of Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correction Services and the Department of Budget & Management. While we have received no official Notice of Intent from either County, a County Commissioner from each County attended both meetings and has expressed keen interest in the project. In addition, both State agencies are also fully supportive of the initiative. The first step in the design process is to complete what is known as a Part 1 and Part 2 Programming Study. This study will determine each County's needs as far as beds, programming space, medical space, etc. and then combine the needs into a single program. In order to keep this progress progressing expeditiously, the State needs to have this study completed by March 2024. We have received a proposal from our existing Detention Center architect, Colimore Architects, to conduct the regional study in the amount of $98,900. Each County has agreed to pay one-third of this fee. APPROVED 5-0
- Chesterhaven Beach Subdivision – Public Works Agreement – Amendment 2 Chesterhaven Beach Partnership is requesting 36 additional months to initiate construction, which would delay that deadline until September 10, 2026. In addition to the time extension, they have also agreed to reduce the maximum development potential to no more than 90 lots and are thereby relinquishing the now excess 22,500 gallons per day of sewer allocation. In recognition of the reduced development potential from 180 lots to 90 lots, no additional deposits are required (previously placed deposits now represent over 30% of the total a sewer allocation fee). Recommended execution of Public Works Agreement which has been reviewed by the County Attorney. APPROVED 4-1
- Road Name Change Request A County resident has submitted a request to rename her private lane name to Happy Camper Lane (see attached). The private lane was previously named Sportmans Neck Circle. A total of three residents will be affected by this change and have agreed to the name change. This change has been reviewed by the Planning Supervisor, DPW, and by the Assistant Chief of Communications. APPROVED 5-0
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