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January 22, 2013

Frostburg mayor hopes for lucrative PACE trip

City looking to recoup some of lost highway funding

FROSTBURG — With an appearance at the PACE reception and help from elected representatives during the General Assembly, Frostburg city officials hope to fund ongoing projects that will improve driving and ameliorate the quality of water flowing to the Chesapeake Bay.

“We are hoping to find $1.3 million and bring it back to Frostburg,” said Mayor Robert Flanigan.

The PACE reception, the annual mingling of municipal and county officials from Allegany and Garrett counties with state agencies and business, begins Thursday in Annapolis.

In 2009, Frostburg lost an annual grant of $300,000 from the state’s highway user program.

“There are some positive signs that we might get half of that back,” Flanigan said on Tuesday, explaining that the funds can be used to pave streets.

“Our streets take a beating in the winter,” Flanigan said of the Mountain City’s thoroughfares.

“We spent $70,000 on paving last year and we should be doing $125,000 to $150,000.

Money will be sought as well for the continued and successful 20-year program to separate storm water from sewer water as mandated via the courts.

Flanigan said the city is 60 percent through that long-term effort.

“The current project is on East Mechanic, including Taylor Street, and we are 85 percent complete. That should be finished in May,” the mayor said.

Next up will be Bowery and Paul streets.

“We need about $1 million a year for the CSO projects (combined sewer overflow),” Flanigan said.

Initially, the city picked up 5 percent of the costs, but that amount has risen to 10 percent, according to Flanigan.

All of Frostburg’s elected officials along with senior staff will attend at least a portion of the two-day PACE gathering.

The acronym PACE stands for positive attitudes change everything.

Contact Michael A. Sawyers at msawyers@times-news.com.

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