Great News! The building permit for the Peerless Road CAFO expired on Nov. 30, 2018. It appears that the owner has abandoned his plan to build a CAFO on this property. If the property owner decides to try again to build a CAFO on this lot, they would need to obtain all new permits which would be subject to more restrictive zoning regulations introduced by the county in 2017.
We will have a meeting in January so that we can all "toast" our successful efforts to stop this particular CAFO from being built. At that time we would like to talk about where the Protectors of the St. Martin River would like to go from here. There are possibilities of changing the CAFO permitting process, looking to further improve the quality of the St. Martin River, coordinating with other groups on the eastern shore and pursuing legislation affecting our air and water.
We have raised $3080.00 to fund any actions we might have needed to take in opposition to this CAFO. We have spent $496.18 to take out ads in the local papers, pay for our P.O. Box and other minor activities. This leaves us a balance of $2583.82, which is not insignificant and we need to decide what to do with this money? We will address this in a future email and at our meeting in January.
In the meantime, thank you to everyone for all your efforts on this -- from letters and emails you wrote, to meetings you attended, to keeping this proposed CAFO both in the newspapers and conversations with your neighbors. This success is a result of all of us working together and making a difference!
Protectors of the St Martin River
St Martins by the Bay Home Owners Association
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 10 am
At the Ocean Pines Library
Board Meeting Agenda
1. Call to order: Jack
2. Secretary's Report: Janie
Please read the August minutes. Adjustments can be made, however to save time they will not be read out loud prior to approval.
3. Treasurer's Report: Barry
a. General Account
b. Dock Account
c. 2018 HOA dues status
4. Legal update on delinquent accounts: Jack
5. Boat Dock Issues: Jack/Craig
Replacing the center dock portion.
6. Grass & Trees: Ideas/estimates for 2019.
7. Pool: Jack/Janie
Painting, replacing sinks and toilets.
8. Security, lights, cameras for pool, dumpsters, boat storage area, dock: Jack
9. County Water Update: Jack
10. Warehouse Update: Jack
Clean out and drainage.
11. Parking lot bumpers: Buddy
12. Prohibiting golf carts in the wildlife proper area: Janie
13. Burn Pile Issues: Janie
15. Next Meeting Dates:
January 12, 2019 10 am
February 9, 2019 1 pm
April 27, 2019 10 am
16. Adjourn !
There is still no decision on the Peerless Road CAFO water discharge permit from MDE, or any feedback that we are aware of to our comments provided at the meeting in Snow Hill on April 24 or provided in writing to Director Hilary Miller MDE during the comment period. Please note the activity and meeting on the Purnell Crossing Road CAFO below.
Upcoming Meetings and Events:
When: Tuesday October 23 / 7pm-8:30pm
Where: Ocean Pines LibraryWhat: Delmarva CAFOs - What if Hurricane 'Florence' Came Ashore Here?
Who: Kathy Phillips, Assateague COASTKEEPER and Maria Payan, Socially Responsible Agricultural Project
They will talk about the water quality and public health concerns when Hurricane Florence flooded the poultry and hog CAFOs in Eastern North Carolina.A discussion will follow about how Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland counties can do more to protect communities.
In recent years there’s also been an explosion of new industrial scale Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFOs) for poultry on the Lower Eastern Shore. These are huge factory style buildings, housing millions of birds, all across lower Delmarva on land that is low, wet, prone to saturation from high water tables and flooding during heavy rains.
We need to move these industrial operations out of flood-prone areas because we know that climate change is making storms more frequent and more severe, and that the waters are rising higher, and more often. It is time to smarten up and do the right thing.
When: Thursday, October 25 6pm
Where: Snow Hill Library 307 North Washington Street, Snow Hill
What: MD Dept of Environment Public Hearing on the CAFO permit application for APNA Farms, LLC 7732 Purnell Crossing Road, Berlin, MD
Background: This is the CAFO Permit that ACT and Environmental Action Center (EAC) contested in 2017 because MDE approved it without adequate manure and dead chicken storage, which could cause pollution to reach the Pocomoke River and affect nearby residences. ACT and EAC won their case and MDE was forced to pull the permit and require a new application from APNA Farms (Zaheer CAFO). The new permit application has now received preliminary approval from MDE and is open to public review and comment. ACT has reviewed the new Permit and again we have found it to be deficient and not protective of the Pocomoke River.
EAC and ACT will be presenting public comment on Oct 25 at the MDE hearing. The public is invited to attend, observe, give oral comment or submit written comment at the hearing.
This is of particular concern since it is unclear if anyone will have the responsibility to ensure that the storage building is built BEFORE any chickens are moved onto the CAFO! We also do not know what is being planned to protect the Pocomoke River from runoff during heavy rain, such as in the picture below from July.
More info will be available on ACT's website by Monday, Oct 22.
When: November 15 6-9:00 pm
Where: Seacrets Morley Hall, Ocean City
What: Assateague Coastal Trust's 8th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival Admission is $25/person and $30/person at the door. Doors open at 5:30pm. To purchase tickets and view all the event details, visit their events page at http://www.actforbays.org/act-events.html
Also in Lewes, DE on November 27
Protectors of the St Martin River
To All Town Home Owners:
On October 15th the parking lots of the townhouses and a couple individual drive ways that are a part of the town homes will be sealed. This entails all vehicles and trailers, plants, boats and whatever is sitting on the parking lot/drive ways MUST be removed. Please have items moved so that they will not have to be towed and or removed by others. This is will cost more money if we need to have items towed.
Thanking you in advance for your attention to this matter.
Jack Shook, President
St. Martin's by the Bay Homeowners' Association