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