The Rev. Katie Grover, church pastor, could not be reached for comment on the county's decision to drop the fine. She had said that by allowing the homeless onto church grounds, she was carrying out her duty to care for the needy.
Inspectors cited the church in late November for operating an unauthorized rooming or boardinghouse because of the homeless encampment. A hearing on the violation before a county administrative judge had been scheduled for Wednesday.
The church set up an online fundraising campaign to raise money for the potential fine — pledges had reached more than $1,500 as of Wednesday afternoon. The church will now use the money to "further our care for the poor and marginalized," according to a post on the church's website.
County Councilman Todd Crandell, a Dundalk Republican, said he's glad an agreement was reached.