Steve Arentz is another of the Developer Cartel’s selections to become County Commissioner of Queen Anne’s County. His candidate website is remarkably short on substance, but it does have a revolving screen with attractive Queen Anne’s County photos, including, of course, a photo of his restaurant, Hemingway’s.
Mr. Arentz asks us to “use our website to express your ideas, concerns and suggestions” but the site only allows you to leave your email address and ask him, as he puts it, a “quick question”. Perhaps his method of treating the county’s citizens would be similar (I’ll pretend to be interested in your ideas, concerns and suggestions, but keep it short.)
Arentz’s site also states,”Here you can express your concerns and help us with our effort by becoming a volunteer or with a financial donation.” But the site has no place to do that either. Perhaps citizen donations aren’t really necessary since he’s funded by the Developer Cartel.
His site also promises, “We will be updating this website often with news and events, so please come back and visit often.” Frequent visits offer proof that this pledge fell short.
One last website quote from Mr. Arentz, “As a successful business owner in Queen Anne’s County, I will bring years of business experience and knowledge to the position of Commissioner”, brings us back to his business, Hemingway’s Restaurant.
At the end of August in 2006, due to an employee complaint of mold and unsafe working conditions, Hemingway’s underwent an “involuntary closure” ordered by an inspector from the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The eleven page inspection report noted more than 85 separate issues relating to cleanliness and safety.
While walking in the main kitchen the inspector recorded, “I felt several soft spots in the floor where I had concerns about machines and staff falling through the floor”. The report also noted, “2nd floor deck has many bad spots in the floor at outside wall area, this also needs to be addressed by building inspector as to safety.”
The report noted a “filthy” and badly rusted beer cooler, drain pipes needing cleaning, and the bar and its equipment being full of ants.
The main dining and kitchen area had over seventy items listed. There were four separate violations for failing to protect food from contamination and spoilage. This included storing the ice machine under septic and wastewater lines, storing two cans of gasoline in food storage areas and near food equipment, using the main kitchen sink for both mop water and food prep, and storing food products on the floor.
The word “filthy” was used in the report repeatedly including references to floors, the storage room and the hood system. The inspection noted “large numbers of roaches”. The inspector also observed “many areas both on the 1st and 2nd floor, where there was either mold on the walls or ceiling tile showed water damage.”
Records going back to the year 2000 show critical health inspections and complaints related to Hemingway’s Restaurant. One might conclude that Mr. Arentz should do a more conscientious job of looking after the health and safety of his employees and patrons before undertaking the task of looking after the citizens of our county.
The Developer Cartel sure knows how to pick’em! There will be more to come on Mr. Arentz.