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House of Delegates member Carter Hickman appeared before the county commissioners on Tuesday to solicit their support and their signatures for a petition to put Senate Bill 5 to referendum in the general election in November.
The commissioners were the first signers for Queen Anne’s County on the petition for SB 5, which is the reapportionment bill that would give Queen Anne’s County a share in two senators along with four other Eastern Shore counties in a proposed 15th District.
This petition is being sponsored by Voters Inc., which is an organization founded for the purpose of seeing the smaller counties get a fair share of reapportionment.
• • • The possibility of a federally funded sewer and water system for the town of Grasonville was broached Thursday in a series of conferences on the Kent Narrows housing situation.
The ray of hope to put an end to the deplorable shantytown at the Narrows was brought out by the Rev. George Packard, president of Episcopal Homes, Inc. in Baltimore, a non-profit group that last month drew up plans for 48 low-rent units and joined with the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners in seeking federal funds to build them.
He said “it might be possible for the town to get a federal grant for water and sewer systems” after the state Health Department vetoed sewage at five proposed building sites.
••• Edgar L. Lane, prominent Queen Anne’s County funeral director, said this week that he will toss his hat into the political ring next week.
He has announced that he would file as a Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates from this county. “I will run independently of any faction — I am going to run for all of the people,” was his statement. It will be the first stirring of the political pot in Queen Anne’s for the upcoming November election.
Mr. Lane is presently serving a six-year term on the Maryland State Athletic Commission and has served as Chief Judge of the Orphans’ Court for four years. “Many people,” he declared, “have told me they want a change. If I am elected, I will do my best to serve all the people, regardless of political party or faction.”
Queen Anne’s County students have shown improvement this year in one of their weakest areas of study — writing — according to school officials.
Preliminary analysis of scores on the Maryland functional tests taken by county ninth graders this fall and spring shows a marked improvement in the number of students with passing writing skills, said William Storage, assistant superintendent of curriculum.
Storage also predicted, however, that when all scores are received and counted, the county could show a decline in passing rates on the mathematics and citizenship tests. He expects the county’s passing rate in reading, which last year was the highest in the state, to remain within or very near the “excellent rating.”
• • • Just days before the final preparations were made to tear down the old jail building on Liberty Street, a committee of 12 Centreville business and professional persons agreed on a design for the building’s replacement.
The committee, in a Saturday workshop with architect Charles E. Anthony, decided that the new building should be a traditional brick building in the Jeffersonian style, centered on the courthouse green.
The members suggested details that would give the building character, such as shutters on the windows, and dormers and chimneys on the roof, said Anthony. “I think it’s going to be a very good fit for the courthouse square,” he said.
• • • The Queen Anne’s County Department of Aging will begin charging a fee for some people to use the county’s three senior citizens centers.
In the past, department officials asked for donations, but now have to charge a fee because of the fiscal crunch. Sue Leager, director of the department, said she expects the revenue to increase under the new policy, but could not say exactly how much it could increase.
Leager proposed another policy that would increase the requested donations for senior citizens using the Department of Aging bus service. The requested donation could jump from 25 cents to 50 cents for roundtrip busing.