Public Hearings - HISTORIC SITE DESIGNATION - Still Pond Store

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PUBLIC HEARING - November 27, 2012


A public hearing was held today at 6:18 p.m. in the County Commissioners’ Hearing Room, County Government Center, 400 High Street, Chestertown, MD, for the purpose of discussing the application made by Steel Pone, LLC, to voluntarily designate property located at 12749 Still Pond Road, Still Pond, MD as an Historic Site and to list the site in the Kent County Register of Historic Places.

County Commissioners, Ronald Fithian, William Pickrum, and William Short were in attendance as well as Susanne Hayman, County Administrator, Sondra Blackiston, Clerk, Jamie Williams, Administrative Aide, Carla Gerber, Community Planner, Planning, Housing, and Zoning, and Walter Bowie, Owner and Manager, Steel Pone, LLC.

Commissioner Fithian read the Notice of Public Hearing into the record. Commissioner Fithian also read the a letter dated September 26, 2012 from the Kent County Historic Preservation Commission and a letter dated October 17, 2012 from the Planning Commission. Both Commissions found that the Still Pond Store property met the criteria for nomination and gave favorable recommendation for the designation of Still Pond Store as a historic site.

Ms. Gerber shared that the site complies with multiple criteria within the ordinance for both historical archeological and cultural significance, as well as architectural and design significance. Ms. Gerber stated the restoration of the structure, originally built in 1870, would contribute to community of Still Pond and the County overall. Commissioner Pickrum noted that the first two women voters in Maryland cast their ballots in Still Pond.

Mr. Bowie stated that he intends to move the project forward and restore the Still Pond Store in a way which contributes to town of Still Pond.

Commissioner Fithian invited comments and questions from the audience.

No one else present requested to comment or ask any question.

On motion by Commissioner Short and seconded by Commissioner Pickrum, the Commissioners unanimously approved designating Still Pond Store as a Historic Site.

The hearing was taped for reference and on a motion by Commissioner Short and seconded by Commissioner Pickrum, the Commissioners unanimously agreed to adjourn the public hearing at 6:26 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sondra M. Blackiston, Clerk

Ronald H. Fithian, President
The County Commissioners
Of Kent County, Maryland