Solomons talks devel­op­ment, fire­house plans, more

Civic as­so­ci­a­tion dis­cusses projects

The Calvert Recorder - - News - By TYLER DIDRA Spe­cial to The Calvert Recorder

Pro­posed changes in the draft Calvert County com­pre­hen­sive plan up­date for 2040 in­clude word­ing that could al­low for ex­tend­ing the Solomons and Lusby town cen­ters along Dow­ell Road. The new changes, which could in­crease the town cen­ters by 300 acres, were one of sev­eral dis­cus­sion items on the agenda at the Solomons Civic As­so­ci­a­tion’s quar­terly meet­ing Mon­day.

The cur­rent draft of the plan, which has yet to be for­mally ap­proved by the county com­mis­sion­ers, al­lows for new com­mer­cial devel­op­ment along Dow­ell Road that could con­nect the two town cen­ters.

“There are plenty of places to find in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing read­ing the master plan your­self,” said Ted Haynie, the newly elected pres­i­dent of the Solomons Civic As­so­ci­a­tion, who ran an un­suc­cess­ful bid for com­mis­sioner in the June 2018 pri­mary elec­tion.

The civic as­so­ci­a­tion also dis­cussed the plans for ren­o­va­tions at the Calvert Ma­rine Mu­seum, an up­date on the un­der­ground wiring plan based on a re­port from South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive, the fu­ture of the Solomons Vol­un­teer Res­cue Squad and Fire Depart­ment and prob­lems con­cern­ing the speed of driv­ers on Solomons Is­land.

The Calvert Ma­rine Mu­seum will re­open to the pub­lic in March, al­though its cur­rent project is not sched­uled for com­ple­tion un­til later that spring. Sher­rod Stur­rock, the di­rec­tor of the Calvert Ma­rine Mu­seum, said the mu­seum houses about 6,000 stu­dents ev­ery year and hosts many year-round pro­grams that the build­ing does not presently have ad­e­quate space for. The cur­rent project will in­crease ed­u­ca­tional space, and it will pro­vide more stor­age and of­fice space for em­ploy­ees.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Tom Den­ni­son, SMECO’s govern­ment and pub­lic af­fairs man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, there has been “sig­nif­i­cant progress with Calvert County zon­ing and pub­lic works.” Draw­ings have been ap­proved, but ac­cord­ing to Haynie, the fi­nal util­ity con­struc­tion per­mit re­quires ease­ments from own­ers on Solomons Is­land Road for the un­der­ground wiring project to con­tinue.

The fire depart­ment in Solomons is also in the process of de­cid­ing whether to stay in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion or move to a lo­ca­tion closer to Lusby. Ac- cord­ing to Haynie, the move would be based on the fact that the sta­tion re­ceives more calls from Lusby than it does from Solomons. The county has re­quested $1 mil­lion in bond­ing au­thor­ity for fis­cal 2020 to pur­chase land for a new or ad­di­tional fa­cil­ity.

The fire depart­ment’s pres­i­dent, John Par­doe Jr., con­firmed with The Calvert Recorder no fi­nal de­ci­sions have yet been made.

As far as traf­fic con­cerns, Jean McDougall, sec­re­tary of the Solomons Civic As­so­ci­a­tion, re­quested pro­tec­tive mea­sures and sig­nage from county high­way main­te­nance staff to pro­tect pedes­tri­ans in Solomons Is­land. Two signs will be added to Solomons Is­land Road, one on the north­bound side and the other on the south­bound side, to alert driv­ers that bi­cy­clists are al­lowed to use the full road. Ad­di­tion­ally, a radar speed sign will be put at the en­trance of Solomons Is­land to show driv­ers how fast they are mov­ing.

The next Solomons Civic As­so­ci­a­tion meet­ing is sched­uled for Mon­day, April 8. All mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are wel­come to at­tend. The meet­ing place has not yet been de­ter­mined.

PHOTO BY TYLER DIDRA

Ted Haynie, pres­i­dent of the Solomons Civic As­so­ci­a­tion, presents new plans for the south­ern Calvert com­mu­nity dur­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s quar­terly meet­ing Jan. 7.

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