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. 10 No. 2 March 11, 2009
The next APC meeting will be on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 at 7:30 PM
Chesapeake Academy Conference Room, 1185 Baltimore & Annapolis Blvd, Arnold
Inclement weather and APC meetings: If schools are closed or close early, APC’s meeting will be cancelled.
Audit for 2008
Contact www.preservearnold.org to receive newsletter by
email. Sue Riciardi and Ed Parker completed the audit of the
2008 bank accounts and everything was in order;
although, there was a $40 discrepancy in our favor
ANNOUNCEMENTS/CALENDAR which those present agreed was alright.
Greater Severna Park Earth Day Exposition will be held APC received a grant to develop a G.A.N. website for
Saturday, April 18, 2009, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at St. Martin’s $10,000 on 7/10/2009 which was deposited in the APC
in the Field Church & Day School, 375 Benfield Road. checking account in August. As of 12/31/08, $3,566 has
APC will have a table with information on the Jordan been spent leaving $6,434 remaining in designated
property. We need volunteers for a couple of hours at a funds. Any future monthly financial status reports should
time. Please call Sue @ 410-626-7119. report the status of this grant.
General Development Plan Estimated Schedule 4/13 – APC has three types of cash assets with PNC Bank:
SAC meeting to discuss “final” staff GDP. 4/27 – SAC
meeting and vote on THE SAC REPORT to PAB Checking – 0008 Balance as of 12/31/08: $7,643 of
which $6,434 is grant money leaving $1209.71 for APC
to spend on legitimate expenses.
April 7 , 11:00 County Council Chambers. Hearing on Money Market 8599 Balance as of 12/31/08:
Forthofer property, 1584 Ritchie Highway, rezoning $737.56
request from R1 to C1
CD – 9148 Balance as of 3/02/09: $4,060.39 It had
May 16 – ASPIRE & Severna Park Chamber of a value of $4,000 when it was rolled over in May ’08,
Commerce presenting Capitol Steps at Severna Park and a balance of $4,030.61 at the end of its duration in
High School – www.severnaparkaspire.org September ’08. It was reinvested for one year until
September 9, 2009.
May 16 – Bikes for the World Donation Event at Pedal
Pushers in Severna Park APC has a total of $6,007.55 in unobligated funds.
The meeting was called to order by Sue Freeman on 11 The next treasurer should submit a brief written report at
March 2009 at 7:30 PM. each regular meeting stating the status of each cash
asset and any grants.
Secretary’s Report - Lucy Iliff
Because of the amount of money involved, all monies
The Minutes of the January meeting were approved as related to the Jordan property should be in a separate
written in the newsletter. checking account. The G.A.N money should also be in a
TREASURER - Carolyn Bialousz
Eric Weilminster has resigned as treasurer. He will
remain on our Board. Darryl Hodge made a motion to
vote Carolyn onto our board and in as our new
treasurer. Lucy Iliff seconded the motion, and the PRESIDENT – Sue Freeman
motion passed unanimously.
Sue welcomed everyone and introduced Jack Neil who Pre-order rain barrels for a $20 discount. Forms at
gave a talk on saving the Spriggs property on the www.gspwag.org. For more information: Call 410-647-
Magothy – one of the last very few open space pieces of 3900 or visit www.gspwag.org
land left on the Broadneck peninsula – from .
GROWTH ACTION NETWORK OF A.A. COUNTY
Spriggs Property Presentation (GAN) – Report courtesy of Ann Fligsten.
The Spriggs property consists of 54 acres, most of which
Meetings are being held by GA to determine the 3-4
are in the critical areas. Separated by the road is a small
most important issues GA can take on in the next 3-5
amount of acreage which can be developed as a
years. This is a great time to look at this question, as the
separate parcel. There is an 1890 Farmhouse which is
General Development Plan will be coming before the
not registered as an historic house but there is some
County Council for amendment and adoption followed
question as to saving it as one.
by zoning changes and other changes in the way
subdivisions are planned and reviewed.
The property is surrounded by Ulmstead Estates,
Bayberry, and the Stonnington communities. All these
We encourage all APC members to go on the Growth
communities would like to see the property saved as
Action website-growthaction.net and join Growth Action
open space. So far a strong effort has been made to Network!
procure funding to buy the property to save it as open
space. Contact has been made with various One of the clear goals of GA is to make the
conservation organizations, The Trust for Public Lands, development of land in Anne Arundel County a more
foundations, County Parks and Recreation, Senator Ben transparent process with enhanced citizen input.
Cardin, Biophilia, and community organizations such as
APC. GAN is seeking funding to allow full or part-time staffing.
Your donations to APC earmarked for Growth Action will
No vote was taken on APC’s support but generally APC be appreciated! Questions call me at 410-544-1454.
does support saving open space on the Broadneck.
Those interested in finding out more information about
the Sprigs Farm cause can log onto Jordan Property/Arnold Trail Park
On March 26 at the Community College at 10:00 there
will be a meeting to spearhead the start of the
Arnold Maryland Little Post Office That Grew fundraising campaign for purchasing the Jordan
presentation by Alberta Stornetta property. Anyone interested on being on the committee
is welcome to come.
Alberta gave her entertaining power point presentation
of the history of Arnold. Those present were interested
to see the evolution of Arnold from a rural, truck farming DELEGATES TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
community to the residential, bedroom community of
today. There were many pictures of people we know and SEVERN RIVER ASSOCIATION – Pat Lynch
also of buildings such as the original post office that
have been replaced by the ones we use today. The talk The next SRA meeting is scheduled for March 17 at
ended with Alberta’s rousing Arnold School Fight song. 7:00PM at the Calvary Methodist Church, 301 Rowe
Blvd. in Annapolis. Issues and concerns re: the Severn
River will be discussed.
STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
At the February meeting, (former) Senator Gerald
ENVIRONMENT/BEAUTIFICATION Winegrad spoke on "Save Our Severn" providing a full
house of interested participants with facts on the
GREATER SEVERNA PARK WATER ACTION GROUP deplorable state of our river. Senator Winegrad
(GSPWAG) – Report courtesy of Sage Mumma. presented documentation that quantified the extreme
harm done to the watershed and river by chemical and
Greater Severna Park Earth Day Exposition will be held waste runoff primarily from agricultural properties
Saturday, April 18, 2009, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at St. Martin’s located on the River and the Bay. Photos and medical
–in-the-field Church & Day School, 375 Benfield Rd., histories were provided on citizens who had been
Severna Park, MD infected by bacteria thriving in the Severn with some
victims hospitalized for long
There will be demonstrations, exhibits, children’s periods. He presented a
activities and a LUNCH fundraiser for the Church and challenge to all to get actively involved with the fight to
School by the Men of St. Martin’s. Bring your cans and save the river with emphasis on contacting our elected
bottles for recycling. officials to pursue resolutions on agricultural pollution
and stormwater runoff that will continue to pollute and
choke the waterways leading to further destruction of
year. Other speakers covered such topics as land
On April 4th there will be a "2009 Project Clean Stream" preservation and the new Creek Watchers program.
for the Severn River supporters to provide labor to clean
up a ravine off Indian Landing Road in Crownsville. The Magothy River is one of two recipients of a multi-
million dollar grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust
A letter was sent to Governor O'Malley in support of the Fund. The Department of Public Works will coordinate a
Sullivan Cove Community Association and their efforts three-year restoration project focused on Cypress, Mill
to block the construction of two piers into the Severn and Dividing creeks.
through environmentally sensitive
waters. The SRA will continue to support this effort. In mid-February a judge in the County Circuit Court
upheld the Board of Appeals' decision that gives
THE BROADNECK COUNCIL OF COMMUNITIES - retroactive approvals for Daryl Wagner to keep the
Pat Lynch home he built without permits on Little Island. Further
appeals by the Critical Area Commission, CBF and the
The BCC has accepted responsibility for the MRA seem likely.
representation of the Broadneck area of Annapolis on
the AA County Planning and Zoning's Special Advisory In the Dobbins Island public use case, both sides have
Committee (SAC) providing citizens' input for the exchanged depositions and interrogatories. A
General Development Plan. Bill Nevel, a BCC Board recent court-mandated arbitration failed to reach a
Director, who has extensive experience in both public compromise. An expert witness is scheduled to provide
and private sector planning, was the official a deposition on the issue of determining mean high
representation to the SAC. water in early March. A mandatory pretrial and
settlement conference before a judge in the Circuit Court
The BCC submitted comments to the County on is scheduled for April 28.
February 27th, that represented input from citizens in
the Broadneck (Arnold) area of Annapolis. The BCC
Board also met personally with John Leopold, County
Executive, prior to submission of our comments, to
review the key elements of our citizens' input. We have
also met with several members of the District 30
Delegation and have provided copies of the The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 PM. The next
decumentation to both State and County Officials. general meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 13 at
7:30 at the Chesapeake Academy.
Of key importance is: 1) Maintaining the integrity of the
Small Area Plans, 2) Restoration and Conservation of Lucy Iliff, Recording Secretary
our rural properties 3) Enforcement of the GDP
principles and guidelines, 4) Improvements to the traffic 2009 APC Meeting Calendar
and transportation issues facing residents of Broadneck th
and 5) Environment safeguards to improve and protect Next Meeting: May 13 , 2009
our Bay and watershed.
The BCC will continue to work with the County on the Chesapeake Academy Conference Room
further responsibilities of the GDP approvals. 1185 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Arnold, MD
2009 Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days
MAGOTHY RIVER ASSOCIATION (MRA) – Report
courtesy of Diane Scherer. DATE LOCATION
Glen Burnie Convenience Center
In late January the MRA held a watershed 4/4/09 100 Dover Road
Glen Burnie, Maryland
conference/workshop at the Gibson Island County
School. Over 100 participants attended the two-day
Millersville Landfill & Resource Recovery
event, which included speakers from such organizations
5/16/09 Facility, 389 Burns Crossing Road, Severn,
as the Critical Area Commission, Planning & Zoning and
the Department of Natural Resources. Topics ranged
from storm water management to zoning regulations.
Discussion groups became the basis of new Glen Burnie Convenience Center
committees, which will help direct preservation and 6/20/09 100 Dover Road
Glen Burnie, Maryland
restoration efforts in the watershed.
Millersville Landfill & Resource Recovery
The annual State of the Magothy was held in mid- 7/25/09 Facility, 389 Burns Crossing Road, Severn,
February at the community college. As in previous Maryland
years, biologist Peter Bergstrom presented data on
Sudley Convenience Center
underwater grasses, dissolved oxygen and water
clarity. Dr. Bergstrom determined that the river's overall
health in 2008 was 30%, down from 42% the previous
5400 Nutwell Sudley Road, Deale, Maryland
Glen Burnie Convenience Center
10/17/09 100 Dover Road
Glen Burnie, Maryland
11/14/09 Millersville Landfill & Resource Recovery
Facility, 389 Burns Crossing Road, Severn,
Drop-off hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
E-cycling can be done at any time, as there are
permanent e-cycling areas at all of the 3 of the County
centers listed above
For questions and comments on household hazardous
waste drop-off days call (410) 222-7951 or go to the