From the past

Nathan Moore, developer of the Kent Island Industrial Park, appeared before the Queen Anne’s County Planning and Zoning Board last week to discuss zoning violations at his airport on Kent Island.

Morris contends that the airport is a commercial airport and was planned as a general aviation airport from its inception in March 1966. The zoning board says the airport is being operated in violation of regulations governing M-1 zoning regulations.

The zoning board told Morris that all zoning applications made in connection with establishment of the airport called for it to be an “accessory” to the industrial park. Morris asked what steps can be taken to eliminate the violations.

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Stockholders of the Tidewater Bank in Stevensville have given overwhelming approval to plans for merger with the Equitable Trust Company of Baltimore. Officials of the bank announced Tuesday that the special stockholders meeting held for the purpose of considering the proposal, 10,748 shares — representing 96 percent of the outstanding stock — had been voted in favor of the merger. It was also announced that there were no dissenting votes.

The proposal has already been approved by the board of directors of the Equitable Company. The action of the stockholders at Tuesday’s meeting clears the way for final action by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which insures the

accounts of both institutions, and by the State Banking Commission.

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The County Roads Board accepted 11 new roads into the county roads system Tuesday morning. All but two of the roads have been built up to county standards and will involve no initial costs to the county.

The improved roads which will now be maintained by the county include a one-tenth mile of Skipper Lane at Kingstown; 660 feet of Fey Road at Kingstown; Cecil Road at Harborview; Wilson Road, one quarter mile off Route 18 in Grasonville; a 1,800-foot road in the Bay Bridge Industrial Center; a 700-foot road at Scottown and three others in the Drummer Development at Grasonville; and Recovery Drive East and West at Wright’s Neck.

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Dallas F. Reece Jr., of Barclay, and six other Maryland Natural Resources law enforcement officers were graduated from the Marine Police Academy at Matapeake, on Friday, Dec. 11.

J. Millard Tawes, secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and former governor, delivered the graduation address. He said that the concept of coordination between the wildlife and marine units is working.

Determined to save money on their new high school, the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education is hiring a construction manager to oversee the project. The school board hired Donohoe Construction Company of Washington, D.C., for $890,000. The cost of the service is four percent of the total cost of the project, which totals $17.5 million.

“This system has produced buildings faster, with more quality, and more cost-effectiveness,” said Steve Parker, the school architect. Parker said construction management is the new method of building schools. Instead of hiring a contractor after the planning and designing has been completed, a contractor will be on hand in those early stages.

The most important plus, Parker said, is keeping construction — which begins in the spring of 1996 — on schedule. Donohoe guarantees the school will be completed in 21 months or by June 1998.

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The Queen Anne’s County Free Library will soon complete a milestone project pushing it into the computer age with the latest high tech automation system to provide a higher quality of service to patrons. The library hopes to “go online” in early 1996. The system will be similar to ones in Talbot, Howard, and Carroll counties.

Library officials hailed the year-long project as the greatest single advancement in faster, more efficient service to the public in the 90-year history of the county’s free library system.

The familiar card catalog, a standard in the library for the past half-century, will become extinct and the new, modern computers will allow a communications system between the holdings of the library in Centreville and the branch on Kent Island, plus give a quicker access to the collections in both places.

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If public school bus drivers are caught drinking on the job, they could lose their right to drive a school bus for a decade. That’s the punishment under the new alcohol testing program beginning January 1, 1996.

As an added component to the school system’s drug testing policy, bus drivers will be selected randomly each month to undergo alcohol testing. The drivers will be given a two-hour notice before they have to submit to a test to determine whether they have been drinking.

Four or five names will be selected randomly each month, according to the policy. On the day of a test, the drivers will be notified before or after completing their bus routes. Drivers also will be subject to drug and alcohol testing following accidents and on the basis of reasonable suspicion.

A driver who refuses to be tested will be treated the same as if he or she had an 0.04 alcohol level, the policy states. That driver will be dismissed and lose the license to drive a bus for 10 years.

Compiled by Jack Shaum from Record-Observer archives.

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