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Allegany County FY 2017 Budget Process

The Allegany County Commissioners, Jacob C. Shade, Creade V. Brodie, Jr., and William R. Valentine, will have a public business on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Allegany County Office Building, 701 Kelly Road Room 100, Cumberland. According to Director of Finance Jason M. Bennett, CPA   Allegany County Governments FY 2017 Budget as well as the Five Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) FY 2017 FY 2021 are scheduled for adoption.  Read More.

Memorial Day: Allegany County Government offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016. Public transportation services will not be offered by Allegany County Transit. Read More.


Senator George C. Edwards Honored

State Comptroller Peter Franchot traveled to Garrett County to present the 2016 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award to Senator George E. Edwards. Allegany County Commissioner William R. Valentine also presented an official citation from The Board of County Commissioners to congratulate Senator Edwards on his selection as the 2016 Garrett County honoree. This prestigious award is named for the late Governor of Maryland and is given to one individual in each of Maryland's counties and Baltimore City. Left to right: State Comptroller Peter Franchot, State Senator George C. Edwards, and Allegany County Commissioner William R. Valentine.


Telephone Book Recycling Campaign Results
4,766 Telephone Books Recycled and Diverted from the Landfill

The 24th annual telephone book recycling campaign, held during the 2015 2016 academic year, was successful. This is organized and managed every year by the Allegany County Commissioners, the Allegany County Solid Waste Management Board, and the Allegany County Board of Education. Students from public as well as private schools in Allegany County are invited to participate and collect out-of-date telephone books and 17 contributed to the collection effort.  Read More


May is National Mental Health Month: Recovery is possible at all stages of mental illness, but the earlier you take action, the easier it is to get better. Lesa Diehl, third from left, Mental Health System's Office, Allegany County Health Department, accepted a proclamation from the Allegany County Commissioners. Read Proclamation.

Public Hearings Background Information for Community Development and Housing Needs:  Sunnyside and Prince Albert Water Project, Housing Buyout in Flood Plains, and Bowling Green Water Project. Read More

Public Notice

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 May 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. County staff requests that text be amended in LaVale Zoning Part III  -  B, regulating Business Signs, adding J, as follows: "J. On-site Business signs may be constructed up to 72.5' in height in the CA, CB and CC zoning districts, if located within 2000' of the centerlines of the east and westbound drive lanes of I-68. "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.


Legendary Pitching Coach for the Atlanta Braves

The Allegany County Commissioners, Jacob C. Shade, Creade V. Brodie, Jr., William R. Valentine, publicly recognized Leo David Mazzone, who was raised in Westernport and had a stellar professional baseball career. The County Commissioners proclaimed the opening day of the 2016 baseball season, Monday, April 4, as Leo Mazzone Day in Allegany County. Read Proclamation. This recognition of Leo Mazzone was during the public business meeting on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Allegany County Government Office Building, 701 Kelly Road - Room 100, Cumberland. Mazzone's autographed photograph is now displayed in the public meeting room. The inscription states: Leo David Mazzone, 40 Year Professional Baseball Career, Atlanta Braves' Pitching Coach, 1995 World Series Champions, Allegany County Native. View Video

Two years ago the Allegany County Commissioners began a new tradition in our community. Individuals with ties to Allegany County who have contributed to this national pastime are honored now on the opening day of the professional baseball season. The late Lefty Grove, a Lonaconing native and National Baseball Hall of Fame member, was honored in 2014. Bobby Robertson, a native son who played professional baseball for 11 years and was a member of the1971 World Series Championship Pittsburgh Pirates Team, was honored last year.



Left:  Traditional red, white, and blue bunting greeted legendary pitching coach Leo Mazzone at the entrance of the Allegany County Office Building. Coach Mazzone's sons, Tony, left, and Nick, right, joined him for the public recognition event.







Top Right: Coach Mazzone joined the Allegany County Commissioners for the reading and presentation of the proclamation of Leo Mazzone Day. Left to right are Commissioners Creade V. Brodie, Jr. and William R. Valentine, Leo Mazzone, Commissioner Jacob C. Shade, and Leo Mazzone's sons, Tony and Nick Mazzone.


Bottom Right: Leo Mazzone was raised in Westernport. The Mayor of Westernport, J. Daniel Laffey,  attended the public recognition of Leo Mazzone. Melvin "Bucky" Shriver, who was instrumental in suggesting the initial recognition of the late Lefty Grove, also came to honor Coach Mazzone. Left to right are Commissioners Creade V. Brodie, Jr. and William R. Valentine, Mayor Laffey, Leo Mazzone, Bucky Shriver, and Leo Mazzone's sons, Tony and Nick Mazzone.


Buffalo Wild Wings: President Jacob C. Shade and Commissioner William R. Valentine represented the Allegany County Commissioners at the recent cutting ceremony for Buffalo Wild Wings. Known as the The Official Hangout for NCAA SPorts, this new eatery is located in LaVale. Read Citation

Compost Site Spring & Summer Hours:
The compost site's spring and summer schedule starts on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. It will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The supervised compost site is located in the North Branch Industrial Park, 11700 PPG Road. Read More.

Allegany County Sanitary Commission Meeting: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. at the Allegany County Office Building, 701 Kelly Road - Public Works Conference Room, Cumberland, Maryland. Questions may be directed to 301-777-5942 X 276.

Competitiveness Workgroup Initiative: Each County Commissioner appointed three individuals to this workgroup in April, 2015.The workgroup's report was presented by President Jacob C. Shade at the March 24, 2016 public business meeting. Read More.

Guess who is performing at the Allegany County Fair this summer? Advance tickets are on sale now for The Charlies Daniels Band, Chris Janson with Special Guest Jordan Feliz, and the Tenth Avenue North. Read More.

Maryland Youth Advisory Council: The County Commissioners welcomed the 2015-2016 MYAC members to Allegany County. The group attended the public business meeting on March 24, 2016.  MYAC was established through the Maryland General Assembly in 2008. View Website.

New Allegany County Health Officer  
Van T. Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), appointed Jenelle Mayer, MPH to be Allegany County's Health Officer. The appointment was official on March 30, 2016. The Allegany County Commissioners took formal action on February 25, 2016 to nominate Mayer for the position previously held by Dr. Sue V. Raver.  Jacob C. Shade, President of the Board of County Commissioners, stated: "We are very pleased to nominate an outstanding candidate for the position here in Allegany County. We are delighted to have Jenelle Mayer, an exceptional individual positioned to take this key leadership role in our community."  County Administrator David A. Eberly remarked: "The County's role in nominating a candidate to the Secretary of DHMH proved to be an arduous and lengthy assignment.  Given the quality of our candidate, it was well worth the wait."  The Allegany County Health Department offers a broad array of health services in the community ranging from extensive environmental programming to behavioral health services including mental health and addictions. The health department provides dental health and school health services as well as having responsibilities for public health preparedness.  The department has 310 employees and operates with a $22 million budget. Read More.

Fair Housing Month: A ZIP CODE SHOULD NOT DETERMINE A CHILD'S FUTURE: The Allegany County Commissioners proclaimed April 2016 to be Fair Housing Month in Allegany County. Left to right are County Commissioners William R. Valentine and Creade V. Brodie, Jr., Allegany County Economic and Community Development Representative David K. Nedved, and County Commissioner Jacob. C. Shade. Read More.


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  • Dans Mountain Wind Force, LLC Case 942 Findings of Fact.

  • Dans Mountain Wind Force, LLC Case 943 Findings of Fact.

Case 942 Case 943

Update 12/28/2015: Appeals filed regarding Board of Zoning Appeals decisions on Dans Mountain Wind Force zoning cases. Download document dispatched from the Circuit Court of Allegany County, Maryland, HERE.


Public Information Request Representative:

Allegany County Government's representative who is registered with the Office of the Attorney General as required by the Maryland General Assembly 2015 Regular Session House Bill 0674 is Bretta Reinhard, Public Information Officer, Allegany County Government, 701 Kelly Road, Cumberland, MD  21502-2803, T 301-777-2526 X 124,


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