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Part Two- Cumberland's New Economic Development Strategy, a Personal Perspective PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Bolyard   
Sunday, 27 September 2015 14:57

 Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part story featuring the City of Cumberland’s plans to purchase homes in four City neighborhoods to make way for potential development projects. Part one provided a general overview of the story based on recent news stories and social media postings. Part two provides the personal perspective of Susan Bolyard, a Cumberland resident of the Rolling Mills area who has been contacted by City officials.

I live in the Rolling Mill area and since the Cumberland Times-News has finally decided to break the news about what the Cumberland Mayor and City Council are doing, I also wanted my side, along with many others in my area, to be out there.

I was contacted a month ago and was offered the tax assessment ...

Why We Must Listen to Pope Francis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by From the Bernie for 2016 Campaign   
Saturday, 26 September 2015 08:19

"If politics must truly be at the service of the human person, it follows that it cannot be a slave to the economy and finance. Politics is, instead, an expression of our compelling need to live as one, in order to build as one the greatest common good: that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share, in justice and peace, its goods, its interests, its social life. I do not underestimate the difficulty that this involves, but I encourage you in this effort." - Pope Francis addressing Congress today

Brothers and Sisters: I am not a theologian, an expert on the Bible, or a Catholic. I am just a U.S. senator from the small state of Vermont.

But I am emailing you today to discuss Pope Francis in the hope that we can examine the very profound lessons ...

New Cumberland Board Must Be Secret, Public is Told PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andy Duncan   
Sunday, 13 September 2015 18:10

By Andy Duncan

The secret weapon of the new Cumberland Economic Development Corporation is secrecy.

That was the message delivered by Shawn Hershberger, the city’s economic development coordinator, to the Sept. 10 public meeting of the Allegany County Democratic Central Committee.

The new non-profit corporation to which the city is transferring its economic development operation will do its work in secret, Hershberger told his audience in an upstairs meeting room at Queen City Creamery in downtown Cumberland.

“We are exempt from public meeting and public records laws,” Hershberger said.

He explained that meant the board of the new corporation would have no public meetings, no publicly available minutes, no publicly available correspondence, no ...

Last Updated on Monday, 14 September 2015 14:45
Group Forms to Promote Open Government and Civic Participation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andy Duncan   
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 13:19

A new group of community members has formed to promote an open and transparent government and civic participation in Allegany County. Seventeen initial signees have joined the effort. Their Open Allegany Pledge is provided below. More information can be found at http. openallegany.blogspot.com/

Open Allegany Pledge

We the undersigned, all of whom live, work, study or own property in Allegany County, Maryland, or are natives of the county, affirm our belief in open government and open community, and pledge to hold all decision makers to these inseparable principles.

To us, open government means decisions affecting the public are at every level open to public examination and discussion. We oppose back-room deals, cronyism, and the routine secrecy that ...

Budget Message from Allegany Board of County Commissioners PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Allegany County Board of Commissioners   
Friday, 29 May 2015 07:28

Budget Message

May 28, 2015


Dear Allegany County Residents,


     The goals of the Board of County Commissioners are summarized each fiscal year in our budget. Our budget reflects a conservative tone, as the county continues to feel the effects of the great recession.


     This budget was developed and presented to the general public for input. Over 20 outside agencies presented funding requests at a public hearing. Two public work sessions and three public hearings were held for the budget in its entirety.


   For the coming fiscal year, the county’s real estate tax revenue is expected to continue its decline due to falling property assessments. We are able to project ...


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