25 YEARS AGO
Last week’s heavy rains brought a sigh of relief to a few farmers in Queen Anne’s County. But farmer Jeff Clark, who stands to lose as much as 80 acres of corn out of 140 affected by the drought, said the rains are just too little and too late.
University of Maryland Agriculture Extension Agent Paul Gunther said that Clark isn’t the only one suffering. “We are predicting a 34 percent loss this year,” he said. He said Church Hill is the worst area.
Farmers here can’t receive any disaster aid because they are only 6 percent short of the state’s 40 percent minimum level of loss to qualify for state aid. Gunther said the recent rains are only a cosmetic improvement.
••• Because one Queen Anne’s County department spent very little of its budget during the first 11 months of last fiscal year, the county commissioners are wondering whether other departments need all of the money for which they are budgeted.
By the end of May, 43 of those departments had only spent an average of about 75 percent of their total budget with less than a month remaining in the budget year. Five other departments had already overspent their budgets.
Most county department heads are now working with the same amount of money they had this time last year, and all employees, as well as county teachers, are not expecting to see a pay raise this year because of the recession.
• • • The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners approved a new trash fee last Tuesday that will allow county residents to dump their garbage only when needed.
Homeowners will now have the option of paying a $3 fee each time they drop off their trash, according to Gary Trouba, director of the county’ solid waste department. Commercial vehicles, such as landscapers, will be charged $10 each time they drop off trash.
The new fees are necessary because the county is faced with hauling trash to the new landfill in Easton for the first time, which is expected to cost the county about $250,000 a year in dumping fees, county officials have maintained.