Association Update – March 28, 2019

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION, INC.
UPDATE – MARCH 28, 2019

1. Road Maintenance – The unusually wet weather of the past year continues to take a toll on our roads.  Even with the roadwork performed in December we will again need to have the contractor come in late spring and do some more work.  In the mean time, Matt Lehtonen will continue to work on the potholes.

2. Legal – We have had a busy winter and I am pleased to advise that the States highest court has upheld the trial courts decision (September 2018) that the Association can legally enforce the covenant road maintenance fee (CRMF), adjusted for inflation.  This means the “sum equal to $5” referenced in everyones deed(s) can be increased for inflation.  

3. Spring Association Meeting – Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10 AM to 12 noon at the Southern Community Center in Lusby.  You will be receiving further information in mid-April. 

4. Beach Clean Up – The annual beach clean up will be held on May 18 starting at 1 PM.   If you are interested in helping out and getting the beach looking good, please drop me an email and we will put you on the list. As time gets closer well get in contact with you about specifics.  

Paul Plattner
President

Public Hearing Set for Calvert County Planning Commission’s Recommended Comprehensive Plan

The Calvert County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. to consider and receive comments on its recommended Calvert County…… Read on

Public Hearing on Calvert County Comprehensive Plan

Public Hearing: Calvert County Comprehensive Plan Approval
Tuesday, February 26, 7pm

Calvert Pines Senior Center
450 West Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

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Please read the email (below) from Association member June Sevilla.  I plan to attend this important meeting and urge our residents to do the same.

Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.

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> From: J Sevilla <qmakeda444@gmail.com>
> Subject: Important info and additional links to Feb 26 Public hearing on Calvert County Comprehensive Plan
> Date: February 9, 2019 at 2:08:39 PM EST

http://www.calvertcountymd.gov/FutureCalvert

You may or may not have seen this, but thought these links I got from Calvert County today will be helpful in preparing for this most important public hearing which impacts us all, especially the new Septic Law and the County Commissioners asking for PFA state funding for development of Dominion’s property as well as Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. Fuzzy as to what is involved and why are these two behemoth businesses included as Priority Funding Areas (PFA’s) as if in same category as residents seems questionable. Of specific interest is Cove Point Park where the land legally belongs to Dominion and to the best of my recollection, the County is “leasing” the land. Cove Point Park was built on our tax dollars, but as part of Dominion’s Refinery and Liquefaction project, the County recently connected Dominion’s water and sewer to this Park so Dominion could utilize Solomons Waste Water Treatment Plant for dumping their toxic condensates (high volume of 10,000 gallons per day) instead of their decades of previous practice of dumping untreated toxic condensates to Cove Point Marsh. The way this sweetheart deal was handled included “Area A” (Cove Point Rd intersection with Rte 2/4) which was Dominion’s Laydown Area for Equipment, warehouses and shuttle buses for workers. “Area A” has now become a designated, but undeveloped “park” for the County as we accurately predicted. Dominion wants to expand their refinery and liquefaction footprint into Cove Point Park so Dominion exchanged their development of Area A for access to their land (Cove Point Park). However, Cove Point Park is already well developed and it would take so much more tax dollars to develop “Area A” to become a true park like Cove Point Park. So this recent maneuver was good for Dominion’s expansion plans and a big loss for Calvert County and MD State taxpayers. Attached is a Word doc which provides a quick preview of highlights of the County’s Comprehensive Plan, specifically on Septic law and PFA’s. Your input during the Public hearing is most critical for bringing out the truth. Our vigilant efforts and participation in hearings and County Commissioner meetings have had a positive impact and bringing out the truth is helpful for our health and protection so we keep politicians and business deals in check, but it takes continued vigilant oversight and active involvement on our part. Incidentally, the sweetheart deal the County covertly made with Dominion of $40 Million payment in lieu of taxes went mostly to the County’s Retirement Fund. These are a matter of public record. CCNPP/nuke payments of this nature are also in County records so these can be verified.

http://www.calvertcountymd.gov/FutureCalvert

> Thank you for keeping up the good work and we must look out for ourselves since politics and businesses make strange bedfellows.

> June

Maryland Department of Environment

Several Cove Point Beach residents recently received an undated letter from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) seeking approval to come on the property owners land to “conduct an assessment to identify and evaluate factors influencing the sanitary quality of Maryland’s shellfish growing waters.”

CPBA Board Member, Carol Booker, contacted the contact person listed on the letter. He is a member of the department’s shellfish team, which tests the bay waters for bacteria, usually taking samples from a boat. However, every 12 years, they are required to do a statewide shoreline survey. A team of 15 staff surveyors is now conducting a voluntary, visual survey of waterfront properties from Cove Point north to St. Leonard.

They sent the letters prior to conducting the survey because our community has a number of “No Trespassing” signs in various places. Starting on Friday, Feb. 8, they will knock twice on a door and if someone answers and is willing to answer a few questions (it is all voluntary), they will be asked:

– How old is your septic system?
– When was it last pumped?
– Do you have any outdoor pets (dogs/cats)? (There was one community in which a property owner had a lot of dogs outside and did not clean up their droppings; the surveyor reported it to the county. The MDE team itself has no enforcement power.)

The surveyor will not examine your septic system unless you ask him to do so. He will only look around at visible conditions on the property, including any standing water which may be coming from the septic system.

If a problem is identified, it will be reported to Calvert County. If there is a problem with the septic system, the surveyor will fill out a form to submit to the county. He will ask the property owner to sign it, but that is voluntary.

The Dominion LNG plant is among the properties on this survey.

It was emphasized that this is a routine event and cooperation is completely voluntary.

If you received a letter and have questions, you need to contact Mr. Adam Wose, Maryland Department of Environment at 410-960-7091.

Thank you,
Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.

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Association Update – December 31, 2018

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION, INC.
UPDATE – DECEMBER 31, 2018

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish everyone good health for the new year and hope your holidays were enjoyable.  Here’s a brief end-of-the-year update:

1.  Road Work:  The week before Christmas, during a brief break from the rain, we had road work performed on the beach side of Poplar Drive as well as had all the entrance ways leading off of Lighthouse Blvd. to the various cross streets reworked and pot holes filled in, etc.  Additionally, Board Member Matt Lehtonen is in the process of filing those pesky pot holes on the side streets.

2.  Dues Collections:  Since the Annual Meeting in August, Board Members Carol Booker, Larry Hultberg, Trish David and I have worked aggressively to collect outstanding 2018 dues as well as collecting dues for 2015, 2016 and 2017.  I am pleased to announce that we have been successful in reducing our 2018 delinquency rate to 10 percent, from 42 outstanding property owners down to 17.  This is the lowest delinquency rate on record!

This year, we have collected over $6,200 in outstanding dues for this same four-year period.  Part of this success is due to the fact that we continue to file suit in Maryland Small Claims Court.  Over the past 45-days, we have filed 11 suits totaling over $9,000 in delinquent fees. We have already settled out-of-court with four property owners and collected over $2,200.  For those that still have not payed, we have trial dates scheduled for January thru March 2019; we also anticipate filing additional suits in the spring.

3.  Audit Committee:  Again this year, Ted Hernandez will be conducting the 2018 audit in March.  We are looking for two volunteers to review the draft audit report prior to being submitted to the membership for approval.  If you are interested in participating, please contact me.

4.  May Membership Meeting – Mark your calendars for the next membership meeting which is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019 starting at 10 am.  More information to follow.

Again, happy New Year!

Paul Plattner
President

Member Directory Update Available

The October 2018 update of the Member Directory is now available!

Click on the Association tab above and select “Phone Book”. The document is password protected. If you need the password, please contact Larry Hultberg at vp@covepointbeach.com.

Association Update – October 11, 2018

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION, INC.
UPDATE – OCTOBER 11, 2018

Road Repairs – We are obtaining an estimate to do some road repairs this fall and depending on the cost we hope to get repairs started in November, weather permitting.  In the mean time, board member Matt Lehtonen continues to fill the potholes that develop…thanks Matt!  

2018 Association Dues – Since the August Association meeting, we have collected dues from an additional 10 property owners, but there are still 30+ owners who have not.  If you have not yet paid your annual dues, please do so now.  We need all property owners to pay their dues; if not, we’re forced to take legal action in small claims court. 

2018 Audit Committee – Resident Ted Hernandez has again agreed to lead our Audit Committee.  The calendar year 2018 audit will be performed in early March 2019 and we are looking for one new member for the committee.  If you are interested, please let me know as soon as possible. 

Tree Cutting – If you are planning to have a tree cut (a county permit is required) you may want to contact Kelly’s Tree and Lawn Service in Dunkirk.  They have performed work for the Association and for me personally and they do good work. Contact Kelly, the estimator, at 301-855-4268 and tell him you are a Cove Point Beach resident and you’ll likely get a discount.

Prescription Medication Take Back Day – Calvert County will be holding a “no questions asked” prescription medication take-back on Saturday, October 27 between 10 am and 2 pm.  The closest locations are:  the Southern Community Center in Lusby, the Calvert County Sherriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police Barracks, both in Prince Frederick. 

Stay dry.

Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc

Association Update – September 23, 2018

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION, INC.

UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 

Mosquitos – If you’ve been around Cove Point this week you no doubt have experienced the mosquito problem.  Earlier in the week Trish David contacted the county as they perform the spraying for us.  They confirmed that they sprayed on Tuesday, September 18 and will spray again this coming week.  Hopefully we will see some improvement.

Yard Sale – The Cove Point yard is scheduled for this Saturday, September 29 starting at 9 am.  If you have not yet signed up, drop me an email by Thursday and you’ll be added to the list. The following residents have signed up: 

Mary Kreh                                     3112 Lighthouse
Valerie Miller                                 3116 Lighthouse
Jean Maliuat                                  Corner of Lighthouse and Poplar
Ted Hernandez                              11004 Holly
Kathy Notaro                                 10978 Cedar
Fay Fratz                                      11006 Elm
Eric & Kim Zabiegalski                   3168 Calvert

Stay dry!

Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.