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May 26, 2013

County to submit ARC projects

CUMBERLAND — CUMBERLAND — Allegany County commissioners wrapped up a number of projects in their pipeline by taking action on them in their Thursday public business meeting.

Among the decisions they made were to submit a prioritized list of projects for Appalachian Regional Commission funding and revised a contract to feed inmates at the county detention center. The county will now pay 15 cents more per meal.

Commissioners approved the submission of projects for ARC funding. The development projects require a 50 percent county match, while the road projects require no match, at least for this year, said David K. Nedved, a county economic and community development representative.

The projects are submitted to the Tri-County Council of Western Maryland.

Proposed projects include the beginning stages of a pilot training program through Frostburg State University, a water line replacement at the fairgrounds and work on an access road to the Frostburg Business Park.

The pilot training program is ranked second in priority on the proposed projects list, with a request for $60,000. There is interest from Frostburg State University officials and members of the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority in a flight school, which would likely be based at the airport.

The water line replacement at the Allegany County Fairgrounds and an advanced manufacturing work force development training program at Allegany College of Maryland are the other top priorities. The fourth is extension of fiber optic cable to Frost and Northeast elementary schools. The request for the water line is set at $150,000, the request for the work force training will be for $93,000 and the fiber extension request will be for $140,000.

While it is unlikely all nine development projects will be funded, they are all submitted. The development projects total $857,000. Typically, the first three or four projects are accepted for ARC funding.

Three access road projects, totalling $2.9 million, will be submitted separately.

Right now, the improvements can be financed 100 percent with federal money. The three roads projects include the access road at the business park, projected to cost $600,000; Braddock Road access improvement for $1.2 million and a Cumberland street improvement project at a cost of just over $1 million.

While the cost of the contract has increased, the meal contract for inmates at the Allegany County Detention Center remains within the amount requested in Sheriff Craig Robertson’s 2013 fiscal year budget. The budget requested $431,409 for the meal contract. The original contract was for $310,871 and the revised contract is for $326,693.25, the sheriff said in a memorandum requesting the increase. Some modifications to the menu required the changes, Robertson said. The cost of each meal will increase 15 cents each day. That’s still well below the costs per meal for school children, which is more than $3 per meal.

The county’s contract is with ARAMARK Correctional Services. The company has been providing food service for the detention center since 2000.

“ACS prepares well over 1,000,000 meals a day for state and municipal facilities, partnering with our clients to meet the unique challenges of the corrections environment,” according to the company’s website. The company provides food service at more than 600 correctional facilities nationwide, according to its website.

Commissioners approved a plan to ask for Project Open Space state funding to pay for recreational facilities at the new Allegany High School. Commissioners budgeted for $250,000 in project open space funds and a county match of $27,777 for the work. Open Space funds have been previously used for projects at Mountain Ridge and Fort Hill high schools.

Additional Open Space funds will go to pavilion renovation at Cresaptown Community Park, officials said. Phase two of that work is budgeted fo $3,420 in Open Space funds and a $380 county match. Commissioner Creade Brodie Jr. said that he hopes Open Space funding will be available for the 2015 fiscal year for additional money for Allegany High School.

Commissioners approved the LaVale Sanitary Commission’s wish to hire Fike, Conner & Associates to audit the account of the sanitary commission. The sanitary commission has requested the standard audit.

County Commissioners also made appointments to mental health and housing authority boards. Commissioners voted to appoint Renee Kniseley to the Allegany County Mental Health Advisory Board. Kniseley will be filling the position left vacant because of term expiration of Davis Dayhoff on June 30, 2012. Her term will expire on June 30, 2015.

Commissioners reappointed two members of the Housing Authority of Allegany County. Those members are  James P. Kreiling, chairman of the board, and Carol Robertson. Their terms will expire on June 30, 2018.

The commission meeting took place at county offices on Kelly Road. Commissioner Bill Valentine was absent performing the duties of ambassador for the county at DelFest, greeting both out of town and local visitors to the festival, McKay said.

Contact Matthew Bieniek at mbieniek@times-news.com.

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