Culver’s budget includes no tax hikes, funds education

County Executive Bob Culver has sent a fiscal 2020 budget to the County Council that leaves property taxes untouched, fully funds the school board’s operational needs and awards county employees a 2 percent pay hike. Even more so than in most budget years, the spending proposal that would take effect on July 1 was drafted […]

Wicomico executive, council tensions appear to ease

When the County Council met in a work session Tuesday, the past two weeks of derision between the body and the County Executive’s Office was undoubtedly on everyone’s mind. Within about 90 minutes, however, the combatants appeared to be ignoring their differences and the county government was conducting business as usual. As one unnamed council […]

What led to the Wicomico council/executive rift?

The following is intended to address questions that have been forwarded to Salisbury Independent over the last several days: Q. What is the current dispute between the County Executive and the County Council? A. For the council’s Feb. 3 night time work session, Council President John Cannon had scheduled senior officials in the Executive’s Office […]

Executive calls on Council President to step down

Following public comments a week ago in which Wicomico County Council President John Cannon declared County Executive Bob Culver’s relationship with the council to be “dysfunctional,” Culver has sent a letter to Cannon urging that he step down as council leader. Culver dispatched the three-page letter a week after Cannon made council meeting comments that […]

Rescue plan eyed for Wicomico Nursing Home

County Administrative Director Wayne Strausburg is putting to rest rumors the highly rated Wicomico Nursing Home will shut down. “We will not be closing the nursing home. We are not considering closing it,” Strausburg said during a recent interview. Employees, speaking at the past few County Council meetings, have said they’re worried about losing jobs […]

Culver gives ‘State of the County’ review

As the 2019 year begins in earnest, Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has issued his annual report — his “State of the County” review. The executive’s account of county conditions reviews accomplishments and lays out the picture of progress hoped for in the coming year. — Editor. It is always nice to be given the […]

County Executive outlines plans for new term

Bob Culver was officially sworn in last Tuesday as the second County Executive to serve Wicomico. A Republican, Culver won re-election by a wide margin, running a campaign that feature two opponents but no stumbles. In his next four-year term, Culver has a list of measures he’d like to see passed and executive actions he […]

Culver withdraws landfill land proposal

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver this week withdrew his request for County Council to approve buying land, known as the Potts Property, for $2.5 million, after Council members called for an “iron clad” stipulation preventing the property from ever being used for landfill expansion into West Salisbury neighborhoods. After several West Side residents spoke against […]

Election Analysis: Party brands still matter

The so-called conventional wisdom weaving its way around Salisbury on Election Day morning was that Bob Culver would be re-elected County Executive, topping Jack Heath, with John Hamilton trailing far behind. Speculation had the percentages at 45 percent Culver, 40 percent Heath and 15 percent Hamilton. The results, as everyone knows by now, were far […]

Analysis: Who will be our next County Executive?

When talking with Bob Culver, it usually doesn’t take too much time for him to mention that he grew up on a farm off Jersey Road, a rural stretch where blacks and poor whites lived on Salisbury’s West Side. Scrappy, blunt and headstrong, Wicomico’s incumbent County Executive is sometimes cited as ruthless when in his […]