Cumberland Times-News

September 22, 2013

County awards paving contract


Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Allegany County commissioners approved a road rehabilitation contract award to Belt Paving Inc. at their regular business meeting Thursday.

The county was recently approved for state aid for asphalt rehabilitation projects, which means the roads will be repaved. Because of cuts in highway user funds since 2009, the county has only been able to do minimal work on asphalt roads, according to a memorandum prepared by Adam Patterson, a county engineer.

The state will pay $790,400 for the work, with the county contributing a 20 percent match at $197,600. Scheduled for repaving are Cherry Lane, Welsh Hill Road, Barton Boulevard, Viewcrest Road, Bourbon Street, Biederlack Drive and Commerce Drive, Patterson said.

Commissioners also approved a required Minority Business Plan, which must be completed to take advantage of Community Development Block Grants.

“We’re already ahead of the game. ... We’re basically putting on paper what we’re already doing,” David Nedved, a county staff member, said. The requirement includes wide advertisement of the open bids related to projects funded by the grants, so that any company interested, especially minority-owned companies, may offer bids. “We advertise locally and nationally,” Nedved said, including ads in The Afro-American Newspapers.

Commissioners also recognized several organizations during the meeting with proclamations and citations. Commission President Michael McKay awarded many of them pins recognizing them as “ambassadors” for Allegany County.

Members of the A*STAR 4-H Club’s “Pink is the new Green” team were recognized for taking first place in the Maryland 4-H Robotics competition at the Maryland State Fair. Team members who accepted the citation were Alicia Jackson, Darrah Speis, Bekah Fox and Carmen Fox.

The team took first place in the division and had the highest overall score in the competition, said Robin Fox, a 4-H leader. The team focused on renewable resources, including wood, when proper methods were employed for regrowth and harvesting.

This year’s challenge was NXT-based LEGO robots that could erect windmills, install solar panels and hydro dam turbines, as well as harvest biomass and convert farm equipment to use bio-fuels.

Also honored was the construction trades program at the Center for Career and Technical Education. Commissioners issued a proclamation naming October as Career in Construction Trades Month. Accepting the proclamation were teachers and students enrolled in that program and Principal Candy Canan and Student Council president Tara Holshey.

Commissioners also proclaimed September as National Recovery Month on the heels of the Allegany County Health Department’s Recovery Walk. Accepting the proclamation were Health Officer Dr. Sue Raver, Chris Delaney, the program director for Behavioral Health Prevention, and Becky Myers, the Outpatient Addictions director.

Raver said 100 people showed up for the Recovery Walk at Allegany College of Maryland recently. In part, the proclamation read “prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover from substance abuse and mental disorders.”

Commissioners also approved the appointment of Joyce Hartig to the Allegany County Mental Health Advisory Board, to a term expiring June 30, 2016.

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