THE MISSION OF THE ARNOLD PRESERVATION COUNCIL IS TO UNITE THE PEOPLE OF ARNOLD TO ENHANCE ARNOLD'S IDENTITY AS A
DESIRABLE COMMUNITY THAT PRESERVES ITS RURAL HERITAGE AND ENVIRONMENT BY ADVOCATING RESPONSIBLE GROWTH,
LINKED NEIGHBORHOODS, LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES, AND EXCELLENT SCHOOLS.
P.O. Box 852, Arnold, Maryland 21012-0852
Vol. 4 No. 5 May 2003
The next meeting of APC will be held on
June 11, 2003
7:30 PM in Room 204,YWCA Building, 1517 Ritchie Highway, Arnold, MD
Please note the change in date of this meeting.
• Jiffy Lube – The case has been taken out of the
Minutes of the May 7, 2003 meeting courts. Al Johnston of GSPC is continuing to
pursue irregularities in the approval process.
CALL TO ORDER AND ADMINISTRATION
Ann Fligsten called the meeting to order at 7:33 PM. Delegates to Community Organizations
Because a quorum was not present, the meeting was
convened as an Executive Committee meeting. • GSPC Highlights
Dr. Eric Smith, Superintendent, AA County Public
OFFICERS' REPORTS Schools will be the features speaker at the May 13
GSPC meeting. The GSPC meets in the large
Secretary's Report: conference room at the Severna Park Library.
The following corrections were made to the April
Newsletter: • MRA Report
Page 1, column 1 Treasurer's Report: The annual Earth Day Dive took place on April 26,
Line 2 should read: "expenses for March…" leaving from Ferry Point Marina. Participants
Page 2, column 1 Broadneck Federation Highlights: included midshipmen from the Naval Academy, as
Line 18 should read "residents" well as MRA and NOAA volunteers. Sample
Page 2, column 2 APC Transportation Forum #2: buckets of oyster shell were collected from the
Line 9 should read "lieu of…" Chest Neck bar, then measured and examined for
Page 2 column 2 Broadneck Small Area Plan live spat, and returned to the reef.
Guide: Line 2 should read "approach concerning
the Broadneck…" Representatives from the Manhattan Beach
Community Association attended the April meeting
The minutes were accepted as corrected. to speak about their community's concerns over the
proposed Jiffy Lube and the condo-based
Treasurer's Report – Arnie Dordick submitted the development of the Sonneborn property.
following report: The expenses for April were
$48.36 for postage and copying. The balance in As part of the five-year Magothy River oyster
the Savings account is $944.09 and in the restoration project, the DNR will be sending
Checking account is $281.81. The report was filed equipment and materials to construct a new
for audit. alternative reef site later this month.
STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEE REPORTS Announcements for the first annual Magothy River
Zoning Issues Day have been sent to participants in the joint CBF-
MRA oyster gardening project, to be held May 31
• Broadneck Small Area Plan brochure – Courtney at the Ulmstead Community Beach.
Moen and Ann Fligsten will be meeting with Michael
Fox of P&Z to discuss the brochure. The This year's planting date for the joint CBF-MRA
Broadneck Federation will be consulted on this "grasses for the masses" project has been
project. scheduled for June 17, again at the Grachur Club.
• Polm Property – The Board of Appeals hearing on
the Polm's pool is scheduled for June 3 at 6:30
PM in room 160 of the Arundel Center, 44 Calvert
Street. The Polms request for a variance for their • Broadneck Federation Highlights
pool was denied. APC opposed the granting of that David Pressley has been assigned to the position of
Eastern District Commander. Commander
Pressley is a resident of Foxmoor, in Arnold.
variance and will again oppose it at the Board of th
Appeals hearing. The Villager Motel was robbed on May 4 .
Jim Scroll, a member of the County Traffic for transit, bus shelters, and bike and pedestrian
Engineering Division was the featured speaker of trails. NAPTA supports doubling the amount of
the meeting. The engineering division is money from $7 billion to $14 billion. APC is a
responsible for signs, signals, striping, traffic member of NAPTA. A vote was taken on joining
calming, parking issues etc. on county-owned STTP (Surface Transportation Policy Project). APC
roads. will join that organization as well.
• Because the Maryland state government is
A representative from the engineering division will proposing to cut several bus lines and raise fares
come out to community association meetings to on regional shuttles, the MARC trains, buses, light
discuss traffic issues and present options that are rail and subways, as well as for senior citizens and
available for slowing down traffic on community the disabled, The Transit Riders League of Metro
roads (except on private roads). A handout is Baltimore is sponsoring a series of local public
available listing the traffic calming methods hearings. Two of these will be held in Anne
available to communities. Arundel County.
Wednesday, May 21,
The state will be working on a process to ease the Pascal Senior Center,
beach traffic problems. One of the options is 125 Dorsey Rd, Glen Burnie
closing ramps. Other options were not stated. 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
• Transportation, Bike and Pedestrian Issues Thursday, May 22
A Transportation meeting was held at Bates Middle Annapolis Library
School from 4:30 –8:00 PM on April 24 . The 1410 West Street, Annapolis,
meeting was co-sponsored by the Annapolis Dept. 7 PM to 8PM
of Transportation, (ADOT), AA County (P & Z), and
the Maryland Dept. of Transportation, (MDOT). • Because of the June 4 Transportation planning
4-6 small groups with approximately 8 people per meeting, the next APC meeting will be held on June
group met for about an hour each. The format for 11 .
each group was the same. Three questions were
asked. • Sage Mumma will represent APC at the May 29
Question #1: What do you consider the assets of Scenic Maryland conference entitled "Keeping
transportation in the greater Annapolis area? Give Maryland Beautiful - Tools for Protecting
both both general and specific examples Community Character". The vote to have the
Question #2: What do you not like about conference fee paid by APC was unanimous.
transportation in the greater Annapolis area? Give
both both general and specific examples Bay -Wise Gardening
Question #3: What do you envision for the greater Guest Speakers: Master Gardeners Diane Scherer
Annapolis area in 10 years? Give both both general and Ann Leipold
and specific examples
Ann Leipold is the head of Bay-Wise. The Master
The responses collected in each group will be Gardener program started in 1998, which is
compiled into a report. sponsored by The University of Maryland. To
become a master gardener one must have 40
hours of training and 40 hours of volunteer work.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS There are currently 120 members of the group,
which meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at
APC Transportation Forum #2 Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian Church.
The 2 APC Transportation Forum will be held in
the fall of 2003. Advocates such as the Homeowners may request that a member from Bay
Chesapeake Bay Foundation and One Less Car will Wise come to their home and give tips on having a
be invited to join us. The forum will start with short Bay -Wise environmentally friendly yard and have it
talks and then it will be opened up to the public for certified as a Bay Wise yard when it meets the
discussion. requirements. Those who qualify will be given a
certificate and an attractive sign.
APC's 501(c) (3) status Ann Leipold presented the following 10 money- and
The IRS has indicated that APC must amend its timesaving concepts for improving your property.
corporate charter to remove the many references to • Fertilize wisely. Slow release or organic fertilizers are
APC as a 501(c) (4) organization. We will also the best. Soil test kits are available through the U of
need to change our bylaws to include a board of MD.
• Water efficiently and mow properly. Mow cool season
directors. Ann Fligsten is monitoring this appli-
grasses high (2 1/2" to 3 1/2"). Don't mow when grass
cation process. is wet.
• Water at the base of plants rather than the leaves.
NEW BUSINESS • Control storm water run off by: creating terracing,
swales in low area, buffers running in the yard or
• The TEA–21 (Transportation Equity Act for the gardens. Rain barrels can by bought inexpensively
st from Arlington Echo, The Key School, or John Flood in
21 Century) bill is coming up in Congress for
reauthorization. This bill will authorize more funds South River.
• Mulch appropriately. Only 2 or 3 inches of mulch are River Middle School. E. Joseph Lamp, Ph.D.,
needed. Don't mound mulch too high around trees, as and Fran Maurer will be the featured speakers.
it is harmful. The tree won't get adequate water or
oxygen and the mulch may cause fungal growth. Keep th
Scenic Maryland Conference, May 29 9:30 AM
mulch 2" to 3 " from the trunk. Let fallen leaves stay
under the trees for mulch. at the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center in
• Create and use compost piles Laurel. Contact Sage Mumma (410-544-1273) or
• Control yard pests with IPM. Identify good bugs. Shelley Mastran, Conference coordinator
Some are ladybugs, ground beetles, parasitic wasp, (Shellmast@aol.com) for further information.
and lace wigs.
• Plant wisely. Use native or low maintenance The next meeting of APC will be held on
Wednesday, June 11 at 7:30 PM in room 204 of
• Encourage wild life: by providing such things as
the YWCA Building, 1517 Ritchie Highway,
birdbaths and birdhouses.
• Protect the waterfront by maintaining vegetation within Arnold.
25 feet of the shoreline
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND IMPORTANT DATES TO
APC and the Broadneck Federation are Lucy Iliff, Corresponding Secretary and Recording
presenting a program entitled "Personal and Secretary pro tem
Community Preparedness Training" on May 22
at 7:30 PM in the Large Group Room of Magothy