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. 7 No. 3 March 2006
The next meeting of Arnold Preservation Council will be on
Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at 7:30 PM, Room 204 YWCA Building 1517 Ritchie Highway, Arnold
Come learn about what transpired at our Design and Visioning Forum for Arnold’s Future!
The Riverkeeper for the Severn River and the President of the Magothy River Association
will be our speakers
Minutes of the March 1, 2006 meeting:
President Sage Mumma called the meeting to order at Jerry T. Crawford, author, Chesapeake Bay lecturer,
7:35 PM. She welcomed the members and guests, Bay Wise Master Gardener, and landscape designer,
including Brian Lancione, photographer, and Ted emphasizing an environmental approach to land
Kluga, reporter from the Severna Park Voice. development, discussed his approach to understanding
the current situation of the Bay and some possible
Officer’s Reports: remedies. He explained that he has looked back about
Secretary: 100 years to see how the bay has “lived” and he has
Doris Hansen reported that she had mailed and followed the variety of committees that have recently
emailed the February newsletter. The minutes of the worked on trying to find solutions to the Bay’s
February 1, 2006 meeting were amended to include the problems.
following: “In her presentation, Cathy Vitale said that Over time, there have been a variety of levels of activity
there had been some drug-related activity in three dealing with the health of the Bay. Much that activity
areas of Arnold, among them Kimberley Woods. The has subsided. Mr. Crawford provided a handout on the
police are continuing to monitor this situation.” State of the Bay that covers this topic.
The minutes were approved as amended. Nitrogen is the Bay’s number one problem. The flush
Treasurer: tax has helped to reduce the nitrogen problem, but
Lucy Iliff filed the following report for February 2006: upgrading of waste treated facilities and by re-
• Income $83.76 establishing the natural filtration system of the Bay, by
Dues, donations $80.00 helping with the oyster growth, is much needed. The
Interest $3.76 introduction of the Asian oyster could be a viable
• Expenses: $25,130.50 solution. CBF researchers have not yet finished their
Stamps, printing, research $110.50 study of this oyster, so no decision on introducing it into
Dues refund $20.00 the Bay has been made. The Asian oyster is resistant
Scenic Arnold to MD SHA $25,000 to MSX, which attacks the current Bay oyster
• Balance as of 2/28/06 population once an oyster reaches 3 years of age.
Checking $40.65 Some current fishing practices have been responsible
Savings $1,742.03 for harming the Bay. Menhaden, a fish, is another
• Total Assets $1,782.68 natural filterer of the Bay waters. When the menhaden
The Bill to SHA ($25,000.00) has been paid. One were over-fished, the striped bass (rockfish) became
donor to the Scenic Arnold Project designated her more plentiful, which threatened the crab population.
donation for use on any part of the project. It will be Breaking this cycle by restricting the harvesting of
used to help pay expenses for the forum and the rockfish could help the Bay be healthier. The increase
history project. in the amount of healthy SAV (sub-aquatic vegetation)
The treasurer's report was filed for audit. is helping to preserve the Bay’s young fish and crabs.
Vice President: Making the health of the Bay a political football has not
Missy Blevins reported on 2006 new and renewed APC helped. Mr. Crawford is of the opinion that monies
members. As of 3/1/06, APC has 16 Individual Voting allocated for funding for Bay clean up should not be
Members, 7 Community Associations, 1 Institution, 1 invaded for other purposes. Developers should be
Business, and 49 Non-voting Associates. The large made aware of the huge impact overdevelopment has
jump in the last category is due to the 1-year on the Bay and stringent regulations should be put in
complimentary membership given to the donors to the place concerning building in the watershed areas. Mr.
Scenic Arnold planting project. Crawford stated that our laws need to have real teeth,
President: with significant fines, especially for the removal of trees
Sage Mumma reported that Ann Fligsten had sent APC in the critical area and buffer zones.
a note of thanks for the live orchid plant she had Organic gardening can help save the Bay as well. Bay
Wise/Master Gardeners offer free landscape advice on
received in appreciation for her four years of how to create outdoor plantings and landscaping that
will reduce adverse impact on the Bay and its The joint CBF/MRA Grasses for the Masses
watershed area. Users of septic systems can get free project will be sponsoring its fifth annual
kits to help reduce the nitrogen from their systems. workshop on March 24. Participants will grow
Composting is also helpful. Use of slow-release underwater grasses that will be planted in the
fertilizers, rain barrels, and planting less grass were river. Interested persons can contact Carl Treffat
among Mr. Crawford’s suggestions. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Along with its oyster restoration partners, the
Standing And Special Committee Reports: MRA is working on a plan to reseed some of the
Land Use: Arnold Farms: existing oyster reefs.
Zoning Enforcement is looking into the issue of whether Earth Day (April 22) activities include the annual
Arnold Farms exceeds the nursery farm limitations. oyster dive with the Naval Academy and NOAA,
Sage Mumma’s letter to Inspections & Permits (I & P) and participating in the Environmental
on 8/15 /05 was sufficient to be considered a formal Awareness Fair at Anne Arundel Community
request to P & Z, which promp-ted the opening of a College.
case. Joannie Coleman-Casey (Director of Zoning Residents of North Shore contacted the MRA
Enforcement) and Helen Simpson (Inspector for the about a 7,500 square foot house being
case) will be making sporadic site visits over the next constructed on Hickory Point in Pasadena, which
few months, including the growing season months, to replaces an existing 900 square foot home. The
monitor whether Arnold Farms is in compliance with the county has informed them that because that lot is
“accessory retail or wholesale uses portion of the AA buffer exempt, the house can be built in the
Co. Code. That section states, “accessory retail or buffer without variances.
wholesale uses may not occupy more than 1% of the The Board of Appeals hearings on Dobbins
lot, excluding green houses and required setbacks, Island are scheduled for March 21, 22 and 23 at
growing, and plant display areas.” According to Gail the Arundel Center. The owner is appealing the
Smith, (2/8/06 email) P&Z has returned site plans to Administrative Hearing Officer’s denial of the
Arnold Farms at least twice to make revisions. No variances he needs to build a large home on
specifics of what the site plans were for or when or if Dobbins. He is also requesting variances to
they had been adequately revised and subsequently disturb steep slopes in order to build a driveway
accepted and for which of the permit requests the up the north face of the island to his house, and
revisions were made. variances to permanently disturb wetlands in a
Gail Smith has also requested that Jan Russell ask cove on North Shore to construct a driveway,
Donnie Woodrow (I&P) to helps us sort out the status ramp and pier.
of the building permits for Arnold Farms. The Board of Appeals hearings on Little Island
are scheduled over nine sessions, beginning in
April and ending in July. Opponents are
Scenic Arnold: Ann Fligsten reported on the up-coming
appealing both the variances that would legalize
retroactive permits for his home, and the
The Sun ran an article on APC and the forum
administrative decision to approve his application
for retroactive buffer exempt status.
Planning for the forum on Saturday, March 4,
Severna Park residents report that pilings have
2006 is going well. We plan on 30-50
been installed in the headwaters of Cypress
attendees and all will be invited to lunch
Creek, apparently for the newly opened Assisted
provided by Arnold businesses: (Safeway, Papa
Living Facility. They have made inquiries to the
John’s, Fishpaws, and Subway).
Maryland Department of the Environment about
the lack of notification and proposed dredging of
Volunteers are still needed to help on the day of the shallow waters.
the forum. Al Johnston reported that the dredging project
APC members and friends were encouraged to had begun. There is no active permit, to allow
attend and bring their ideas for Arnold’s future! the dredging and it will be stopped.
Delegates to Community Organizations Broadneck Federation – Joe Hoppa reported the
MRA delegate, Diane Scherer reported the following: following from the 2/23/06 meeting:
The MRA hosted its fourth annual “State of the USNA Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk provided
Magothy” forum at AACC on February 15. additional details concerning the new Ice
Topics included water quality and living Skating/Tennis Facility to be built adjacent to
resources in the river, the North Cypress Branch the Naval Academy Golf Course.
watershed project, reforestation projects and Phase one - construction of the building shell,
land conservation easements. ice rink, limited spectator seating, restrooms
The Board of Public Works held a public meeting and locker rooms.
on February 9 to discuss last December’s 3 Phase two - six indoor tennis courts. Phase two
million gallon sewage spill into Mill Creek. Due will not start until funding is available.
to a large audience and long agenda, a second This project is being paid for by with private
meeting will be scheduled. funds.
Community groups that now use the ice rink in people have been threatened for turning
Dahlgren Hall will continue to be able to use the culprits in.
new facility when not in use by academy • Call 410-222-6145 for crime watch items.
personnel. Some concern was expressed • Reminder – it is against the law to leave a
about potential traffic issues. If traffic problems car. running unattended.
do occur, Mr. Gladchuk requested that he be Aspire Centennial Maureen Carr York, the
notified immediately. No timetable has been new GSPC president, reported the following
reported for this project, but the phase one • Mindy’s is selling t-shirts, sweatshirts, shirts,
portion should bee completed in time for the fall and baseball caps with the Centennial
hockey practice and season. insignia on them.
Chris Soldano, a representative of the Anne • There will be a symphony and traveling
Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning history.
discussed various development/zoning issues. Zoning & Legislation - Al Johnson
His presentation was similar to the 1/4/06 • County pension plan is good but health care
presentation to APC, but more process-related. costs are getting very large, $110 million per
A resolution supporting Senate Bill 168, a bill to year.
double the existing fine structure for overweight • A new Eastern district police station is to be
vehicles on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and its built.
approaches, was submitted for approval. • Wastewater pipe system will have to be
Implementation of the new fine structure will upgraded. Pipe to be relined.
hopefully reduce the damage done to the bridge Schools - Beth Slicker described the new
by overweight vehicles. The resolution was school board election plan. She said that the
approved by a majority of the community AB day plan and the Math program are under
The next Broadneck Federation meeting will be on The next GSPC meeting will be on March 14. At 7:30
3/23/06, Magothy River Middle School PM in the conference room of the S.P. Library.
GSPC: Lucy Iliff reported the following from the 2/14/06
meeting: Other Reports:
Gail Smith discussed the senior citizen Ed Parker announced that a new set of plantings will be
assistance center on Riva Road where seniors going in along the B & A Trail across from Chesapeake
can get help for signing up for the new federal Academy. It will be plantings in memory of Kevin
prescription drug program. Dooley, a highly regarded P & Z employee who passed
Scott Hymes listed the Severn River Keeper’s away recently.
• Resource New Business:
• Clean streams and shoreline A. A. Co. School Board nominating process has begun.
• Advocate - pro bono lawyers for the Bay As a 501 c 3 organization, APC is entitled to nominate
• Will hold parties 1 (one) candidate for the Board of Education from
Lois Villmaire is the new assistant director of District 33a/B for 2006. APC can also send delegates
P&Z. She distributed a handout on some (1 for every 50 members of our organization) to the
zoning changes, among which were: BOE Hearings and nonpartisan Convention. The
• Waterfront lot definition has been changed to: deadline for candidates for the Board has passed.
1) A lot that abuts the mean high waterline Delegates to the nominating convention, which is on
or 2) a lot that abuts land owned by a Wed. May 3, 2006 at Arundel HS in Gambrills 6 PM,
homeowner’s association that abuts the should submit their registration information by mail
mean high-water line (in order to allow piers before 3/15/06. Registration after that date is possible
to be constructed on the community property but the fee increases for $8 to $15. Contact APC by
for use by these lots) email of phone (410-544-1273) to get the registration
• 20ft. Setback changed to 7 + 7. form for the convention and full information on the
• Signs - New language has been added, process.
which states that the person or organization
that is the subject of sign shall be presumed Announcements:
to be the party that erected the sign. This id APC wish list
for enforcement purposes. GSPC delegate (meetings - 2nd Tuesday of
• Special exception or variance is now valid for each month at the SP Library)
18 months. PR helper (must have access to computer and
• A second community meeting will be held af- fax machine)
ter the final plan is completed. APC Brochure writer
New GSPC Officers were elected for 2006. Membership drive helper – stuff envelopes and
Eastern District Police Report affix stamps – one-time job
• There has been a rise in crime in Severna
Park, due mostly to drugs. There are Gonzales Research and Marketing Strategies
Methamphetamine labs in the area. conducting a focus group roundtable discussion on
• Graffiti and vandalism are growing. Some
environmental issues in AA Co for Phil Bissett (R) - 2006 HAZARDOUS WASTE SCHEDULE
candidate for Co. Exec. 3/7/06, 6 - 8 PM
Saturday, March 18 – hazardous waste recycling 03-18- Millersville Landfill & Resource
at Millersville Landfill 06 Recovery Facility
389 Burns Crossing Road
Elizabeth Wyble, President of the Friends of the B&A
04-08- Sudley Convenience Center
Trail sent the following invitation to APC: 06 5400 Nutwell Sudley Road
YOU ARE INVITED
TO THE 05-20- Glen Burnie Convenience Center
FRIENDS OF ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY TRAILS 06 100 Dover Road
ANNUAL MEETING AND AWARDS CEREMONY Glen Burnie
06-10- Millersville Landfill & Resource
AT SEVEN O'CLOCK p.m. 06 Recovery Facility
MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2006 389 Burns Crossing Road
GLEN BURNIE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION BUILDING
19 CRAIN HIGHWAY, GLEN BURNIE 07-15- Sudley Convenience Center
06 5400 Nutwell Sudley Road
SPEAKER TOM ROSS Deale
Former Assistant Director of the National Park Service 09-09- Glen Burnie Convenience Center
Presently, Executive Director Maryland Recreation and Parks 06 100 Dover Road
Assn. Glen Burnie
10-21- Millersville Landfill & Resource
06 Recovery Facility
NATIONAL TRAIL SCENE
MARYLAND PROGRAM OPEN SPACE
389 Burns Crossing Road
LEARN OF FRIENDS NEW AND CONTINUING PROJECTS 11-18- Glen Burnie Convenience Center
NEW TRAILS BEING CONSTRUCTED 06 100 Dover Road
AWARDS Glen Burnie
The next APC meeting will be held on April 5, 2006.
The speakers will be the River keeper for the Severn The February/March copy of Inside Annapolis
and the Magothy River Association President. They Magazine had an entire article on recycling. Below
will discuss their jobs and how the public can is a list of some websites on recycling given in the
become involved in the preserving the rivers. article
7:30 PM at the YWCA.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.
Respectfully submitted, www.aacounty.org/DPW/WasteManagement/
Doris Hansen, Secretary http://maryland,earth911.org/usa/master.asp
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APC Meeting dates for 2006
The following speakers are scheduled for our 2006
meetings. Watch this space for updates!
April 5 Severn Riverkeeper and MRA
May 3 David Dionne-Update on Trails
June 7 Cpl. Wayne Tannis, AA CO Police
September “Arnold, Maryland, The Little Post
Office That Grew”
October 4 Janice Harvey – YWCA CEO
November 1 Arnold Fire Department