INFORMATION FROM THE ARNOLD PRESERVATION COUNCIL, INC. A NON-PROFIT, NON-PARTISAN GROUP DEDICATED TO
UNITING THE RESIDENTS OF ARNOLD, MARYLAND IN A JOINT EFFORT FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE COMMUNITY AS A
P.O. Box 852, Arnold, Maryland 21012-0852
Vol. 3 No. 3 March
THE NEXT MEETING OF APC WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2002
at 7:30 PM in Room 204, YWCA Building, 1517 Ritchie Highway, Arnold, MD
Speaker: Alan Summers, Host of WBMC radio program "The Garden Club"
Topic: "Aspects of Gardening, including Deer and Drought Resistant Perennials"
Minutes of March 6, 2002 Meeting, YWCA Building, Arnold, MD.
Four amendments were introduced and
CALL TO ORDER AND ADMINISTRATION passed.
1. Ripley Property, south of Rt. 50 at 1037
President Ann Fligsten called the meeting to Skidmore Drive: Change from RLD to
order at 7:35 PM. She welcomed Robert Tufts, R-1.
from the Anne Arundel Green Party, Penny Lord, 2. Rommell Property, 1007 Skidmore
delegate from Glen Oban and Gerry Gimbelstob, Drive: Change from C-3 to C-2. Marc
alternate delegate from Rugby Hall. Bowen's property is still proposed to be
zoned C-4, as passed at the 2/4/02
OFFICERS' REPORTS County Council meeting.
3. Lonergan Property, Chesapeake Char-
Secretary's Report – Sage Mumma ter, Inc, 424 Broadneck Road: R-1 to 3
The minutes of the February 6 APC meeting acres into W-2 and 6 acres into OS
were corrected to reflect that a motion to accept (open space). The Community of
the Audit Committee report had been moved, Whispering Woods and Mr. Lonergan
seconded and unanimously approved as have come to an agreement that
presented. The 2/6/02 minutes were then includes covenants on his property. The
approved as corrected. recently passed bus bill and the use
variance that already exists on this
Treasurer's Report – Arnie Dordick property would allow a total of 30 buses
A balance of $413.59 was reported in the in the W-2 portion of the property. The
checking account and $528.48 in savings for a covenant would cap the number of
total balance of $942.07. The report was filed buses at 50.
for audit. 4. Ackerman Property, Davis Press Repair,
Inc, Landon Lane and Magothy Drive:
STANDING AND This property was R-2 but had been
downzoned to R-1. The owners
SPECIAL COMMITTEE REPORTS
requested reinstatement of R-2 zoning.
Zoning / Legislation / County Council
2. Fishpaws/ Jiffy Lube – A rendering of the
proposed renovation for Fishpaws was
1. Comprehensive Zoning–Broadneck Area
discussed, as was the nature of the activity
(Bill 3-02) – Tom Novak reported on the at the site just north of the building. APC will
public testimony and amendments to the bill continue to monitor the activity there.
at the 3/4/02 County Council meeting.
Environment / Beautification
Ann Fligsten announced that APC is looking for "The Mission of the Arnold Preservation
a second member to co-chair the Environ- Council is to unite the people of Arnold to
ment/Beautification Committee. enhance Arnold’s identity as a desirable
community that preserves its rural heritage
and its environment by advocating
Magothy River Association (MRA) responsible growth, linked neighborhoods,
Diane Scherer's report from the February MRA local small businesses, and excellent
meeting included the following: schools."
1. At the MRA public forum, President Paul This will be reviewed at the April APC
Spadaro spoke on the group's five-year plan meeting. Once a Mission Statement has
to restore oysters in the Magothy, along with been adopted, work will begin on formulating
other efforts to improve water quality and a vision statement, goals, and objectives for
restore aquatic grasses. APC.
2. Other speakers addressed such topics as 2. Definition of APC Members: A lively
ongoing efforts to monitor water quality, discussion about potential future members
bacterial contamination, and the consump- of APC brought forth the following
tion of fish. Sally Hornor spoke on the work information: Membership should be opened
of the Magothy River Trust and the recent to residents of Arnold and Arnold businesses
acquisition of a conservation easement for also, with a business having only one vote.
the 400 acre Looper property on the north Institutions such as the YWCA, Anne
bank of the river. Arundel Community College, churches, and
3. A representative from the Chesapeake Bay schools would be encouraged to become
Trust presented the MRA with a $13,000 active members. This topic will be revisited
grant check, which will be used to support in April.
various restoration activities. 3. 1061 B & A Blvd. – "Grass Groomers"
Diane provided a handout summarizing the Property
activities of the MRA. APC has contacted Gail Smith, Community
and Constituent Services Specialist from Ms.
Bylaws Committee Owens' office. She will look into our concern
Ann Fligsten noted that this committee would be about parked vehicles on the site.
called into action once our new Mission 4. Smith Equestrian Center – Lucy Iliff reported
Statement is passed. Sage Mumma, Past on the 2/28/02 hearing before the House
President, is the chair of this committee. Commerce and Government Matters
Committee on House Bill 1181, drafted by
Delegates to Community Organizations Delegates Rzepkowski and Baldwin. The bill
was introduced with the Smith Farm in mind
GSPC - Penny Lord reported on the February but also "(f)or the purpose of requiring
12 GSPC meeting. The main topic of the counties to pay former property owners the
evening was Education, delegates for the Anne difference between the purchase price and
Arundel County School Board Nominating the fair market value for property purchased
Convention, and the issue of the scheduling for by the county when the property is used in a
middle schools students. GSPC passed a manner inconsistent with the purposes for
motion in favor of the 7-period day. which it was conveyed; and generally
relating to property conveyed to a county for
Broadneck Federation - APC is in need of a less than fair market value." The bill and its
member to attend these meetings. amendment would help to save the integrity
of the County's contract with Elizabeth
Gleaves for the Smith Farm. Sage Mumma
UNFINISHED BUSINESS and Lucy Iliff were among those presenting
1. Mission Statement: either written or oral testimony to the
The members reviewed the draft of the committee in support of the bill as amended.
Mission Statement, which had been
developed by the Executive Committee. Mrs. Gleaves may file a lawsuit. Between
After much discussion, the statement was $5,000 to $10,000 will be needed. Anyone
revised to read: wishing to make a pledge toward the lawsuit
expenses should contact Sage Mumma,
Lucy Iliff or Ann Fligsten.
Ann Fligsten announced that APC has been
invited to join the New National Alliance for Zoning Map and Public Testimony
Transportation Alternatives. This group does Information:
training on building coalitions to work on local,
state, and national transportation issues. The zoning map, Bill 03-02, for the
Membership in this alliance would be free to Broadneck area will be included in the
APC. Arnie Dordick moved that APC accept the agenda of the April 1 County Council
invitation to join. The motion was duly seconded meeting. The meeting will begin at 7
and it passed unanimously. Ann will be PM at the Arundel Center. Testimony
attending a training session sponsored by the will be taken and a final vote on the bill
alliance on March 13 . will occur.
Courtney Moen reported that the property owned
by Landmark Corporation, across from the
entrance to Glen Oban, is still for sale by the
owner. It had previously been listed with a series The Executive Committee will meet on March
of local real estate companies. The property is th
27 at 7:30 PM at Ann Fligsten's home.
The property near 1143 B & A Blvd. is also for
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM. The next meeting of APC
will be held on
Sage Mumma, Secretary April 3rd at 7:30 PM
YWCA Building in Arnol