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Members of the volunteer fire company at Station 1 in Salisbury crammed into the chambers of the Wicomico County Council.

During the special session they heard Corey Polidore with the volunteer fire company describe the frustration his members felt in its negotiations with the city to resolve staffing differences.

He said, “Due to issues that occurred that went unaddressed for a year, two years now, the meeting with the city and the city fire chief – things just never seemed to get addressed.”

Wor-Wic offers free tuition, hopes to help economy

Jul 8, 2016


On Tuesday June 21, the Wicomico County Council passed an unprecedented plan to provide eligible Wicomico County students free tuition to Wor-Wic Community College. Initiated by County Executive Bob Culver and Wor-Wic President Ray Hoy, the program they designed is based on the premise of economic development instead of merit-based scholarships.


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The Wicomico County Council moved ahead yesterday with new restrictions on mega-chicken houses.

The proposal would keep new large poultry houses from being any closer than 400 feet from a home or other such structures.

That is the same as proposed by the trade group Delmarva Poultry Industry Incorporated.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this did not satisfy opponents of the Naylor Mill Road project that would be made up of 10 chicken houses.

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There will be no moratorium on large chicken houses in Wicomico County.

Council president John Cannon told a meeting last night, that the council does not have enough information to impose one. 

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver is holding a public forum on the large chicken houses that are planned for the area.

Along Naylor Mill Road., north of Salisbury, a plan for a large chicken operation with 10 large houses, took country residents and local lawmakers by surprise

Local residents have been organizing and raising questions about the impact on property values as well as health and environmental concerns.

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Wicomico County has a new Director of Finance Leslie Lewis.

The appointment was approved yesterday by the Wicomico County Council but did not make a decision on a new director of Recreation, Parks and Tourism.

County Executive Bob Culver fired the last finance director Gary Mackes after coming into office along with the Public Works director Lee Beauchamp.

The county executive’s decision to dismiss Mackes came as a surprise to some including the council vice president Matt Holloway.

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Come December 2nd Larry Dodd will only be a member of the Wicomico County Council.

The Republican who won election to the seat this month is stepping down from his position on the Wicomico County Board of Education.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the decision came after Dodd had a conversation with school board attorney Fulton Jeffers about holding the two jobs until incoming Republican Governor Larry Hogan could replace him along with making another appointment.

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Larry Dodd who was just elected to the Wicomico County Council has a potential conflict of interest.

He also serves on the Wicomico County Board of Education.

For the moment Dodd says he will serve on both bodies at least until 2015.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that with board of education Vice President Donald Fitzgerald’s term ending after 2014 he wanted to make it easier for Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan to make both appointments at the same time.

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The Wicomico County Council has decided not to take up repairing a road at the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport.

The resolution would have called on the Wicomico County Airport Commission to apply for a $300-thousand grant from the Maryland Aviation’s Office of regional Aviation Assistance.

Another $100-thousand funded by passengers would have come from the commission to pay for repairs to the Airport Terminal Road.

The county council decided that there were more pressing needs at the airport that must be addressed first.



The Clean Chesapeake Coalition says it is not interested in becoming a part of a federal lawsuit that would overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s pollution diet for the Chesapeake Bay.

Attorney Chip McLeod told the Salisbury Daily Times that a statement by one of the Wicomico County Council members in joining such a suit did not represent his organization’s interests.

Council member Bob Culver made those remarks when the council voted to spend $25-thousand to join the Coalition.

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The Wicomico County Council has joined The Clean Chesapeake Coalition and has paid $25-thousand to become a member along with other counties such as Dorchester, Kent and Caroline.

The coalition was formed a little more than a year ago after the state developed a Watershed Implementation Plan that is enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The standards for the plans would limit the amount of nutrients and sediment that runs into the Chesapeake Bay.

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The Wicomico County Council approved a resolution that said the homes in the Morris Mill area should be connected immediately to new water lines when they become available.

The move follows the discovery of the chemical TCE in some of the private wells two years ago.

The county council has gotten a $1.5 million grant and a low interest loan of nearly $1 million to assist in building the new water lines and water tower.


There will be no pay raises for some Wicomico County Elected officials.

That was the decision this week by the Council as the county faced a $3.5 million shortfall at the end of the 2014 fiscal year.

Council President Matt Holloway told WBOC that there wasn’t enough support for the raises given the red ink.

Memo Diriker is director of Salisbury University’s Business Economic and Community Outreach Network and sits on the committee for recommending raises.

He said that it was not a good idea to keep compensation at the same level beyond 8 or 12 years.


The last woman on the Wicomico County Council is leaving.

Stevie Prettyman announced that she will not seek re-election.

She told the Salisbury Daily Times that she had accomplished a lot during her four terms on the council that she did not make the decision lightly.

Prettyman said that it was time to move on with other aspects of her life.

She added that she was announcing early enough so that others would have time to think about running for her seat in the Second District.


The Wicomico County Council is set to take up how to implement the state’s new septic system law at tomorrow’s regular meeting.

The law requires the county to divide up the land into four zones that would restrict the use of septic systems.

Council President Joe Holloway told the Salisbury Daily Times that members of the Planning and Z

Zoning Department will map out how the plan might negatively impact landowners.

The Wicomico County Council is expected to take up today a proposed redistricting plan after last night’s public hearing.

The council said its wants to take a look at a Plan B after members expressed concerns over the first plan.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Council member Stevie Prettyman expressed concern about the expansion of the number of precincts from 38 to 50.

The plan would also move Fruitland voters on east Camden Avenue into District 3.

That would leave the city of Salisbury divided into four districts.

$12.5 million worth of bonds were approved by the Wicomico County Council last night for the construction of the new Bennett Middle School.

All but one council member approved the money.

The exception was Council President Joe Holloway who said afterward that he was only allowed to vote to break a tie.

Board of Education President Ron Willey and Superintendent John Fredericksen both made their pitch for the project.

There will be a public hearing by the Wicomico County Council tonight on the plans for a new Bennett Middle School.

But Superintendent John Fredericksen said he was not sure if he will speak.

The hearing is being held to approve $12.5 million in bonds for the construction of the school in the fiscal year 2013.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the county has spent around $8 million to buy the parcel of land in Fruitland.

The planning phase of the project began back in 2008…but was put on hold because of financial concerns.

The Wicomico County Council is set to take up funding for construction of the new Bennett Middle School.

Consideration of the $12.5 million bond by the Council follows fear by parents that the panel would put off funding the new school for another year.

Council President Joe Holloway told the Salisbury Daily Times that there were concerns about getting the bonds out before any rise in interest rates.

The funding also includes a $50-thousand contingency fund to pay for the difference in projected and actual costs.

On a 5-to-2 vote the Wicomico County Council approved a $117 million budget for the 2013 fiscal year including $80-thousand to help teachers buy class room supplies.

In addition, there will be a 2 percent pay increase for Sheriff’s deputies under a collective bargaining agreement with no furloughs for county employees. 

Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development will get $20-thousand for a part-time office assistant and the State’s Attorney’s Office will receive $50-thousand for personnel.

The fire fighters will get an additional $42-thousand to pay for EMS personnel.

Around 300 parents, teachers, principals and students showed up at the public meeting held by the Wicomico County Council at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center last night to give voice to their concerns over the 2012-13 fiscal budget.

Many wore school colors and some carried yellow signs with bright red apples in the middle with such phrases as “schools matter”, “our home” and “our future”.

Dave White, president of the Wicomico County Teachers Association, led off  long line speakers asking the County Council to approve the education budget as submitted.


The Wicomico County Council will make its annual trek outside its usual chambers to get public input on the local government’s budget.

Council President Joe Holloway told the Salisbury Daily Times that he expected a strong presence from the Board of Education and local residents.

In years past the public hearing has lasted hours with many coming up to the microphones to voice their concerns.

Last year the meeting drew 75 people with a contentious debate over the proposed 5-cent increase in property tax rate.


The Maryland State police are investigating Wicomico County Council member Bob Culver after his mother filed a protection order last week.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the State police confirmed that there is an investigation but declined to comment further.

The Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office says that the investigation is being carried out by the State Police from the Princess Anne barrack because Culver is an elected official.