WESTERNPORT - A public hearing to receive comments on two completed community projects was an agenda item at the recent Westernport council meeting.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
WESTERNPORT - A public hearing to receive comments on two completed community projects was an agenda item at the recent Westernport council meeting.
Mayor Daniel Laffey said, “Excellent work was completed on both projects,” which included the structural repair on the Waverly Street bridge, which has been closed to traffic for months following a state inspection of the structure.
The additional project was the restoration of Ross Street that involved an excavation process and installation of a stone base and guardrails.
Laffey said the Waverly Street bridge repair cost was just under $216,000, and the Ross Street project had a price tag of $48,800.
In other business, commissioner Fred Pritts said a series of recent water-line repairs have been completed, and he mentioned, “As one repair was taken care of, another one was reported.”
He said that during the repair cycle, the one on Lincoln Street had been completed except for the clean-up around the area.
Pritts wanted to thank local citizen Jonathan Worgan, “Who took it upon himself to do the clean-up on Lincoln Street.”
Allegany County commissioner Bill Valentine, who was present at the council meeting, spoke about the opioid epidemic across the state, and said, “This problem has hit every county in Maryland.”
Adding to the local county opioid crisis, he said that at the price of $67 a dose for the drug overdose reversal Narcan, and, “Some people need several doses to be revived.”
Valentine said that as often happens those who are revived “then refuse to be transported by an ambulance” to a medical facility, which causes no reimbursement fees for the ambulance service.
He is looking to the future of perhaps a statewide initiative for rehabilitation of those using opioids.