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The Contributions of Rural Maryland to Our Shared Quality of Life:
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Earth Day: Allegany County Commissioners William R. Valentine, left, back to camera, and Jacob C. Shade, center with shovel, joined with students to plant trees at the Allegany County Fairgrounds.


Earth Day 2015 Tree Planting Project

The Allegany County Department of Public Works has partnered with the Allegany County Public School System and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to complete a tree planting project at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. Two dozen larger, established trees provided by the DNR “Gift of Trees” program will be planted. Approximately 120 public school students are expected to participate.


This project will help to compensate for the recent loss of large ash trees diseased by Emerald Ash Borer at the fairgrounds. This project also continues Allegany County Government’s environmental efforts to help the Chesapeake Bay. Allegany County has planted more than 65 acres of trees over the last three years funded by former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley’s Stream Restoration Challenge in support of the County’s Watershed Implementation Plan to meet Chesapeake Bay cleanup goals.

Allegany-Mineral Crime Solvers Symposium: The Allegany-Mineral Counties Crime Solvers, in coordination with law enforcement, prosecutors, county health departments and political and community leaders, will hold a symposium on crime and related issues affecting both counties. The public is encouraged to attend this first event on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Allegany College of Maryland Theatre. Questions may be directed to Martin Walsh, 443-803-0067,


Upper Potomac River Commission Public Meeting: The commissioners of the Upper Potomac River Commission will meet in regular quarterly session on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at noon at the Upper Potomac River Commission, 528 Maryland Avenue, Westernport, Maryland. The meeting is open to the public. Read Public Meeting Notice.


Public Hearings - May 7, 2015 Allegany County Commissioners Public Meeting
Background Information for: Savage Pumping Station Generator, Frostburg Water Treatment Plant Generator, Housing Buyout in Flood Plains, Bowling Green Water Project, Moss Avenue Water Project, and Rawlings Water Project.
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Health Department National Accreditation

The health department is one of only 50 local health departments in the United States to achieve national accreditation. The Allegany County Commissioners, William R. Valentine, Creade V. Brodie, and Jacob C. Shade, recently recognized this achievement.  President Valentine has known Dr. Sue V. Raver, Allegany County Health Officer, for 30 years. He stated: “The health department’s national accreditation was achieved under Dr. Raver’s exemplary leadership. She spearheaded this effort. Sue Raver has been a tremendous asset for Allegany County. With her upcoming retirement, she will be truly missed.” Left to right: Commissioners Shade and Brodie, Deputy Health Officer Patrick J. Panuska, Dr. Raver, and President Valentine. Read Citation.

Compost Site Spring Hours Begin Wednesday, April 1: The site will be open five days a week from 10 am to 6 pm: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Read More.

Week of the Young Child Proclaimed
Amy E. Weaver, Educational Consultant, represented the Western Maryland Association of the Education of the Young Child, and accepted a proclamation from the Allegany County Commissioners. Read Proclamation

Fair Housing Month

he Fair Housing Act of 1968 is an important federal law which guarantees the right of all Americans to live in the neighborhood of their choice. Fair Housing Month is celebrated every April. Allegany County Economic and Community Development Representative David K. Nedved accepted the proclamation from the Allegany County Commissioners. Read Proclamation.




Allegany County Government’s budgeting process is continuing for FY 2016(July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) according to Director of Finance Jason M. Bennett, CPA. The Allegany County Commissioners, William R. Valentine, Creade V. Brodie, Jr., and Jacob C. Shade, invite the general public to attend all events. All budget sessions are held at the Allegany County Office Building, 701 Kelly Road, Cumberland.  


Schedule of Events as of April 24, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

Preliminary Budget Presentation and First Public Hearing

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Five -Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget Presentation and First Public Hearing
Preliminary Budget Second Public Hearing

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

Preliminary Budget Third Public Hearing

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Allegany County FY 2016 Budget Adoption
Five Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget Adoption


Historical Budget Information

Allegany County’s historical budget information is presented on the website, From the homepage select departments, select finance, select budget. Fiscal years 2000 - 2015 are available.


BIKES FOR THE WORLD: Donate old bikes and sewing machines to help those in need. The collection is Saturday, May 16, at Canal Place, from 10 am to noon. Read Flyer.



Telephone Book Recycling Campaign Is Underway

A partnership effort of the County Commissioners, the Solid Waste Management Board, and the Allegany County Board of Education, this continues through Friday, April 24. Telephone books related to Allegany County may be recycled at participating schools. Read More.



Pursuant to Section 360-64 of the Code of Public Laws of Allegany County, Notice is hereby given that the Planning and Zoning Commission of Allegany County will be accepting testimony on a Text Amendment at a public hearing on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 5:00 P.M.   County staff requests that text be amended in LaVale Zoning Part II – B, regulating the Rural Residential zoning district, adding among the Uses Permitted in §A, “21 - Cellular, relay, repeating and transmitting towers” subject to setback and decommissioning conditions.    County staff requests that text be amended in LaVale Zoning Part II – D, regulating the Commercial B zoning district, adding a new §B, “Special Exceptions” and §B.1. “Cellular, relay, repeating and transmitting towers” subject to setback and decommissioning conditions.    LaVale Zoning Ordinance provides no guidance on which County staff may base a decision regarding permit inquiries regarding cel towers.  These text amendments to LaVale Zoning County regulations are taken verbatim from County Code. The hearing will take place in Room 100 of the County Office Building, located at 701 Kelly Road, Cumberland MD.  Interested parties are welcome to attend and may view the proposed text amendment here or by contacting the Division of Planning Services at 301-876-9546.   

Planning & Zoning Commission of Allegany County
Mr. E. William DuVall, II, Chair


Allegany County Government Hosts Leadership Allegany! Local Government Day: Leadership Allegany! is dedicated to promoting positive change by creating a network of leaders with a clear understanding of the community and a commitment to its advancement within and beyond Mountain Maryland. Beth Thomas, Allegany County Information Technology Coordinator, was the lead person for Local Government Day. There are 24 members of the Class of 2015. Read More. 

Valentine in Annapolis: Allegany County Commissioner William R. Valentine was asked by the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) to testify before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in support of the restoration of highway user revenue to local government. Allegany County plummeted from $4,600,000 in FY 2008 to $462,965 in the current fiscal year budget. Valentine, second from right, is seen during the proceedings in Annapolis on February 11.

Read More: MACo

Read More: Allegany County Letter of Support

2015 Pre-PACE Meeting - Water and Sewer Project Funding

The Allegany County Department of Public Works utilizes the opportunity of the annual PACE Reception and Breakfast in Annapolis to organize a comprehensive review of important county water and sewer projects with state and federal officials. All Allegany County municipalities which have water and/or sewer facilities are invited to participate and present their own water and sewer projects. This all-day planning and discussion session, the “Pre-PACE” meeting, focuses on current as well as proposed water and sewer projects. These projects may be in the planning, design, or construction phase. These projects are expensive, complex, and have long-term implications.This annual meeting is instrumental in ultimately securing financial commitments for water and sewer projects. PACE is the magnet and it attracts not only state officials but also federal officials. Key representatives from those agencies which fund water and sewer projects are gathered in Annapolis for the PACE Reception and Breakfast and attend the Pre-PACE meeting. The Allegany County Department of Public Works obtained funding for two recent noteworthy public water projects – one in Mount Savage and one for the Rawlings area – at Pre-PACE meetings. Now, the majority of Allegany County residents have access to public water.


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development had three representatives:Denise MacLeish, Community Development Director, and Kendra Harmon and Brandi Burwell, Area Specialists, Office of Community Programs.


The Maryland Department of the Environment was represented by Walid Saffouri, Program Director, Office of Budget, Gary Magaziner, Senior Engineer, Office of Budget, Walter Lara, Administrator, Water Quality Financing, Chris Carski, Compliance Engineer, Engineering & Tech Division, Joe Bratchie, Compliance Engineer, Office of Budget, and Barry O’Brien, Division Chief, Water Supply.


The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) had three representatives: Cindy Stone, Director, Office of Community Programs, Anne Stringer, Assistant Director, Office of Community Programs, and Charles Day, Manager, Local Government Finance Program.


Allegany County Government was represented at the 2015 Pre-Pace meeting by County Commissioners William R. Valentine, Creade V. Brodie, Jr., and Jacob C. Shade and staff. Frostburg, Lonaconing, and Westernport were represented by elected officials and the LaVale Sanitary Commission also participated.


The presentation by the Allegany County Director of Public Works Paul F. Kahl, P.E., at the Allegany County Commissioner’s public business meeting on January 29, 2015 can be viewed here.


The PACE events, hosted by the Cumberland-Allegany County Industrial Foundation, Inc. (CACIF) and the Garrett County Development Corporation, were held on January 22 and 23, 2015 at the Lowes Annapolis Hotel. The PACE website is

The Planning and Zoning Commission of Allegany County has scheduled a public hearing regarding parking. Read More. Part 4 Zoning

Continuum of Care Program: This is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. The Priority Listing for Allegany County COC FY 2014 Projects is attached. Read more.

A Bill Entitled: “Solar Energy Systems Regulations”




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Dan's Mountain Wind Farm
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BILL NO. 1-15 A Bill Entitled: “Amendment to Off-Street Parking Standards” 



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Rawlings & Rt. 220 Water & Sewer Projects Fact Sheet