Appointments battle might imperil Wicomico borrowing

The potential ramifications of Wicomico County not having a duly appointed County Attorney and Finance Director became clearer in a public meeting last week. The county’s second-ranking executive official, Administrative Director Wayne Strausburg admitted to County Council members that Wicomico’s ability to borrow money to fund capital projects was in jeopardy because the council had […]

Council, Culver enter war footing on hirings

Appointments of key Wicomico officials have reached a new level of consternation as the County Council is standing up to County Executive and refusing to greenlight at least three hires he has made. At the council’s first meeting of the new year, members took an assortment of actions that push back on County Executive Bob […]

Bob Culver offers 2019 ‘State of the County’ report

County Executive Bob Culver presented his annual State of the County report at an event held Dec. 16 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Culver, a Republican who in December began the second year of his second term as the county administrative leader, stressed quality-of-life issues, financial stewardship and a hopeful future. — Editor. […]

Opinions diverge in Wicomico Attorney ordeal

Who should serve as County Attorney isn’t exactly a burning issue within the citizenry of Wicomico County, but it is the centerpiece debate at the heart of the legislative-executive dysfunction under way in the Government Office Building. A layman’s reading on the County Charter is pretty clear. As adopted in 2004, the Charter says the […]

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 […]