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Federal Funding Requests Include $8.6 Million for Local Projects | New

CUMBERLAND – The senses. Americans Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced $8.6 million in federal funding requests for a series of projects in western Maryland.

The designated investments are part of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s annual funding legislation for fiscal year 2023.

“These resources will advance efforts on the ground to prepare people for well-paying jobs, improve public safety, strengthen our infrastructure and much more,” Van Hollen said via press release. “I was proud to work with local leaders and community partners to identify these important investments in western Maryland.”

The projects receiving the largest requests are $6 million for the Canal Place river park project and $1 million for water and sanitation improvements in the city of Grantsville.

According to the release, plans for the river park, which would be located on the North Arm of the Potomac River behind Canal Place, include trails, whitewater features and river access for boating and fishing to to create a destination for hikers and cyclists and use by local residents.

Federal funding for the attraction includes trail design, engineering and construction of the on-grade trail system, wetland trail boardwalk, trail gazebo, small pedestrian bridge, railing , landscaping, signage and a paved parking area.

The $1 million allocation to the City of Grantsville will improve the sewer system owned and operated by Garrett County Public Utilities. The existing treatment process is unable to consistently meet ammonia needs and the funding will go towards upgrading treatment and improved nutrient removal technologies, according to the release.

A total of $500,000 is being sought for Frostburg State University for a teacher residency program. FSU’s Maryland Accelerates program provides a living stipend to students in the Master of Arts in Education program and matches them with teacher mentors at participating local schools so they can serve full-time for one school year as a resident and earn their master’s degree on an accelerated schedule. .

The program allows future teachers to develop relationships in the community and encourages teacher retention in the region, while meeting the schools’ staffing needs during their residency.

Since its launch in 2019, three cohorts of students have participated. Federal funds will expand the program to additional cohorts for placement in Frederick County.

Plans for a daycare center in Frostburg include a request for $444,000. The funds will be used to build the Frostburg Daycare Center in the Frostburg Community Park area.

The new space will house the city’s first daycare center serving children of all ages, supporting low-income families with children up to age 3, and offering a summer day camp.

A $250,000 application has been submitted to the Evergreen Heritage Center in Mount Savage to establish a 5.5-mile spur of the Great Allegheny Passage that would allow hikers to explore the 131-acre center.

The Evergreen Trail project will establish a predefined 4.5-mile hiking trail that will connect the GAP to the existing one-mile-long Evergreen Coal Trail, which historically carried coal from deep hillside mines to the railroad. The resulting natural surface trail will allow hikers and local students to experience dozens of features and exhibits of historical and environmental interest, all accessible from the GAP and the adjacent Western Maryland Scenic Railway.

A total of $375,000 is being sought for the construction of a new ADA-compliant City Hall in Midland to replace the current aging and outdated structure that dates from the city’s founding in 1900. The building will be equipped with broadband, Wi-Fi and workstations, as well as a multipurpose room for community activities.

A $41,000 request has been submitted for the Allegany County Emergency Operations Center to upgrade security and its Wi-Fi system to meet cybersecurity and capacity demands.

The funding bill will be considered by the full Senate. Funding is not finalized until the appropriation bills are passed by the Senate, reconciled with the House of Representatives and signed by President Joe Biden.