Workers Continue Strike at Local Dairy
Workers remain on strike at the Potomac Farms/Galliker's Dairy, and they have received no word from management since last Wednesday. Among the complaints are a lack of recognition from the company as a result of winning a number of awards over the years, including the most recent, from the Quality Chekd Dairies, Incorporated trade organization.
Meals on Wheels Program Transferred
The Meals on Wheels program is being transferred from the Western Maryland Health System to the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission, effective October 15th. The program currently serves about 25 city residents. Participants have been notified of the change, and the HRDC is assisting them with enrollment, so there should be no interruption of service in the delivery of their meals.
Bridge Repairs Could Begin Next Week
Temporary repairs on the Washington Street Bridge could start next week, but city engineer John DiFonzo says that documents, verifying CSX Corporation's ownership of the bridge might have been destroyed in a 1910 fire at City Hall. The bridge has been closed since last month, and the city is trying to have CSX make the repairs to the structure. For its part, CSX is attempting to establish ownership of the bridge. If the city were to take ownership, it might be eligible for federal grants to pay for the repairs.
Man Released Following Domestic Complaint
Twenty-seven year old Eric Plummer was released on personal recognizance, following an incident on Sunday, when he allegedly assaulted another person at a residence on Baltimore Avenue. Plummer was taken to City Police headquarters for processing and a bond hearing afterward. The victim did not require medical attention. Plummer was charged with second degree assault.
Keyser Appealing Water Rates
The city of Keyser will make another appeal to the West Virginia Public Service Commission on its water rates. State officials had recommended a rate hike of only 3.7 per cent, while the city was seeking an increase of up to 14.6 per cent. For sewer rates, the PSC endorsed a rate hike of 12 per cent, less than 1 percentage point below the city's original request. The increases are intended to pay for an $11 million upgrade to the city's water system.
Family Support Meeting Set
The Allegany County Family Support Services will host a meeting this Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the support services office at 3 Pershing Street. The meeting will address the Individualized Education Program, and will address any questions or concerns that parents may have. Any parent whose child has an IEP in the public school system is encouraged to attend.
Governor O'Malley Visits Iowa in Advance of 2016 Elections
Governor Martin O'Malley is visiting Iowa in an effort to elect a Democratic Governor in 2014, and not to "sow seeds" for his own presidential ambitions. O'Malley is the chair of the Democratic Governors' Association. He told reporters he was asked by Senator Tom Harkin to attend the fall fundraiser, which is traditionally a common stop for early White House aspirants.
Revenue Collections Lagging in West Virginia
Coal production in West Virginia is down, and that has an impact on the state's revenue collections. State tax collections for August were approximately $14 million below estimates; collections for the state severance tax were also down, $10 million below estimates. Most other taxes exceeded estimates, but personal income tax collections missed estimates by nearly $14 million.