Cumberland Times-News

Local News

May 3, 2013

Commissioners discuss mental health, grants

CUMBERLAND — Allegany County commissioners recognized Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week among other items at Thursday’s public business meeting at the county office complex on Kelly Road.

Commissioners recognized Sara Phillips-Bennett of the Family Network for her agency’s work ensuring children’s mental health needs are met.

Commissioners agreed to receive funding from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic development  for additional site development at the Barton Business Park.

Amendments to the agreement were needed to modify and extend employment and wages at the site.

A tree planting also became a part of the commission meeting. The county was awarded grant funds from Gov. Martin O’Malley’s stream restoration challenge, said Daniel DeWitt, a county engineer.

The $131,627 grant awarded was larger than expected, DeWitt said.

C&S landscaping was the lowest bidder at $102,918, county officials said. The grant helped plant 24 acres of trees in the county, which will help the county meet its goal of reducing pollutants entering the Chesapeake Bay, DeWitt said.

Local schools were involved in the plantings — about 215 students, DeWitt said.

Jean Ann Bialas spoke on behalf of the Allegany County Conservative Tea Party Caucus.

Bialas said her organization was concerned about the United Nations Agenda 21, which, she said, was a socialist  effort to influence the United States  government and other, local governments.

Bialas accused both President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush of promoting this agenda.

Bialas asked commissioners if they were aware of any International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives items adopted by the county government. Commissioners said they did not belive they had adopted any of the initiatives.

Commissioners also ap-pointed W. Jay George to a six-year term on the LaVale Sanitary Commission.

Stephen Young was also appointed to represent the county Department of Public Works on the LaVale commission.

Contact Matthew Bieniek at

Text Only
Local News
Must Read
News related video
Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Visitors Feel Part of the Pack at Wolf Preserve 3 People Killed, Deputies Wounded in NC Shootout Suing Obama: GOP-led House Gives the Go-ahead Obama: 'Blood of Africa Runs Through My Veins' Amid Drought, UCLA Sees Only Water Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Air Force: Stowaway Triggers Security Review Minnesota Fire Engulfs Home, Two Garages Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Officials Unsure of UCLA Flood Repair Date At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii