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Cumberland Mayor Ray Morriss Talks About First Year In Office

January 2nd, 2020 by WCBC Radio

As his first year in office winds down, Cumberland Mayor Ray Morriss tells WCBC News that he is perhaps most proud of the city council’s work to change perceptions and attitudes about the city. He said while there remains a great deal of work to do, he believes many people are getting excited about the large number of major projects in various stages of development such as the re-opening of the downtown mall- and the proposed River Park at Canal Place…


8 Responses to “Cumberland Mayor Ray Morriss Talks About First Year In Office”

  1. January 02, 2020 at 8:58 am, Kevin said:

    Meanwhile, maybe the city could be more responsible in boarding up and better securing the city’s rotting properties so they don’t become fire spots. Mayor Morriss inherited a sloppy mess from the Grimm reaper, but the continued trashing of the Rolling Mill area by neglect of properties the city or CEDC owns / controls and turning Celia street into a diesel dumping bus depot and a traffic nightmare reflects very badly on the city and abuses taxpayers who are entitled the enjoyment and safety of their own properties. Come on Ray,we deserve better.


  2. January 02, 2020 at 10:08 am, Hank said:

    I have not been to impressed by the new mayor and city council. Cumberland needs to attract jobs and business not just tourism.


    • January 02, 2020 at 12:15 pm, Dan said:

      > How would you fix it “Hank”? AKA Brian Grimm


  3. January 02, 2020 at 10:10 am, mac said:

    The Mayor spouts the line supplied to him by the PR firm in the employ of the City.
    These projects, none of which are even started, do anything to provide meaningful long term employment to the citizens of this area. All of these things are tourist/visitor oriented. Warm weather, weekend, time wasters. What will the River Park do when November rolls around? Who will walk the newly renovated and still empty Mall come January?
    People continue to leave the area. Student enrollment continues to decline. Properties are abandoned and fall into disrepair and decay.
    The City should be finding ways to provide a livelihood for it’s citizens, all of it’s citizens not the hotel and restaurant owners hoping to cash in on the weekend visitors.
    Why does this continue to happen year after year? The Mall has been there since the 80′s, look what it’s become. Will a new coat of paint really make a difference?
    I wish that I had an easy answer but I don’t. The City thinks they have an easy answer but they don’t either.


  4. January 02, 2020 at 11:51 am, Brian said:

    I think it is time to realize no saying business owner is going to put their business and a state the tells them what kind of benefits they are going to give their employees and how to run their business there needs to be more cooperation with Pennsylvania and West Virginia that have a chance at getting businesses to move to the area all you see on the news is how many businesses cannot find enough employees that is the situation with the buses going to jobs in West Virginia it needs to be an area wide effort


  5. January 02, 2020 at 11:54 am, Brian said:

    Talk to text correction sane business owner


  6. January 02, 2020 at 11:59 am, mac said:

    Comment no. 4, WHAT?


  7. January 02, 2020 at 1:23 pm, Zufall said:

    If I was the mayor (thank God I am not) I would not be attaching my name to the destruction of the Baltimore Street Mall. Let it go down as the disaster of Paul Kelly and Larry Jackson. It will destroy the heart of our city and replace it with a racetrack to the east-side. All because Kelly can’t get the money from the state without the earmarked road provision. Shame on Kelly and the Western Maryland Delegation (McKay, Buckle, and Bitzel)for accepting this demand from the state. Kelly doesn’t even have full funding for this disaster yet.


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