SRA Board Meeting Minutes
2007 March 20
Meeting called to order at 7:06 P.M. by president Thistle Cone
Saefern Proposal: A vote was held on the letter to the Chesapeake Rivers Association in support of the Costal Plain Outfall project for the community of Saefern. The letter was approved unanimously.
Nominating Committee: The proposed nominating committee consists of Bob vom Saal, Pat Lynch, Sally Hornor, and Charlotte Lubbert.
Three Strategic planning meetings have been scheduled:
March 25, 1-3 PM @ Kurt Riegel’s House
April 3, 7-9 PM @ Bob Whitcomb’s House
April 12, 7-9 PM. Location TBA
March 31, Jabez Branch cleanup, organized by Bob Whitcomb
April 17, 7 PM. SRA meeting, speaker Michael Furbish, on Green Building.
April 21, 9 AM – Noon. Chesapeake Ecology Center, “Earth Day/Greenscapes Day”. SRA sponsored raingarden and other gardens will be tended and mulched. Snacks will be provided.
“Proposed New Member get-together” date to be determined.
Walter Jacobs, who has been promoting a memorial tree planting project, showed the Magothy River Land Trust Looper property placque, which will commemorate a tree planting and burial of cremated remains.
Speaker, Jamie Benoit, newly elected Anne Arundel County Councilman for the 4th District. Introduced by Scott Hymes and Anne Pearson.
He gave an informal presentation on a variety of subjects, and answered questions from the attendees. Topics covered included:
The Naval Academy Dairy Farm, which the County has proposed to lease, and maintain its agricultural nature. A solar energy farm is also envisioned for a portion of the 900 acre site. The proposal includes a yearly payment to the Academy of $250,000, partly from farm income, but subsidized by the County.
Environmental Legislation introduced or in planning.
§ To eject people from illegally permitted structures (not passed in original form, will be resubmitted)
§ To prohibit developers from receiving permits when in violation for another permit.
§ To permit developers to use bioretentive swales instead of curbing gutters to prevent runoff.
§ Changing statutes for impervious surface reduction from 20% to 50%
§ Increase buffer distance on steep waterfront slopes.
Wal-Mart – He would be in favor of legislation limiting the footprint of “big box” stores.
His opposition to the Chesapeake Terrace Landfill proposal. This 481-acre site would be the largest rubblefill ever in Maryland, and result in significant traffic disruption as well as environmental concerns.
Impact of construction on Maynadier Creek. A private school, Rockbridge Academy, has purchased 150 acres, of which approximately 10% will be developed. The main concern seems to be impact on traffic, rather than environmental concerns, but this will be monitored as plans progress.
Crownsville Hospital. The facility has many environmental problems, including asbestos, sewage and oil. Mr. Benoit feels that the cost of the cleanup, as determined by the 2nd phase of the environmental study, will have an impact on the ultimate use of the property. A large cleanup expense will likely lead to the decision to include income-producing facilities in the development.
Stormwater Management Issue. He is in favor of comprehensive low impact designs, and is “feeling his way” now to test the boundaries of acceptance of legislation. Anne Pearson noted that she has testified in the senate on stormwater management and the stormwater code will be revised.
Councilman Benoit was presented with a Severn River Association hat, and the thanks of the attendees, and the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM by President Cone.
Addendum - Anne Pearson's Summary of the Jamie Benoit talk:
JAMIE BENOIT, Anne Arundel County Councilman, 4th District spoke to Severn River Association March 20 at 7:00, part of an on-going Speaker Series.
Benoit has a long list of requirements he would like to see introduced as a Bill if the Administration is favorable.
Benoit discussed other possible legislation such as:
(Revised March 2007)