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Leonardtown is working with a team of contractors to install a mix of plantings, designed to mitigate construction at the town wharf where foliage, which acts like barriers protecting shorelines, was removed.
Construction was complete in 2008 and included a park and townhomes, called Phase I of development planned for that area near Breton Bay.
When native foliage is removed in what the state labels a critical area, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources calls for other plantings to be installed, and strategically placed to protect the shoreline.
The critical area includes all land within 1,000 feet of Maryland’s tidal waters and tidal wetlands.
Work to replace vegetation destroyed by the Leonardtown Wharf construction will cover about a third of an acre, said Town Administrator Laschelle McKay. The town has set aside $16,000 for the project, she said, but expects it will come in under cost.
Town council members approved the mitigation plans at their monthly meeting Tuesday.
The town is working to install 100 red maple saplings on public space. Some will be near the Leonard’s Grant housing development.
That’s where the bulk of the plantings will go, McKay said. It’s close to McIntosh Run, where water heads toward Breton Bay.
Other plantings had been planned for a public area near the Singletree development off Route 5, McKay said.
A third set of trees had been scheduled to be installed on Washington Street on private property belonging to Sean Collier, son of Leonardtown town council member Tom Collier. Plans for that were dropped this week.
McKay said she approached Sean Collier and asked if he’d be willing to have the trees planted there, which she said was acceptable to DNR’s Critical Area Commission, which could not be reached by deadline Thursday.
The town would have bought the trees for Sean Collier’s property and he would have planted them.
ollier obliged, but later declined after a reporter asked about the plans.
“I did not set any of this up,” Sean Collier said by phone Monday. “I’m trying to help the town, but if it’s going to be a problem ...” he said, he’d rather not do it.
After the council meeting Tuesday, Tom Collier also said neither he nor his son had anything to do with the plans. McKay also said Collier was only trying to help, at her request.
During Tuesday’s meeting, plans for using private property to plant the trees were not mentioned during discussion of the mitigation project. McKay said the third site for plantings might be a public area at the Port of Leonardtown.
On the site is a cooperative winery, a trail and a forested tidal area along McIntosh Run. Work is expected to be complete by the second week of December.
During their monthly meeting Tuesday, members of the Leonardtown Town Council also discussed exploring a new plan for addressing stormwater management and runoff, efforts for sidewalk improvement along Lawrence Avenue and plans to install Christmas decorations along the downtown square.