Cumberland Times-News

Local News

December 9, 2012

Friends Aware, animal shelter, seek bond funds

CUMBERLAND — Two local organizations are seeking the help of local legislators in a quest for state bond funds for capital projects. Allegany County commissioners gave their blessings to the requests last week during a meeting with members of the District 1  delegation.

Friends Aware Inc. is seeking $1.34 million and the Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation is seeking $250,000.

Sen. George Edwards warned that obtaining such funds were unlikely.

“The reality is you’re not going to get $1.34 million for a project. The likelihood of getting that is slim to none ...  We need to be truthful here,” Edwards said.

The senator wanted to make sure the organizations had realistic expectations about funding.

Commission President Michael McKay said the organizations were aware of the situation.

“We will get you as much money as possible,” Edwards said.

Politics also plays a role in obtaining the bond funds, especially budget votes at the end of each legislative session.

Edwards said that if all the members of the delegation vote for the budget, it’s more likely that funding can be obtained; if some vote for the budget and other against, the amount of bond funds headed to District 1 would likely decline.

Those organizations seeking bond funds have two minutes to present their request to legislators, said Delegate Wendell Beitzel.

“Be brief, concise and to the point,” Beitzel advised commissioners to explain to the organization’s leaders.

Friends Aware is making its second request for state bond funds. Friends Aware is beginning a major building project. The project was expected to cost $2 million, organization leaders have said.

About $400,000 would be needed to make the building ADA-compliant.

Of the rest of the funds, about 60 percent would go to new construction and 40 percent to renovation. The current building lacks a sprinkler system.

A complete renovation and addition to the organization’s Life Enrichment Center on Holland Street is planned.

The organization offers residential, vocational and day services to people with intellectual disabilities and currently serves about 180 individuals.

The Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation is raising funds for a new animal shelter, expected to cost $2.5 million.

The foundation has announced a campaign to construct an 11,000-square-foot adoption and care facility near the site of the current animal shelter.

In February, after concluding a six-month search for a location, the foundation retained award-winning animal care facility architects, Stoiber & Associates.

When complete, the complex would be capable of housing approximately 103 dogs and 120 cats indoors in modern multi-purpose facilities designed to aid the adoption process and improve working conditions for volunteers and staff.   

Phase One of the project is planned to make 7,700 square feet of the new facility operational during 2013. This largest portion of the project will house dog and cat adoption areas and is projected to cost $1.5 million.   

Phase Two will be a 3,300-square-foot extension of the building that is planned to provide critical care facilities for animals needing special medical attention.

The cost of this phase is estimated at $900,000.

During the session of 2012, Allegany Museum received $150,000  and Friends Aware received $250,000, said County Administrator David Eberly.

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

1
Text Only
Local News
  • BOSTON PERSEVERES Solemn tributes mark one-year anniversary of marathon attack

    Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two offers for former Footer Dye Works site

    Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority officials announced Tuesday that two proposals have been received for the development of the Footer Dye Works building.

    April 15, 2014

  • Legislation strengthens prison guard investigations

    Legislative efforts to improve prison security were overshadowed this year by marijuana and minimum wage bills, but supporters say they will help prevent another high-profile scandal like the Black Guerrilla Family case at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

    April 15, 2014

  • Maryland simplifies rules for domestic violence victims seeking issuance of protective orders

    People seeking protective orders for domestic violence should have an easier time proving the case for issuing an order after Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill into law that changes the standard of proof used in court.

    April 15, 2014

  • Mineral County students return to class Aug. 14

    The first bell of Mineral County’s 2014-2015 school year will ring on Aug. 14. That’s if the West Virginia Department of Education approves a calendar voted on by school system employees and approved unanimously by the Board of Education on Tuesday night.

    April 15, 2014

  • Talk with Tennant Talk with Tennant

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • PSC investigating five energy suppliers over high bill claims

    Winter electric bills hit many consumers hard, but most complaints to the Maryland Public Service Commission involved so-called variable rate contracts. While the contracts can result in savings, they can also hit consumers hard during times of high electrical demand.

    April 15, 2014

  • Cottontail sale Cottontail sale

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Latest warrant sweep results in 33 arrests

    The Cumberland Police Department’s Safe Streets latest warrant initiative resulted in 33 arrests last week with 36 warrants served.

    April 15, 2014

  • DANIEL RADKO Radko candidate for Mineral County Board of Education

    I am running for the Mineral County Board of Education. My goal is to continue to help students reach their potential. I have lived and worked my adult life in Mineral County as a special education teacher. My wife, Susan, is a community services manager in Mineral and Hampshire counties for the Department of Health and Human Services. We have two children; son Sean teaches social studies at Keyser High School and daughter Dr. Lindsay Knuth is an audiologist in Charlotte, N.C. We have a grandson Aidan who attends Keyser Primary School.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo