Cumberland Times-News

Local News

September 7, 2013

County awards contracts for bridges, OKs solicitation of bids for library roof replacement

Water hookup assistance available for Rawlings residents

CUMBERLAND — The Allegany County commissioners awarded contracts for a bridge inspection program, a bridge replacement and approved solicitation of bids for a new roof for the South Cumberland Library, among other items, at their Thursday regular business meeting.

Commissioners awarded a contract for $371,755 to Wallace, Montgomery and Associates of Towson for 71 bridge inspections. The county has worked with the same firm on previous occasions, county officials said. The contract is eligible for full federal reimbursement. Failure to ins-pect could jeopardize federal funding for the county.

County bridges require regular inspections, and all bridges over a 20-foot span must be inspected every two years. The bridges set for inspection under the contract include 56 in the county, 10 in Cumberland, three in Lonaconing, and one each in Midland and Westernport.

The county has 54 major bridges and 85 smaller bridges. The county’s annual bridge replacement cost is $900,000 per year and maintenance each year is $200,000.

Inspections of major bridges are required every two years and eats up $400,000 of the county roads budget over that time period, officials said. The contract award must be approved by the State Highway Administration. The bridge inspection program is up to date in Allegany County, said Paul Kahl, the county’s director of public works.

Another big chunk of money is coming to the county to help with replacement of the Rawlings water system. County staff will be asking commissioners to sign authorization for an $800,000 Community Development Block Grant for the project. The project will provide water to 75 homes currently on well water and add 19 homes farther down U.S. Route 220 that are on a failing water system, county officials said.

The funds include monies for a program to help residents with water hook-up fees, said David K. Nedved, a county economic and community development representative.

“Ours was one of only two awards in the state that received the maximum amount available,” Nedved said. Commissioner Creade Brodie Jr., urged citizens to take advantage of the water hook-up program.

Nedved aid documentation is required for the program, “because it’s a HUD (Housing and Urban Development) program, there are hoops to jump through.” But Nedved said he would help residents interested in the program to navigate through the paperwork. “It’s not that bad,” Nedved said.

The second phase of the Rawlings project will provide water service to about 350 customers in the Rawlings area.

Rawlings needs complete replacement of its water and sewer system.

Commissioners approved putting a roof contract for the library out to bid. The roof is more than 30 years old and the Allegany County Library System has obtained $90,000 in state grant funds for the project, which will require a 10 percent county contribution. It’s hoped construction could start before winter, but in spring 2014 at the latest, county staff reported in a memo to commissioners. The funds have already been allocated in the county’s 2014 capital improvement plan.

A contact for $880,445.80 was awarded to Carl Belt, Inc. to replace a bridge on Potomac Hollow Road over Moore’s Run. The project is eligible for 80 percent federal funding, it is the only project selected in the state, county officials said. The 20 percent local match will be made from county coal haul tax funds.

In other business, commissioners approved opening bidding to upgrade microwave links for Allconet broadband service for $600,000. Half of that funding is from an Appalachian Regional Commission grant.

The county’s ethics law was amended at the suggestion of the state ethics commission. County Attorney Bill Rudd said the state group had asked for changes in the amount of unsolicited gifts county officials could receive. Commissioners approved lowering the amount of gifts from $50 to $20. The changes will also require individuals to register as lobbyist if, in connection with the “intent to influence” they spend more than $100 on food, entertainment or other gifts for officials or employees of the county. that’s down from $200 in the previous law, Rudd said.

The meeting was held at the county office building on Kelly Road.

Contact Matthew Bieniek at

Text Only
Local News
  • Overturned tanker upsets Oakland Overturned tanker upsets Oakland

    OAKLAND — Two large commercial wreckers were being used at mid-afternoon Wednesday to upright a tanker full of liquid propane that overturned several hours earlier in downtown Oakland and forced evacuation of the business district.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Park Service opens Canal Classrooms Park Service opens Canal Classrooms

    CUMBERLAND – The National Park Service held a ribbon-cutting event Wednesday for a new program called Canal Classrooms, which will offer students pre-K through fifth grade accredited classwork on the Canal Place grounds.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • CODY EVERSOLE Eversole named 2014 Kelley Award winner

    KEYSER, W.Va. — Keyser High School senior Cody Eversole was named this year’s J. Edward Kelley Award winner during a ceremony Wednesday morning at Potomac State College.
    The award is presented to an outstanding male student-athlete in each year’s senior class.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • South Cumberland home rebuilt after fire South Cumberland home rebuilt after fire

    CUMBERLAND — A South Cumberland home destroyed by fire last July was given a second chance recently after the owner decided he wanted to remain a part of the neighborhood and had his house rebuilt.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mineral BOE gives $18K to library

    KEYSER, W.Va. — The Mineral County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to give the Keyser-Mineral County Public Library $18,000 for fiscal 2015 and to give the Piedmont library an additional $1,000 out of carryover funds.

    April 16, 2014

  • The Eichhorn family Local family says hosting New York City children in summer is ‘wonderful experience’

    CUMBERLAND — Sonya and Christopher Morgan of Cumberland always planned on a hosting a child through The Fresh Air Fund Volunteer Host Family Program. “Christopher always said once we had kids of our own we were going to do it. When our son turned 6 we said, ‘OK, let’s do it,’” said Sonya.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • City, county officials to talk baseball at work session

    CUMBERLAND — During today’s Allegany County Commission work session, a proposal to study the possibility of bringing a professional-level baseball team to the area will be vetted again, this time with participants from the city of Cumberland.

    April 16, 2014

  • Report: High-quality child care lacking in West Virginia

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Child care programs of minimum or unrated quality are watching over about 93 percent of West Virginia children enrolled in them, a report released Wednesday said.

    April 16, 2014

  • JIM HINEBAUGH Hinebaugh seeks Garrett County commissioner post

    Jim Hinebaugh recently announced his candidacy for Garrett County commissioner. A Garrett County native and lifelong Republican, Hinebaugh graduated from Southern High School and attended Frostburg State University before entering the U.S. Army via the draft. After serving as an enlisted member, Hinebaugh completed Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He retired as a colonel/06 in 1995 with almost 29 years of service including eight years overseas.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • In Brief - 04/17

    April 16, 2014

Must Read
News related video
Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing Raw: Blast at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills 1 Raw: Urinator Causes Portland to Flush Reservoir Hoax Bomb Raises Anxiety in Boston New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Ex-California City Leader Gets 12 Year Sentence Obama, Biden Announce $600M for Job Grants Miley Cyrus Still in Hospital, Cancels 2nd Show New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Boston Officials: No Bags at Marathon Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing