NEWS... JANUARY 27 - JANUARY 31, 2014
Emergency medical services extended in Grasonville
Emergency services will be extended at the emergency care facility on Nesbit Road near Grasonville. The University of Maryland Medical System and Shore Health System announced they have agreed to guarantee 24 hour a day, 7 day a week operations until at least March 2023, extending the original deadline by three years. The health system also announced that they will open an outpatient surgery center by the end of this year. The news came from a Jan 24 news release from the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners. There is also a memorandum of understanding that will seek approval for a two-surgery suite facility.
Four stores fined for liquor violations
Four area stores received liquor sales violations at Tuesday night’s Kent Count Commissioners meeting. The stores receiving the violations were Plaza Tapitia, C-town Liquors, and Super Soda Center in Chestertown and the Galena Mini-Mart. All four were cited after an underage police cadet attempted to purchase alcohol at these establishments. First offenders were fined $100 and the second offenders received a $150 fine. Also, the clerks who made the sales, or someone from each store will be required to take a refresher course from county alcoholic beverage inspector Rob Edler.
Kent County may have to pay back part of tax windfall
Also at the Kent County Comissioners meeting, chief finance officer Pat Merritt said that while the county is showing a surplus of $2.56 million, she believes the county was over distributed by over $400,000 and they’ll likely to give some of this back to the state. $37,000 was set aside which is about 2% equaling the average statewide increase. Merritt said that right now expenditures are nearly $600,000 under budget but operating expenses from the water and wastewater plants are higher than expected. This should drop when the county gets the solar generation refund.
Cold weather cited as cause in Kent County home fires
Cold weather has been cited as a factor in two Kent County area fires that killed two family pets. An early Monday morning fire nearly destroyed a home on Broad Neck Road near Chestertown. The Anthony family lost their yellow Labrador retriever in the fire. The fire was accidental and originated in the living room. A fund for the family has been set up at Chesapeake Bank & Trust. A fire on Saturday night on Carroll Clark Road near Galena destroyed a barn that was being used as an animal shelter. The fire was caused by an electrical heater that was keeping two dogs warm. The owner was able to save one of the dogs. There was also a fire Monday morning on American Legion Road near Chestertown where a truck being warmed up in the driveway caught on fire. The truck was destroyed.
Sossi files to run for State Senate seat
On Thursday, former 36th district delegate Dick Sossi filed to run for the 36th district State Senate seat currently held by Steve Hershey. Sossi, who most recently was working as liaison for Congressman Andy Harris, was a two term delegate who lost in a primary to Hershey by 124 votes in 2010. Hershey later was chosen to replace Senator E.J. Pipkin who resigned last year to move to Texas. Sossi said his primary loss to Hershey was seen as a smear campaign and cites his combat experience as a reason for fighting for veterans’ rights. He also cites a lack of mental health facilities on the shore as well as financial concerns of farmers, watermen, and small businesses as campaign issues.
Chestertown mayor seeks public comment on Waterfront Task Force findings
At Monday night’s Chestertown mayor and town council meeting, new mayor Chris Cerino thanked the members of the now defunct Waterfront Task force saying that the work of such volunteers is needed to move the town forward. Cerino added that the fault of the open meetings violations falls on former mayor Margo Bailey and the town council, but the town needs to move forward to make waterfront development a reality by 2016. Cerino called for a special public hearing for the public to comment on the unfinished task force report which will be held on Monday, Feb. 10. Cerino also announced that soon, he wants to initiate monthly public meetings with various members of the business community and to bring in representatives from other towns around the state, like Berlin, to share ideas that have worked for them. Also, Kent County Tourism and Economic Development director Bernadette Bowman addressed the town council about the upcoming War of 1812 events commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle At Caulk’s Field, and the economic benefit that the county and Chestertown will get from the estimated 5,000 visitors. Town councilwoman Linda Kuiper suggested the town contribute $5,000 to the effort, to come out of the town’s hotel tax. The mayor and council agreed in principle, but will address the gift when determining the town’s budget.
Chestertown Rec Committee reports to town council
The Chestertown Recreation Commission will have an open meeting to get feedback from the public. Recreation Commission chair Bill Arrowood addressed the mayor and town council Monday night to report on the commission’s activities and successes from the past year, including the movie nights and the bocce league. Arrowood also addressed his hope for a baseball field in Chestertown, pointing out that Rock Hall has three baseball fields and Betterton, the smallest municipality in the county has one. He said that the home baseball field for Chestertown kids is the one at Worton. The Recreation Commission public meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6pm at Town Hall.
Shooting incident leads to custody for Chester Harbor resident.
A Thursday morning incident put a Chestertown area man into custody. Maryland State Police responded to a home around midnight Thursday on Roundtop Road due to reports of disorderly conduct. The resident reported that he heard people talking outside his home and going around to the back of his house. He told police that he confronted a person in his back yard who said he needed help getting his car out of a ditch. After telling the man he couldn’t help but could call a tow truck, the man started coming closer to him. When the man kept approaching after he was warned to stop, the resident fired a warning shot into the air from his shotgun and the man fled. When police responded they spotted a car stuck in a ditch about 100 yards from the home and the occupant of the car reported knocking on doors and the warning shot. Police then arrested the resident, 41-year-old Shawn Prince and charged him with first degree assault. Police urge residents facing similar circumstances to remain in their home and call 9-1-1 for help.