50 YEARS AGO
Chesapeake College, the Eastern Shore’s first community college, will be built almost in the center of the four-county area of Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Talbot.
It was announced this week that the Board of Trustees has options on two pieces of property, consisting of 146 acres located in a “triangle” that is bordered by U.S. Route 50, and Mar yland Routes 662 and 404, just west of the traffic signal at Wye Mills about seven south of Centreville ... in Queen Anne’s County.
The property in question is known as a part of the William H. Fletcher Estate and part of the Hiram B. Hammond Farm. It is hoped the college will be open to students by the fall of 1967.
• • • Contracts to complete the dualization of U.S. Route 301 through Maryland’s Eastern Shore have been awarded by the Maryland State Roads Commission.
At the same time, it was announced that nearly 16 miles of the newly dualized north-south highway would be opened to traffic by the middle of July through Queen Anne’s County.
The highway leading from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has been dual only as far as Queenstown since the bridge was built.
• • • Based upon the recommended standards for healthful housing of the federal and state health departments, the housing in general in the Kent Narrows is unsuitable for human habitation, according to a report received by the county commissioners on the recent Narrows survey.
The purpose of this survey was to determine overall housing quality, the types of problems present, and the extent and intensity of their distribution, whether or not the dwellings are suitable for habitation, and to recommend priorities of action to assist in improving conditions to at least minimum standards.
Two field surveyors studied a total of 164 dwelling units in 80 buildings.
After a series of stormy hearings on the Queen Anne’s County budget proposal and some battles with the board of education recently, the county commissioners adopted a budget last Tuesday that is about $1.4 million more than the current budget.
The $31.8 million budget will allow the new elementary school to open on Kent Island while holding the property tax rate at $2.17, but does not provide enough money for the sheriff’s department to hire six more deputies.
William V. Riggs III, president of the county commissioners, told the county’s department heads earlier Tuesday morning that this was the “most gut-wrenching” budget process he had been through in his six years as commissioner.
• • • The Church Hill town commissioners passed a 16-cent property tax increase last Monday that raised the current tax rate from 69 cents to 85 cents.
The commissioners adopted the budget with the 16-cent tax hike after the county commissioners shot down a three-cent property tax increase proposal and instead imposed a $25 permit fee to dump trash at the county’s transfer stations.
“We had choice. We had to do it,” said Commissioner Margaret Embert of the property tax increase. The commissioners had studied other options but a tax hike seemed to be the most reasonable option. “It was either that or we wouldn’t have the money to pay the bill,” she said.
• • • Sixty grams of crack cocaine valued at nearly $7,000 was seized Thursday night in what police say is the largest quantity of crack cocaine ever seized in Queen Anne’s County.
The Queen Anne’s and Caroline County Drug Task Force [was] conducting a three-week surveillance of the Chesapeake Motel located on Route 50 in Grasonville.
“The citizens have helped immensely and that’s how we’ve been making all these arrests,” said an undercover officer involved in Thursday night’s arrests.