Culver forecasts tax hike depending on state actions

County Executive Bob Culver hit on a sour note last week during a public input session for Wicomico’s capital spending plans. In a meeting held last Tuesday night at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center that was dominated by requests for funding of Mardela High School rebuilding and renovations, Culver suggested that imminent pressure on […]

Wicomico capital spending hearing is Nov. 19

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver will host a public hearing on the fiscal 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Program on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Flanders Room of the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center. The forum begins at 6 p.m. The public is encouraged to present their comments and questions. Culver and his staff will consider the […]

Lobbyist hiring comes as surprise to County Council

Some long-building tensions came spilling into public last week, as evidenced by a barking match between Wicomico’s County Executive and Council President. The drop that made the governmental cup runneth over pertained to County Executive Bob Culver’s decision to hire a lobbyist to aid the county’s business in Annapolis, and his apparent failure to tell […]

Culver defends letter on Folk Festival alcohol permit

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver said Monday that he enjoyed attending this year’s National Folk Festival, has a friendly relationship with Salisbury’s mayor, and that he was only trying to protect local decision-making authority when he wrote that a top-ranking state official had committed an “unlawful action” regarding the event. In a 75-minute news conference […]

Brouhaha erupts over Folk Festival license process

County Executive Bob Culver is expected on Monday to publicly explain his intentions when he dispatched a letter to Maryland’s top legislative leader challenging the State Comptroller’s decision to grant a beer and wine license to the just-held National Folk Festival. In his Aug. 27 letter to state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., […]

Wicomico County leaders at odds on a variety of matters

Summer vacations ended with Labor Day and schools officially reopened this week. With a back-to-work atmosphere taking hold, Wicomico County’s governmental command structure remains a bit unsettled back inside the Government Office Building in Downtown Salisbury. Among the ongoing county matters as the calendar prepares to turn to fall: •County leaders are considering whether to […]

Culver to host town hall Thursday at Civic Center

County Executive Bob Culver will host his first-ever Executive Town Hall meeting on Thursday night at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The forum will begin at 6 p.m. in Da Nang Room. Culver has said the Executive Town Hall meetings will be regularly occurring events, held at various locations across Wicomico County. The Executive […]

Attorney enters battle surrounding Culver cabinet

Michele Campbell Ennis is still going to work each day, serving as Finance Director for Wicomico County. The County Council has rejected her appointment to that job, but County Executive Bob Culver is standing firm in his contention that her job status is solely his decision. A letter written to County Council President John Cannon […]

Culver seeking new funding for Beaver Run project

County Executive Bob Culver is sticking by his declaration that Beaver Run Elementary School construction bond borrowing can’t begin this year, even as the County Council is publicly insisting the executive is wrong. In a letter dated June 13 and addressed to county schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin, Council President John Cannon labels Culver’s assertions […]

Culver says council’s actions will delay school project

What seemed like a basic power struggle between the county’s executive and legislative branches has exploded into a government-choking drama that could delay construction of a planned county school. After the County Council on Tuesday declined to confirm County Executive Bob Culver’s recently appointed Finance Director, then blocked his paying unconfirmed employees and restricted his […]