Cumberland Times-News

Latest news

November 17, 2012

Maryland counties seek moratorium on land-use initiatives

Time needed to adjust to bills already passed; Allegany County Commission president on board

CUMBERLAND — Maryland counties need a timeout on land-use legislation to deal with bills already passed by the General Assembly. That’s the word from the Maryland Association of Counties.

The association is seeking a two-year moratorium on new land-use and environmental initiatives.

MACo spokesman Les Knapp said that counties need time to deal with bills that have already been passed and can’t absorb additional requirements or mandates. Knapp said that Maryland counties have to adjust to new septic system requirements and 10 counties will have to deal with storm-water fees next year.

Allegany County Commission President Michael McKay agrees.

“I agree 100 percent with Mr. Knapp’s comments. Regardless, if the public supports the bills passed by the General Assembly or not, the counties will be challenged to create some plan of implementation,” McKay said. “The daunting task of the legislation is truly how the counties pay for such bills.”

The association spokes-man said that since 2006, counties have had to deal with major new land-use and environmental legislation or regulations every year. And they’re concerned about state growth policies and the cost of the Chesapeake Bay restoration strategy.

The statements by the MACo leader parallel concerns that led to the formation of the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition last year. Caroline County commissioners and the Wicomico County Council both voted unanimously to join in recent months, a coalition press release stated. Coalition members also include Allegany, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Somerset and Washington counties. The coalition began with four counties in December.

“We are tremendously pleased and honored that Wicomico and Caroline counties chose to join the coalition. We look forward to working with the members of the coalition in our mutual goal to ensure that the unique needs and perspectives of Maryland’s rural counties are taken into consideration during the decision-making process in Annapolis,” McKay said recently.

The organization is not meant as a rival to the Maryland Association of Counties. McKay said there is a need for the rural coalition as an independent organization.

Text Only
Latest news
  • Cherry blossoms boost Metro ridership

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro says good weather and the cherry blossoms’ peak bloom contributed to high ridership over the weekend.

    April 15, 2014

  • Bills to facilitate prison guard investigations

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The governor has signed a series of bills aimed at preventing another corruption scandal like the Black Guerrilla Family case at the Baltimore Jail.

    April 15, 2014

  • Student charged at Mineral County Vo-Tech

    KEYSER, W.Va. — Keyser Police responded to the Mineral County Vocational Technical Center on Monday at 10:46 a.m. for an incident in which a 21-year-old student was allegedly thrown into a wall by a 17-year-old student.

    April 15, 2014

  • ‘Electric Road Trip’ features local sites

    CUMBERLAND — A new documentary to premiere on Maryland Public Television on April 23 at 8 p.m. features three Oakland attractions and a Cumberland business.

    April 15, 2014

  • People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

    WASHINGTON (AP) — People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve — for now.
    The Social Security Administration had been participating in a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.

    April 15, 2014

  • 10 things to know for today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

    April 15, 2014

  • County tax sales scheduled

    CUMBERLAND — Allegany and Garrett County have both scheduled their annual tax sales.

    April 14, 2014

  • Frostburg officer injured by party-goer; 200 people in attendance

    FROSTBURG — A Frostburg Police officer who was attempting to break up a large party early Saturday morning in the area of 38 Paul St. was knocked to the ground by a 19-year-old Baltimore woman and taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.

    April 14, 2014

  • Garrett sets last day of school as June 17

    OAKLAND — The last day of school for Garrett County public school students will be June 17, the school system announced Monday.

    April 14, 2014

  • FSU planning new campus security facility

    FROSTBURG — Officials at Frostburg State University are moving forward with plans to construct a new public safety building at the school that will be twice the size of the current security facility.

    April 14, 2014

Must Read
House Ads
NDN Video
NDN Video