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Cumberland Times News (Newspaper) - December 9, 1999, Cumberland, Maryland thursday fat Cumberland la y limes news see weather 8d serving Western Maryland amp the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia knee injury spells end for rockets Charles Barkley. See sports id vol. 62 a no. 290 Cumberland Maryland thursday december 9,1999 daily 50c sunday $1.25 Home delivery 39cpaneldebates school budget one member says nothing left to Cut Joe Marra times news staff writer Cumberland a after 2 1/2 hours of oftentimes heated discussion and debate during tuesdays stakeholders budget advisory commission meeting members ultimately asked commission chairman and school Board member Tim Woodring to make two recommendations to the Allegany county Board of education pertaining to the 2000-01 school budget. A we recommend that the Board of education direct staff to provide us with a current representation of the 2000-01 budget a said commission member Mike Davis. A we also request that the Board of education vote to endorse the concept of a countywide comprehensive reconfiguration of the Allegany county school according to Davis it would be virtually impossible for the commission to discuss next years school budget without first addressing the Issue of consolidation or redistricting. A i see no alternative. What Are we going to do if we done to receive the Bridge funding that the Board is counting so heavily upon How Are we going to open the doors next year we re at that very critical Point a said Davis. John Wagoner assistant superintendent of administration and finance for Allegany county schools said there were still some avenues that could be considered. A we went through this same thing last Spring when we were putting together this years budget a Wagoner said. A we had to Cut some things then Davis said the schools had nothing left to Cut. A the very things we Cut last year a teachers assistants graphing calculators for students a Are the same things being requested this year a Davis said. A even if we could Cut those things again it still come close to giving us the amount of Money we need to operate our schools. There has to be some substantial financial gain made and the Only Way i see that happening anytime soon is through consolidation. I Haven to heard any viable option present see panel debates a 7a_ schools May soon serve new purpose Joe Marra times news staff writer Cumberland a citizens from mount Savage Oldtown and Flintstone hooked up with Allegany College via close circuit television wednesday night to discuss various ideas for proposed Community development programs. A a we re still trying to work out some kinks a said Jim Stevenson Community development Center coordinator who headed the meeting from the distance learning lab at the College. A the goal Here tonight is to bring each of these communities together to discuss and share turning the three outer lying schools into Community development centers is an idea championed by Allegany county superintendent of schools see a school a 7a _ detention Center Issue May heat up Ball in sheriffs court As county leaders Eye code Home Rule Bill Sam Shawver times news staff writer Cumberland a the Battle Over who will control the county jail could escalate during today a meeting of the Allegany county Board of commissioners. The session begins at 9 . In the county office Complex. Sheriff David goad whose department is currently in charge of the facility has been asked to make a Public presentation on his proposal for staffing the county a new detention Center. But the commissioners have also requested county attorney Bill Rudd to prepare a code Home Rule Bill for possible introduction that would define How the Center could be operated under authority of the county commission. A this is goads second bite of the Apple a said commission president Dale Lewis. A a we be asked him to give his presentation in Public and want to know his thoughts on the detention Center goad was out of town during the commissions last meeting when county finance director Jerry Frantz reported on the sheriffs staffing recommendations based on a study by the state department of corrections. According to the proposal it would take More than $3.7 million annually to pay for staffing at the new detention Center. Frantz estimated that would require a 19-cent property tax increase to fund the by 2001 budget. Following the report commissioner Walter Bosley motioned that the county commissioners begin looking into the possibility of bringing the Center under control of the Allegany county commission. Bosley noted that detention centers in 13 of Maryland a 23 counties Are currently under their county commissions authority and said the move would help provide better fiscal control of the facility. The measure passed in a 2-1 vote. Commissioner Jim Stakem said he was against the measure because he Felt the sheriff should see a detention Center a 7a Index births.6b deaths.6b bridge.4d editorial.6a business.6-7d movies.5d class. Ads.5-8c scoreboard.3d comics word 4d sports.1-3d daily break.5d television.5d datebook.2a West Virginia.2b email us Legg Mason funds putting value investing to work for you 301 722-1200 or 800 727-6063 funds flu Art of investing Legg Mason Wood Walker inc. Member nose i be member Sec wow. Teg Mason. 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The report was prepared by the Western Maryland economic development task forces Law enforcement subcommittee. The subcommittee of six members recommends unification of Law enforcement As a Means of a providing the Best configuration for efficient and effective Law subcommittee members include chairman Kelly Dick Allegany county finance director Jerry Yantz Allegany county sheriff David goad Frostburg police chief William Evans and Michael Mattingly commander of Maryland state police Barrack a la Vale. Maryland speaker of the House Casper Taylor said neither Connors letter nor the less than warm reception the report received at lies Day a meeting of the Cumberland mayor and Council changes the goals of the subcommittee. A was i understand it the work group is recommending one countywide police department. All the task Force can do is endorse it. It is then up to the governing bodies within the county the county government and the municipal governments to either embrace it or reject it a Taylor said. Taylor said that a countywide Force is not a ground breaking idea and that several Maryland counties Are policed that Way. According to figures from the Maryland municipal league five of 23 Maryland counties Are policed by a countywide Force Anne Arundel Baltimore Howard Montgomery and Prince a while we appreciate the time and Energy invested in this study we do not feel a consolidation of services is in the Best interest of the citizens of the Frostburg Robert Connor police commissioner Georges. With its sheriffs department and five municipal police departments Allegany county has a a typical Rural county setup a said Kevin Best manager for research at Mil. A the situation that you have in Allegany county with municipal police departments and the sheriff is very typical a Best said. A a it a those suburban municipalities that have a county police department that would be atypical. Quot Best said that the Cool local reaction to the idea of a county wide Force probably be too surprising. A people feel they lose autonomy they feel they lose that one on one that Community police officer relationship to a larger bureaucracy oriented police service a Best said. A when you Start to Peel that onion of Why people Are against getting rid of municipal police departments you re getting Down to the Root of Why people like to have municipal government in the first Mattingly said he sees no reason a countywide Force work locally but that work needs to take place to help citizens see the merits. The report cites More efficient police service and less Cost. While actual Cost savings Haven to yet been determined Mattingly said Cost could prove a top concern in the future. A there Are a lot of unknowns a he said. A is Cumberland going to continue to lose population and tax base if so How Long can they support the police department As it is a goad emphasized that the draft report is just that a draft and that none of the subcommittee members had signed off on it before it was printed in the news see a Frostburg a 7a Mark Simons times news members of the Garrett choral society re evangelical free Church in Mountain Lake Hearse for their Christmas program at Faith Park earlier this society delivering message through music Garrett singers Hope to narrow focus of Holiday to Donaldson times news staff writer Mountain Lake Park a the Garrett choral society wants people to focus on the real meaning of Christmas As its members share their musical talents with the Community this year. A it is very important that we get this message across a said director Nancy Learey. A the Joy of Christmas will be presented at Faith evangelical free Church in Mountain Lake Park on Friday and saturday at 7 30 . And sunday at 2 . A i feel strongly that we Are _ bringing a message to the people through music a Learey r v said. The concert will include Antonio Vivaldi so Gloria a As Well As traditional and contemporary pieces such As a did Mary know a a Carol of the stable a do you hear what i hear a and a Mary had a Learey and 64 singers with the Garrett choral society have been rehearsing for the past three months. A they dedicate every sunday night for three months to this a she said. Besides singing they do a lot of Grunt work such As setting up chairs and moving furniture. A it is a major production a said Learey. A i think that is what makes us such a family this working together. They Are Johnson a a a al no a roup of i1� they have a love of music and just want to be a part of it. A a it is a Busy time of the year a said Beth Johnson a but it brings Christmas to Light the real meaning of Christmas. Its such a Joy to sing the music. The meaning of the words personally make such a difference to she said it does no to add to the business of the season but offers a time of reflection and thanks. Mark Simons times news Muriel Robinson franc is assisted by Adam Sincell As she accompanies the group. A it is Beautiful Christmas music with a lot of familiar pieces and a Gloria a which is a Challenge to Johnson said she has been thrilled with the amount of Talent in Garrett county. A it is just amazing. People come from All Over to sing in the choir. It is really an Honor and Nancy is an outstanding director. She brings the Best out of a it is so Well suited for this time of year a said Marcene Huebner Swanton. A it involves the real reason of Christmas. The text of Vivaldi so Gloria is an expansion of the song of the Angels at Jesus birth. It goes on to express More Joy and Praise to Carolyn Deverse of Swanton looks Forward to the concert As the beginning of the Christmas season. A i love singing and Nancy always gives us Beautiful challenging music a she said. Doris Gaskill Oakland who has been with the choral society sue years said a this has really been a Challenge i would never have Sung these see a choral society a 7a

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