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APC NEWSLETTER 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 http://arnold.u2i.org Vol. 5 No. 4 May 2004 The next meeting will be a joint meeting of Greater Severna Park Council, APC and the Broadneck Federation on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 Big Vanilla Athletic Club, Rte. 2 at West Campus Drive, Arnold Joseph Rutter, Director, Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning will discuss the Proposed Amendments to the County Zoning Code A sketch plan meeting to consider Stonecrest, a Minutes of the APC Meeting May 5, 2004 new development to be located at Bay Dale and and report on the Jones Station Roads. It would have 42 single- Joint APC - Broadneck Federation Meeting family homes. Ed Parker will look into this. Environment/ Beautification Committee May 20, 2004 Lucy Iliff: CALL TO ORDER AND ADMINISTRATION Larry Masterson from GSPC told Lucy that GSPC Ann Fligsten called the meeting to order at 7:32 PM. already had plans for median strip improvements Secretary's Report from Jones Station Road to Rte. 50. The minutes of the March 2004 meeting were Any median strip improvement will have to wait accepted as distributed. until SHA has more information on widening Rte. Treasurer's Report 2. Sage Mumma filed the following treasurer's report: Businesses in the Arnold Road area and along Rte. 2 in Arnold will be encouraged upgrade the Previous month balances: plantings at their businesses. APC member Savings Account: $1,036.73 Gerry Gimelstob (Arnold McDonalds) will be Checking: $419.32 Total - $1,456.05 asked to help. Ann Fligsten: April Income: $80.22 The Greater Severna Park Chamber of Dues - $50 Commerce is interested in joining the median Donations - $30 strip beautification project. Scenic Maryland may Interest (savings account) - $0.22 want to join this project. AACC and Safeway will April Expenses: $79.95 be approached as well. Stamps - $60.00 Photocopying – $19.95 Delegates to Community Organizations Final balances: MRA Report Savings account - $1,116.95 Diane Scherer: Checking account - $339.37 The April meeting guest speaker was Mary Total - $1,456.32. Searing, senior engineer of the Watershed The reports were filed for audit. Management Planning project, County Office of Environmental and Cultural Resources. This STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEE REPORTS study assesses the impact of land use on the Land Use Committee environment and aims to act as a guide to Ann Fligsten reported that Dr. Jack Iliff and his wife making responsible planning decisions. Sally have decided to move ahead with their plans MRA members reported on the current status of for a medical building on the property between Rte. pursuing a new nonprofit status tax designation 2 and B & A Blvd., south of W. Joyce Lane. After and on the Dobbin’s Island project. the April APC meeting at which they presented their The MRA will be applying for a grant to complete proposed project, the Iliffs were told that APC was the seeding of the two-acre oyster restoration site not inclined to support their plan to build. A special off Ulmstead Point. exception will be required, and there are SHA right of way issues. The Iliffs were invited to the May APC meeting to discuss this further, but did not accept that invitation. Motion: Ed Parker moved that APC not support the Iliff project as MRA Report (continued) presented on 4/7/04. The motion was duly The MRA is exploring with the county the seconded and passed 8-1-0. possibility of using designated buffer restoration funds to purchase trees for this fall’s tree planting Land Use Committee (continued) The 2004 Earth Day dive was held April 24 at Ferry Point Marina. Midshipmen from the USNA th placed several mini reef balls at oyster May 7 is Bike to work Day. restoration sites and collected oyster samples. A decision was made to assist the fireboat The June APC meeting will be held jointly with volunteers in repairing their GPS system. In Broadneck Federation and the Greater Severna th addition to their local rescue work, they have, for Park Council on Tuesday, June 8 at 7:30 PM in many years, provided logistical support for our the meeting room at the Big Vanilla Athletic oyster restoration activity. Support will be sought Center. from the MRA membership. The MRA has registered to enter a float in the APC will not meet during July or August. upcoming Severna Park Fourth of July parade. The theme for the parade is America’s ADJOURNMENT volunteers. The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 PM. Greater Severna Park Council Sage Mumma: Dr. Christine Amiss, Coordinator for the Extended Joint APC and Broadneck Federation Meeting Learning Program (precursor to the International May 20, 2004. Baccalaureate Program (IBP) Anne Arundel County Public Schools, presented an overview of Arnold Safeway Renovation/Expansion the IBP. Information on the program can be Thomas Castleberry, Vice President for Safeway real gotten from Dr. Amiss at wwww.aacps.org or estate, James Brooks, Safeway Eastern Division real 410-222-5415. estate director, Robert Messer, from the Safeway Noise impact on the area from BWI is an ongoing Eastern Division design division, and Fred Delavan, problem. A consultant has been hired to analyze Safeway real estate lawyer, presented an overview of noise impact. Residents are urged to call the BWI the proposed renovation and expansion of the Arnold Noise Office at 410-859-7021 to report excessive Safeway. noise from airplanes flying over residential areas. Present store, built in 1970, 22,000 square feet in size. UNFINISHED BUSINESS Renovated / expanded store - 55.000 square feet on 2 levels. Jones Station Park and Ride – The SHA has decided Safeway owns the set of stores just to the north not to sell part of this site. Citizen input was key in of the current facility. These will be torn down the decision. and used for a portion of the new facility. Many Magothy River Land Trust – The finance committee of the current businesses are on short-term will discuss this issue. Supporting members' dues are leases. Safeway is already in negotiations with $50. the tenants there. TransAAACT – 12 organizations have now joined Surface and "enclosed structured parking" – 300 TransAAACT. Ann Fligsten reported learning that parking spaces total. (133 below; 166 surface, 85% of the miles driven are driven by people who are where current parking lot is located) not commuting to work. Some suggested solutions to Shopping cart "corrals" in parking lots. reduce this could be forming community carpools, Access to store from the garage at the back "errand" pools, and by encouraging parents to walk (lower lever) would be by elevator or escalator their children to bus stops rather than driving them that would bring shoppers directly to the front of there. the main lobby area of the store. ADA friendly. NEW BUSINESS Loading dock will be at the Rte. 2 side of the facility to minimize the noise impacting the Colleen Casey reported that there is a house with a neighborhood.. detached garage located on East Joyce Lane Additional services: Full service bakery, banking, that appears to be turning into a truck stop. APC Starbucks, pharmacy, dry cleaners, organic will look into the Zoning regulations on parking foods. commercial vehicles on residential property. The current Safeway pharmacy will be relocated Beryl Smith reported that the AA County job freeze to a nearby location during construction process. is adversely impacting some of the functions of county divisions, such as animal control. She Citizen concerns and Safeway responses: suggested that APC meet with county officials to Security in the garage (covered parking) area – discuss this issue. courtesy clerks will be assigned to the area and there may be security cameras there also. ANNOUNCEMENTS Traffic issues at Old B & A Blvd and Rte. 2 and at Arnold Rd. and Rte. 2 – Safeway and SHA will The next APC meeting will be a joint meeting with look at the whole area APC and the Broadneck Federation on Thursday, Landscaping at site – plan shows extensive May 20, 2004 in the Large Group Room at Magothy plantings, trees, but no hedges. River Middle School, 241 Peninsula Farm Rd., in Arnold. (See below for highlights of that meeting.) Bicycle parking at the store – to be provided Timeline for construction: 3 permits are needed: Respectfully submitted, County grading permit, County building permit, and State Highway Administration access permit. Some variances may be needed for the building, such as one for a proposed canopy over the Sage Mumma, Recording Secretary, pro tem outdoor walkway from the front of the store to the lower parking level. The planning, budget, permit REMEMBER… phase, which is expected to begin shortly, is There are special days in 2004 for recycling expected to last until the spring of 2005. After hazardous waste and electronics, such as the demolition of the present store, the actual computers, radios, etc. construction would take about 11-12 months. DATE LOCATION Sewer and Septic 06-19-04 Glen Burnie Convenience Center 100 Dover Rd, Glen Burnie Staff from the Anne Arundel County Health 07-17-04 Sudley Convenience Center Department presented a comprehensive overview of 5400 Nutwell Sudley Rd, Deale both public sewer questions for our area as well as 08-21-04 Millersville Landfill & Resource information on how to care for septic systems. Recovery Facility Anne Arundel County does not have the money 389 Burns Crossing Rd, Severn to install sewers as was once planned. 09-18-04 Sudley Convenience Center Extending sewers brings more development, 10-16-04 Millersville Landfill & Resource which taxes the pumping stations and can result Recovery Facility in increased pumping station spills. Sewers are not foolproof. Call 410-222-7951 or visit the DPW website: Because septic systems may be in our future for www.aacounty.org/DPW if you have questions or many decades it is important to maintain them. comments about hazardous waste or electronics recycling, or if you want to find out how to get a new If maintained, septic systems are a good way to or replacement recycling bin. recycle water into the ground. Septic systems are designed to filter solids out of Yard waste can be recycled with the trash. 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