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The Contributions of Rural Maryland to Our Shared Quality of Life:
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September is National Recovery Month: Allegany County Health Department representatives accepted a proclamation from the Allegany County Commissioners. The Allegany County Health Department is an important resource for individuals in our community. It is important to understand that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover from mental and/or substance abuse disorders. Read More.

Allegany County Fairgrounds Master Plan
Convergence Design was retained by Allegany County to develop a Facilities Master Plan for the Allegany County Fairgrounds, a 151 acre property along the Potomac River used for a variety of public and recreational functions. Read More

Approved Guidelines: 
Allegany County Community Enhancement Program

The purpose of the Allegany County Community Enhancement Program is to provide grant funds to municipalities within Allegany County for the purposes of purchasing and demolishing blighted residential buildings and financing business building improvements, thus assisting in the elimination of blight. The link is for the guidelines for the Program. Review Guidelines

Midway Point of Appeal Period for Property Owners: Federal Government Is Revising Flood Plain Maps Across the Nation:

Midway Point of Appeal Period for Property Owners  Federal Government Is Revising Flood Plain Maps Across the Nation Flood plain maps are undergoing a major review and revision process. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been working for several years to update the flood insurance rate maps. These maps are utilized by FEMA to support the National Flood Insurance Program. Allegany County Government mailed detailed information earlier this year to property owners whose properties within the unincorporated areas of the county have been identified as "directly affected" by the flood plain map revision.  The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) had a presentation and question and answer session in Allegany County last month. Interested property owners are encouraged to review additional information at the following websites:

Determination made by the Federal Emergency Management Agency may be appealed through August 30, 2016. The Allegany County Land Development Services Office can assist all property owners whose property is in an unincorporated area of Allegany County. The telephone number is 301-777-5951.

State of Maryland Public Service Commission Public Notice: Dan's Mountain Wind Force, LLC Public Hearings: Read More.

Valentine Accepts Statewide Appointment: Commissioner William B. Valentine will serve on the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education. Established by the Maryland General Assembly, this premier group is charged with analyzing and reforming K-12 public education funding. Valentine co-chairs the Maryland Association of Counties Education Subcommittee.  Based on his MACo experience and with the construction of a new Allegany High School, Valentine asserts that re-thinking education in the State of Maryland is a must.

Allegany County Contiuum of Care Request for Proposals for FY16 Competition Seeking New and Renewal Projects
The Allegany County Continuum of Care has released the FY16 Request for Proposals for New and Renewal CoC Projects.  Completed applications are due by August 21, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Please see the RFP for complete instructions. If Technical Assistance is needed, please contact Courtney Thomas at (301) 777-5970 or


Fire Hydrant Flushing Schedule: The Allegany County Department of Public Works Utilities Division has scheduled fire hydrant this summer. Residents may experience some water discoloration during the flushing process. Mark W. Yoder, PE, Utilities Division Chief, recommends that residents run water for several minutes until it is clear before using it. Read July Schedule. Read August Schedule.

LaVale Cardboard Recycling Change: On Friday, July 29, 2016, Allegany County Government's cardboard/paperboard recycling site is moving from LaVale Plaza to the Life Fitness Management (Staples/Grand China Buffet) parking lot, 1228 National Highway, LaVale. Read More.

Notice of Public Meeting - Upper Potomac River Commission

The commissioners of the Upper Potomac River Commission will meet in regular quarterly session Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at noon at the Upper Potomac River Commission, 528 Maryland Avenue, Westernport, Maryland. This meeting was previously scheduled for August 3, 2016, but has been rescheduled.The meeting is open to the public. The commission reserves the right to conduct part of the meeting in closed session upon the vote of a majority of the commissioners to consider any matter that may be considered in closed session under 3-305 of the State General Provisions Article of the Maryland Code.  

Town of Westernport Honors Commissioner Valentine:
The Mayor and Council commended Allegany County Commissioner William R. Valentine for his continued support, kindness, and generosity.  Commissioner Valentine has consistently attended the monthly meetings of the Mayor and Council since taking office in 2010. The Mayor and Council recently presented a commemorative plaque to Commissioner Valentine. 

Cyber Solutions: Counties in the Digital Age: There is not aspect of government service that is untouched by the evolution of the digital age. The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference will focus on all the ways county governments can lead with, and prepare for, the latest technology trends. The Allegany County Commissioners, Jacob C. Shade, Creade V. Brodie, Jr., and William R. Valentine, County Administrator David A. Eberly, and Director of Human Resources Brian P. Westfall will attend. Two thousand participants are expected at Ocean City's Roland Powell Convention Center, August 17-20. Commissioner Valentine serves on the MACo Board of Directors. He also co-chairs MACo's Education Subcommittee and is a member of the Legislative Committee and the Initiatives Subcommittee. Read More.

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.

Allegany County Board of Zoning Appeals

  • 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  21502-2882, T 301-777-2526 X 124,


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