Cumberland Times-News

Local News

July 5, 2013

Frostburg OKs dam wind study with DERP

Firm plans to collect data for a year to see if currents can generate enough power

FROSTBURG — In its continuing  efforts to promote sustainable living, the mayor and city council of Frostburg have approved a wind study program at the Piney Dam site as well as two new recycling programs.

Authorized in a recent council meeting, the wind study will be conducted by DERP Technologies, a firm that specializes in doing smaller scale, local-use, wind-generating energy projects.

A 50-meter high tower mounted anemometer will be installed at Piney Dam to measure wind velocity and strength.

“The town has approved only the study. It’s a first step,” said Rick Lank, project manager with DERP.

Lank said the study will gather data for up to a year. If the wind levels can generate enough power.

A turbine could then be installed to provide power for the water pumps at the dam, according to Lank.

The Piney Dam is a primary source of water for Frostburg.

“Right now, it’s just a study. We’re not putting up windmills. It’s to see if we can get energy to help pump water from Piney (Dam),” said Mayor Robert Flanagan.

Many studies for innovative, clean energy projects in the state receive funding through the Maryland Gamechanger Grant.

The data collection project at the Piney Dam will not cost Frostburg anything, according to Rebecca Rush, a project manager with DERP.

“The Gamechanger Grant funding has made it possible. It’s an investment into clean, renewable energy sources for the future.” said Rush.

According to Rush, an anemometer is also being installed at Garrett College in McHenry to study the potential for wind power there.

Frostburg also recently approved two private subscription recycling programs.

Burgmeier Hauling Incorporated of Altoona, Pa., will create a curbside pickup for two categories of recyclable materials once a month.

First will be Number 1 and Number 2 plastics, steel and aluminum cans and glass bottles and jars.

Second will be newspaper, phone books, copy and office paper, junk mail and magazines.

The mayor and council are also in the process of hearing public comment on the closing of two unfinished alleys, known as paper alleys.

They’re called paper alleys because they typically only exist on paper.

Citizens will sometimes ask the city for domain over the property.

One alley is between 505 and 507 Grandview Dr.

“It can be split between property owners depending on how your deed is done,” said  Flanagan.

Flanagan said that the alleys are sometimes land the city no longer has an interest in.

“Easements remain in place. Sometimes there are utilities that must be placed on the deeds,” said Flanagan.

The council also approved a contract to place a new roof on the city-owned Frostburg Community Center building.

Officials report leaking and other roof problems. Rigidply Rafter Inc. of Oakland has been contracted to do the work for $8,600.

City officials have also been introduced to two new managers for the merchant sponsored group called Frostburg First. Chritine Werner will be the new manager and Dan Witter will be assistant manager.

Frostburg First represents the interests of Main Street-area businesses and is not part of the city administration.

Also reported at the recent city council meeting was a donation to the Frostburg Food Pantry of $25,000 from the estate of Dr. Martin M. Rothstein.

Greg Larry can be contacted at glarry@times-news.com

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds

    After you drive Alexander and Furnace streets then navigate a couple of switchbacks on Cemetery Road, you’d figure there would be no more uphill.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Proposed county budget holds most agencies flat

    After taking into account an income tax shortfall, Allegany County Finance Director Jason Bennett said he’ll propose a budget that holds most outside agencies to flat funding and funds the Board of Education at what county officials say are maintenence of effort levels for 2015.

    April 17, 2014

  • RYAN WOLF Wolf named 2014-15 Garrett Teacher of the Year

    Southern Garrett High School teacher Ryan Wolf has been named the 2014-15 Garrett County Teacher of the Year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock

    While giving a civics lesson at Frostburg State University on Thursday, U.S. Rep. John Delaney, congressman from Maryland’s sixth district, told students that the polarization in Congress is due primarily to redistricting and a poorly designed Congressional schedule.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fourmile Ridge wind project approved, moves forward

    The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the Fourmile Ridge wind project in eastern Garrett County and site preparation started April 7, according to Frank Maisano, a wind industry spokesman. The current notice listed on the FAA website for the project is for a small change in turbine location.

    April 17, 2014

  • Oakland back to normal after toppled tanker closes business district

    The town of Oakland returned to normal activities Thursday, one day after a tanker full of liquid propane overturned in the heart of the business district.
    Shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday the toppled tanker was removed and its 10,000-gallon load transferred to another tanker.

    April 17, 2014

  • Students back Southern Middle School renovation

    Students from both Southern and Northern middle schools presented a list of reasons why Southern Middle needs to be renovated during the Garrett County Commission meeting Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Trial run Trial run

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 72nd anniversary of Doolittle Raid on Tokyo 72nd anniversary of Doolittle Raid on Tokyo

    Friday, April 18, has another special meaning for me besides Good Friday.
    April 18, 1942, proved to be a pivotal day for American morale, following the deadly air attack and destruction conceived and executed by Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lara Courrier seeks re-appointment to Mineral school board

    I, Lara Courrier, am seeking re-election to the Mineral County Board of Education to continue the work I’ve done the last four years. Having served as a school counselor at the Burlington Center School and the Chick Buckbee Juvenile Center for nearly six years, as well as approximately 20 years total working with children, I have insight into the needs of kids and the importance of the actions of the school board. Having three sons and several nieces and nephews in Mineral County schools, I have an added incentive to continue to work hard to ensure the efficient running of our school system. 

    April 17, 2014