Cumberland Times-News

April 27, 2013

News Briefs - 04/28/2013

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Frostburg will flush city fire hydrants

FROSTBURG — The city of Frostburg will flush fire hydrants throughout the city May 7 through 9.

The flushing may cause some minor problems such as  interruptions of water service and temporary discoloration problems.

It is recommended that washing be restricted on the above days. If discoloration does occur, residents should run their water for a short period of time.


West Elder parking changes planned

CUMBERLAND — The city has announced a traffic pattern change on West Elder Street, from Virginia Avenue to the Canal Parkway.

Parking will be permitted only on the north side of the street. Parking will be restricted on West Elder from Lexington Avenue to the parkway. Lane markings will be adjusted from Lexington to Virginia to allow for the parking lane on the north side of the street.  

West Elder was not designed to allow for parking, however, the city believes adjustment to the center line will allow for safe parking.

Protection Services Inc. is under contract and is expected to start work the week of May 6-10.

Questions may be directed to the city engineering department at 301-759-6600 or street department at 301-759-6620.  


City meetings slated Tuesday

CUMBERLAND — The mayor and City Council will hold a budget work session Tuesday at 5 p.m.  in the City Hall conference room, followed at 6 p.m. by a presentation on regional broadband issues from Joanne Hovis, president of CTC Technology and Energy.

Both meetings are open to the public.

City officials then will meet in closed administrative session to discuss union negotiation issues.

Questions may be directed to the city administrator’s office at 301-759-6424.


Allegany County budget schedule

CUMBERLAND — The Allegany County commissioners have announced the following budget meetings:

• Thursday, 5 p.m., second public hearing on the preliminary budget.

• May 9, 5 p.m.,  presentation of the five-year capital improvement program budget and third public hearing on the preliminary budget.

• June 6, 5 p.m., budget adoption.

All of the meetings will be held at the Allegany County Office Building, 701 Kelly Road.

The county’s historical budget information is presented on the website,

From the homepage select departments, select finance, select budget archive. Fourteen fiscal years, FY 2000 through FY 2013, are available.


Spraying for gypsy moths to begin

ANNAPOLIS — Weather permitting, the Maryland Department of Agriculture will begin aerial spraying Thursday in some southern areas of the state to combat the destructive gypsy moth, an invasive pest that destroys forest and shade trees.

However, most of MDA’s gypsy moth spraying will take place later in the month in Western Maryland.

Most spraying will be done later in May in Garrett County where MDA will spray more than 11,000 acres over 58 individual areas across the county. All property owners directly affected by the spraying have been notified by letter.

Maps of areas to be sprayed as well as the spray schedule are on MDA’s website at:

When MDA begins spraying, residents can follow MDA’s gypsy moth Twitter feed for frequent updates on the progress of the helicopters.


Fort Ashby sets street light collction

FORT ASHBY, W.Va. — The Fort Ashby Street Light Association will conduct its annual fundraiser to support the community’s street lights on May 4-5 at the Lions Club barbecue facility and May 11 at the Fort Ashby Fire Hall.

The Street Light Association operates and maintains 39 lights at an annual cost of $4,800 and has been serving the Fort Ashby area for more than 60 years.

Donations also may be made at M&T Bank — Fort Ashby branch office.

Fort Ashby’s public street lights are paid solely through voluntary donations.