Water, Sewer Fees to Rise
The Allegany County Sanitary Commission is recommending a slight increase in the cost of water and sewer services. Sewer fees will go up $2 per quarter for most customers and water fees will increase between one and two dollars, depending on location, if the County Commissioners adopt the proposal. The increases won’t change the long-term operation of the systems at a deficit, and does not keep pace with what is needed to perform needed repairs.
Options Available for Mayor, Council
Following the announcement that businesses in the former Memorial Hospital would be relocating within six months, the Cumberland Mayor and City Council has several options regarding the disposition of the property. Cumberland City Council member Dave Kauffman says the city could find a buyer for the property or it could be razed, at a cost of over $3.5 million. Kauffman says the site could be used to build homes or senior housing units. It has been noted that several medical offices are staying at the hospital. Kauffman adds the city could also coordinate demolition-if that is the option-with that of the former Braddock campus, the site of the new Allegany High School.
Vandalism Being Investigated
The Cumberland City Police Department is investigating a series of destruction of property crimes, where vehicles and houses were spray painted in the area of Hilltop Drive and Montgomery Avenue. The incidents occurred on Sunday. Anyone with information is urged to contact Cumberland City Police at (301)-777-1600.
Man Held on $20,000 Bond for Theft
Cumberland resident Charles Ray Brady is being held on$20,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center and there is an outstanding arrest warrant for another man in the case. Brady is accused of taking a wallet from a person in the 200-block of Greene Street on Sunday. The outstanding arrest warrant has been issued for Franklin Cecil White, Jr.
Briefing to be Held on Employment Needs of Veterans, Wounded Warriors
The Leadership Maryland Class of 2011 is hosting a regional briefing session on Thursday, focusing on the employment needs of Maryland veterans and wounded warriors who are returning from deployment overseas and those service personnel who are returning from active duty. The briefing will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the auditorium of the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Among the speakers will be Vice Admiral David Architzel, a case manager who helps wounded warriors transition to civilian life. Leadership Maryland graduate Sheri Sensabaugh, who is also the president of ACT Personnel Services, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Manchin Begins Energy Tour
West Virginia U.S. Senator Joe Manchin has begun a statewide tour of energy sites, and the first visit was to the Dominion Virginia Power Plant in Mount Storm late last week. Accompanying Senator Manchin was Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Ron Wyden of Oregon. They are gathering information to assist with the development of a renewed energy policy that will work for the entire country, according to the Mineral News-Tribune.
Convicted Child Molester Sentenced
A Somerset County man who has had a lifelong issue with pedophilia, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. Sixty-two year old John Wayne Hinton had requested a reduced sentence, but prosecutors say he deserved more time, because he molested four children under the age of 7, and acknowledged similar acts since he was 13 years old. Some of his victims were molested, after he met their families in church. He had previously pleaded guilty in February to molesting and photographing young girls.
Resort Wants National Harbor Casino
MGM Resorts says it would build a resort and casino at National Harbor near Washington, if Maryland authorizes a site there, but only if the state lowers the tax rate on gambling revenue, and if it allows table games. Current law in Maryland permits five casinos in the state, which feature only slot machines. MGM is the world’s largest casino operator, with a dozen casinos, including the MGM Grand and the Mirage.