MAY 5 - MAY 9
Chestertown Mayor And Council Hear Fountain Park Plans
On Monday night, the Chestertown mayor and town council heard plans for restoration of Fountain Park. The mayor and council heard from frequent users of the park; the Chestertown Garden Club, the artisans market, and the farmer’s market. A representative from the Garden Club talked about their history with the park including the donation of the fountain from the group’s predecessor organization. Another representative from the Garden Club mentioned concern over the loss of grass and also cited narrow walks and poorly defined entrances as contributing to the problem. They also suggested temporarily moving the farmers and artisans markets while repairs are being done, with Park Row, Memorial Park, the Nearly New Shop, or High Street as options. Town manager Bill Ingersoll favors closing off a section of High Street and representatives of both the artisans and farmers markets would accept that option.
Senator Cardin Addresses Conowingo Dam
Concerns over the Conowingo Dam’s impact on the health of the Chesapeake Bay prompted U.S. Ben Cardin to hold a hearing on the impact of the dam. After Monday’s U.S. Senate field hearing, Senator Cardin said that discussions about the Conowingo Dam has reinforced a need to take a comprehensive approach to improve water quality in the bay. Management of the sediment from the dam is currently at issue as the dam’s owner Exelon is seeking renewal of their 46 year permit for operation of the dam. According to the Army Corps Of Engineers, the areas upstream from the dam contribute more sediment flowing into the bay during major storm events than what comes from the reservoir of the dam. Exelon’s permit expires later this year, but will likely be allowed to continue operating under an interim permit while further studies are done.
County Approves Site Plan For Gateway Part
On Thursday, the Kent County Planning Commission approved a preliminary site plan for the Mabel Mumford-Pautz Gateway Park in Chestertown. The 4-3 vote approves the town’s plans for the park on Rt. 20 at Radcliffe Creek which was used as a truck parking lot before the town purchased it in 2010. Among the questions about the project, currently on county land, are its proximity to the floodway of the creek, pedestrian and traffic safety at the park entrance, as well as the boundaries of the property which is disputed by neighbors. One of the planning commissioners asked why the town has not yet annexed the property with Chestertown Town Manager Bill Ingersoll saying that approval from the planning commission would be easier first due to the ancient deeds for the property with boundaries in marshes making them hard to identify. Also, a couple of commissioners expressed concerns from adjacent property that is often used for hunting.
Sophie Kerr Award Finalists Annouced
Washington College has announced the finalists for the 2014 Sophie Kerr Award. The literary prize worth $62,900 is named for a New York based fiction writer and magazine editor and Washington College graduate originally from Denton who left the award as a part of her estate in 1965. The finalists are: Grace Arenas from Baldwin, MD and a graduate of Dulaney High School in Timonium who is the lifestyle editor for the campus newspaper and peer tutor in the Writing Center; Peter Fortenbaugh who is a Chestertown native and Gunston School graduate who has studied abroad in Ecuador and Argentina and spends summers working for furniture artist Vicco Van Voss; Alex Stinton of Whitman, MD and a graduate of St. Michael’s School who came to Washington College on a Sophie Kerr Scholarship and an invitation to join the Presidential Fellows; Kimberly Uslin, a native of New Oxford, PA and a graduate of Delone Catholic High School in McSherrytown where she works as a copy editor for the student newspaper and a writer in the media relations office: and Kay Wicker, a native of Columbia, MD and a graduate of Oakland Mills High School who has worked for the school newspaper serving as editor-in-chief her senior year. The winner will be announced Tuesday evening May 13 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library at 7:30 in Baltimore.