WESTERNPORT - Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson gave a preliminary report to the Westernport council members on Monday evening dealing with a grant received from the Maryland governor's office to be used to “focus on the opioid epidemic.”

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
WESTERNPORT -  Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson gave a preliminary report to the Westernport council members on Monday evening dealing with a grant received from the Maryland governor’s office to be used to “focus on the opioid epidemic.”
He said the Crime Control Grant will “benefit Westernport,” and the funding will be used for overtime for the officers involved in the program.
Robertson gave a brief description of what will take place once the grant becomes effective, and he said that Allegany County will be divided into nine divisions, and “Barton and Westernport will be one of these divisions.”
He added that two deputies will be assigned to the Barton and Westernport division, and, “They will gather information” related to the opioid epidemic, with the information to be deciphered and reviewed.
Robertson mentioned ways to receive the drug-related information from the public is being investigated.
He said this program is “in the infancy stage,” and not only deals with the opioid epidemic, but could also include problems within the communities, as, “something discouraging to the public.”
Robertson has plans to issue a press release concerning the program, once full details become available.
In other business, two resolutions were accepted by the council members, and the results will be the purchase of a new plow truck for the community.
Alan Shapiro, finance commissioner, said the first resolution will be to take $50,000 from the restricted funds account and invest that amount in a CD.
The second resolution will involve the purchase of a one-ton 2020 Chevrolet dump truck, complete with plow and salt spreader.
Three bids for the truck was received and the contract was given for the purchase of the truck from Team One, of Oakland, Maryland