Wicomico County http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Mixed Results for Eastern Shore County Bay Cleanup Efforts http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/mixed-results-eastern-shore-county-bay-cleanup-efforts <p>The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says three Eastern Shore counties have failed to file plans with the Maryland Department of the Environment to clean up the bay over the next two years.</p><p>Those were Caroline, Dorchester and Worcester Counties.</p><p>In addition, CBF and the Choose Clean Water Coalition noted that Dorchester had not submitted a milestone progress report.</p><p>Meanwhile, the environmental groups said that Wicomico County has secured $700-thousand in county and outside grants…to begin designing and installing clean-up measures.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:27:28 +0000 Don Rush 56109 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Mixed Results for Eastern Shore County Bay Cleanup Efforts Parents Complain About Board of Ed Decisions in Wicomico County http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/parents-complain-about-board-ed-decisions-wicomico-county <p>Parents told the Wicomico County Board of Education that they are upset by two recent decisions about where their children will attend school in the coming year.</p><p>During a public meeting yesterday that they said they were opposed to the district decision to consolidate its Magnet accelerated learning program.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that parents with children enrolled in the Magnet program at Pemberton Middle School complained about the decision to only have the program at North Salisbury Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:01:02 +0000 Don Rush 55803 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Parents Complain About Board of Ed Decisions in Wicomico County Another Property Tax Hike for Wicomico County Residents http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/another-property-tax-hike-wicomico-county-residents <p>Property taxes will go up again for the fifth straight year for Wicomico county property owners under a $129 million budget.</p><p>On a vote of 5-to-2 yesterday the County Council approved a hike of 5 percent in its annual budget.</p><p>This will increase the rate by 43 cents to $9.52 for every $1-thousand of assessed property value.</p><p>The increase will go into effect July 1<sup>st</sup><sup> </sup>and is needed to compensate for a decline of 2.5 percent in county property values.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Don Rush 55417 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Another Property Tax Hike for Wicomico County Residents Wicomico Residents Could See Property Taxes Go Up http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wicomico-residents-could-see-property-taxes-go <p>A property tax hike could be coming to Wicomico County in the 2015 fiscal year.</p><p>County Executive Rick Pollitt says that with the budget he is reviewing for the next fiscal year a three cent hike is needed just to break even.</p><p>The revenue cap would provide an extra penny.</p><p>WBOC reports that one of the key concerns is coming up with enough money for road maintenance since the state took away a great majority of their assistance.</p><p>In addition, Pollitt says he wants to put more money into education.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:46:13 +0000 Don Rush 52408 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wicomico Residents Could See Property Taxes Go Up Crime in Salisbury Sees Dramatic Decline http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/crime-salisbury-sees-dramatic-decline <p>The crime rate in Salisbury is at its lowest level in at least 10 years.</p><p>Part One crimes that include homicide, rape and robbery dropped to just 2,091 this past year -- close the target of 2,000 set by city officials in their efforts to bring down the crime rate.</p><p>There were three homicides in all of Wicomico County this year, compared with five in the county last year.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that of the 10-year span from 2004 to 2013, this was the first year there were no homicides within the city limits, though two were close to the city line.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:32:28 +0000 Don Rush 47653 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Crime in Salisbury Sees Dramatic Decline Producing Energy From Wicomico County Landfill http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/producing-energy-wicomico-county-landfill <p>SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Wicomico County officials are considering a plant at the county landfill to convert solid waste into energy-producing gas.</p><p>The Daily Times reports that supporters say the plant would create a new local energy source and help dispose of tons of chicken manure. County Public Works Director Lee Beauchamp and other officials met with regulators in Annapolis on Wednesday to discuss permitting hurdles for the $75 million project.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:59:32 +0000 Don Rush 47468 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Producing Energy From Wicomico County Landfill Wicomico County Revenue Cap Should Be Changed, Study says http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wicomico-county-revenue-cap-should-be-changed-study-says <p>Director of Administration Wayne Strausburg told the Wicomico County Council last night that a new study recommends changing the revenue cap on property the property tax.</p><p>The Sage Group study suggests that it switch from using the consumer price index to an index that measures components of government spending.&nbsp;</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Strausburg believes the revenue cap as it is currently use is flawed and should be changed through a public vote.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:00:41 +0000 Don Rush 42218 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wicomico County Revenue Cap Should Be Changed, Study says Wicomico Fees Go Up in July http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wicomico-fees-go-july <p>Starting July 1 Wicomico County restaurant inspections, building permits and some other health department services will be getting more expensive.</p><p>The County Council voted 4-to-3 for hikes in the fees that have not seen an increase for seven years.</p><p>These services range from public pool license and septic installations to permits for wells and sewage disposal systems.</p><p>Council President Matt Holloway, who supported the fee increase, told WBOC that he blamed unfunded mandates handed down by the state but added that the hikes seemed fair</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:56:32 +0000 Don Rush 35765 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wicomico Fees Go Up in July HIgh Court Upholds DNA Sampling for Arrestees in Maryland http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/high-court-upholds-dna-sampling-arrestees-maryland <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided Supreme Court says police can legally take DNA without a warrant from those arrested in hopes of using it to solve old cases.</p><p>The justices, on a 5-4 vote, say taking DNA samples from people who have been arrested for various crimes, long before their guilt or innocence has been proven, does not violate the Constitution.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:44:13 +0000 Don Rush 35320 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net HIgh Court Upholds DNA Sampling for Arrestees in Maryland Money Set Aside for Security at Wicomico Schools http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/money-set-aside-security-wicomico-schools <p>Wicomico County has set aside money for the upcoming fiscal year to increase security at public schools.</p><p>There is $1.8 million for school security and technology upgrades that would go for more surveillance cameras, buzz-in systems and security training.</p><p>Andy Turner, Coordinator of Safe Schools for the district, told WBOC that officials will start shoring up vulnerabilities of the schools whose average age in 43 years old.</p><p>He said that the district would prefer to spend its money on enhancing student’s education but there is a need to ensure that children feel safe.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 13:55:23 +0000 Don Rush 33925 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Money Set Aside for Security at Wicomico Schools Wicomico County Roads Still in Need of Repair http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wicomico-county-roads-still-need-repair <p></p><p>The list of road repairs in Wicomico County has been mounting over the years with county highway user fees going to transportation projects throughout the state.</p><p>This year the money the county is getting will see a major bump from $343-thousand in the last fiscal year to $615-thosuand in 2013.</p><p>But Wicomico County officials say that will still not make much of a dent in the backlog of highway projects that have zero funding.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:10:28 +0000 Don Rush 29392 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wicomico County Roads Still in Need of Repair Legislation Could Expand Alcohol Sales in MD http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/legislation-could-expand-alcohol-sales-md <p></p><p>There’s legislation in Annapolis that could provide a license to&nbsp; stores, grocery stores, convenience stores and drug stores to sell beer and wine.</p><p>In Wicomico County, there are few grocery stores that sell wine and beer.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they were grandfathered in during the mid-1990’s under article 2 B of the county’s alcohol law.</p><p>No new licenses have been issued for grocery stores to sell alcohol.</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:01:40 +0000 Don Rush 29350 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Legislation Could Expand Alcohol Sales in MD Property Assessments Drop in Wicomico County http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/property-assessments-drop-wicomico-county <P></P> <P>Residents of Wicomico County saw their property assessments drop by as much as 20 percent.</P> <P>That’s compared to a seven percent fall for the statewide average.</P> <P>Within the one-third of the county properties receiving reassessments 94 percent saw their home values decline.&nbsp;</P> <P>The upside is that homeowners should see their property taxes do down at least for the first year.</P> <P>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the county is expected to readjust the property tax rate to get the maximum amount of money under the revenue cap.</P> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:16:07 +0000 Don Rush 27497 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Property Assessments Drop in Wicomico County Septic System Info on a Postcard http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/septic-system-info-postcard <P>Facing compliance with Maryland’s new law restricting septic systems the Wicomico County Council will send out around 7-thousand postcards asking landowners to donate their property for a new designation that limits development.</P> <P>Newly elected council President Matt Holloway told the Salisbury Daily Times that many people he talked to did not even know about the septic bill.</P> <P>But they won’t be sent out right away.</P> <P>The Council wants to work out the wording get a better handle on how much it would cost and wait to send them out until after the holiday season.</P> <P>L Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:52:04 +0000 Don Rush 25626 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Septic System Info on a Postcard Henry Parker Died This Weekend http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/henry-parker-died-weekend <P>The longtime Wicomico County Council President Henry Parker died on Sunday, according to County officials.</P> <P>Parker was on the County Council from 1982 to 1998.</P> <P>The county’s athletic complex on Naylor Mill Road in Salisbury is named after Parker.&nbsp;</P> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 16:44:26 +0000 Don Rush 20331 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Henry Parker Died This Weekend Adjustments In Redistricting for Wicomico County http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/adjustments-redistricting-wicomico-county <P>The Wicomico County Council will take a look at some small changes in the redistricting map during its session tomorrow.</P> <P>There have been concerns about the cost and a number of precincts that have as few as four people.</P> <P>And the council members have asked officials to adjust small parts of the map before they give their blessing.</P> <P>The proposed redistricting plan would have increased the number of precincts from 38 to 50 at a cost of $800 a piece.</P> <P>Council member Stevie Prettyman told the Salisbury Daily Times it’s important because the plan is going to be in eff Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:10:15 +0000 Don Rush 20256 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Adjustments In Redistricting for Wicomico County Ballot Measures Facing Wicomico County Voters http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/ballot-measures-facing-wicomico-county-voters <p>Wicomico County voters will be facing some charter changes this fall.</p><p>Among the measures on the ballot is one dealing with petitions filed with the election board.</p><p>It would require residents to gather 20 percent of the number of voters who cast ballots in the last presidential election or 10-thousand people whichever is fewer.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that currently the number is 15 percent of registered voters in the county.</p><p>Another measure would require the county executive to hold a public hearing on the capital improvement program and expense budget.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:06:15 +0000 Don Rush 18828 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Ballot Measures Facing Wicomico County Voters Exemption From State Fire Sprinker Mandate Extended in Wicomico County http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/exemption-state-fire-sprinker-mandate-extended-wicomico-county <p>The Wicomico County Council has extended the exemption for new one-and-two family dwellings from the state fire sprinkler mandate through 2015.</p><p>Council members have expressed concern about houses that are dependent on wells.</p><p>The Council voted 6-to-1 this week even though the modular housing industry says this would continue an uneven playing field.</p><p>In addition the Maryland State Fire Marshal William Barnard urged the council members to require the fire sprinklers because fires attack a home in a more dangerous way than in the past.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 12:45:02 +0000 Don Rush 18515 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Exemption From State Fire Sprinker Mandate Extended in Wicomico County Wicomico County Opens Cooling Center Through Saturday http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wicomico-county-opens-cooling-center-through-saturday <p>With temperatures expected to rise to triple digits over the next few days Wicomico County health officials say a cooling center will be open starting today to help residents keep cool.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the cooling center will be open today as well as Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Wicomico County Civic Center.</p><p>It will be located in Flanders Rooms 5, 6 and 7.</p><p>Residents will need to bring their own food, beverages, and medications.</p><p>Bottled water will be available.</p><p>No pets will be permitted.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 16:20:32 +0000 Don Rush 16224 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wicomico County Faces Budget Shortfall http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wicomico-county-faces-budget-shortfall <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The Wicomico County Council voted yesterday unanimously to hike the local income tax rate from 3.1 percent to 3.2 percent the maximum allowed by law.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But, the legislative body put its budget on hold for the next two weeks after the County Council was told that there would be a $14 million spending mandate from the state.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:43:45 +0000 Don Rush 11495 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net No Burn Ban Expected For Wicomico County this Summer http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/no-burn-ban-expected-wicomico-county-summer <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Maryland&rsquo;s Lower Shore is not likely to see a ban on burning this summer with forecasters predicting temperatures moving closer to normal.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; AccuWeather Meteorologist Carl Erickson told the Salisbury Daily Times that this is despite the fact that the area is experiencing unseasonably weather&hellip;and slight drought conditions.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 15:53:35 +0000 Don Rush 10098 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Proposed Teacher Pension Cost Shift Runs Into Strong Opposition In Annapolis http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/proposed-teacher-pension-cost-shift-runs-strong-opposition-annapolis <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Governor Martin&nbsp;O&#39;Malley&#39;s plan to&nbsp;shift million of dollars in teacher&nbsp;pension fund costs to local counties is drawing strong opposition from Eastern Shore&nbsp;legislators and officials.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Delmarva Public Radio&#39;s&nbsp;Don Rush has a look at the opposition&nbsp;and a proposed&nbsp;compromise.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Editors Note:&nbsp;Editorial work for Story from Melany Parlaman.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:27:51 +0000 Don Rush 9525 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Shellfish Harvesting Ban Lifted on Maryland Waterways http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/shellfish-harvesting-ban-lifted-maryland-waterways <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Department of the Environment has lifted shellfish harvesting restrictions in portions of three waterways following a decline in bacteria levels.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Officials said Monday that an area of the Wicomico River at the border of Wicomico and Somerset counties has been approved for harvesting.</p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 16:10:03 +0000 Don Rush 9455 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net School Uniforms Could Be Coming To Wicomico County http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/school-uniforms-could-be-coming-wicomico-county <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The Wicomico County School district inched closer to a school uniform program&hellip;next year for some schools&hellip;after yesterday&rsquo;s board meeting.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A final vote is set for next month.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Salisbury Daily Times reports that so far 11 elementary schools and Wicomico High have expressed interest in the Consistent Attire Program.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:09:28 +0000 Don Rush 7862 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net