The winter storm, Benji, came in like a bear and dropped 6 to 8 inches of snow on December 8th and 9th. Even though the predictions of precipitation was not exactly correct, the Roads Department had been forewarned and they were prepared with all snow equipment and staff available to roll within a few hours. One of the main issues was that the snow was so heavy it brought many trees down over the last few days. The crews are still out cleaning up the remnants of the storm and will be for several days.
Wicomico County Announces Rural Legacy Expansion
County Executive Bob Culver is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved the expansion of the Quantico Creek Rural Legacy Area in Wicomico County. The Board of Public Works, which includes Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, voted unanimously to approve the expansion. This expansion includes areas over the paleochannel and lands along Rewastico Creek in western Wicomico County.
Executive Culver and the County Council recommended that the Rural Legacy Area be expanded to include these environmentally sensitive and important areas which will provide additional protection measures and opportunities. This will provide landowners in these areas a voluntary financial alternative to selling lots for development.
The paleochannel is a buried riverbed estimated to store approximately seven billion gallons of water. This resource currently provides potable water for the City of Salisbury and is an important future water supply for the citizens of the City of Salisbury and Wicomico County. Because of its vast potential as a source of drinking water, additional protective measures will help to ensure that the channel is protected from contamination resulting from environmentally incompatible land uses.
The Rural Legacy Program, established by the State of Maryland in 1997, is designed to preserve large tracts of productive agricultural, forested lands, natural and cultural resources through the purchase of conservation easements. Conservation easements protect the land for future generations while allowing owners to continue to use and live on their land.
The Quantico Creek Rural Legacy Area was established locally in the year 2000 and contained 14,687 acres of land. Over 4,000 acres of land have been protected through this program. This expansion will add an additional 21,131 acres to our Rural Legacy Area for a total of 35,818 acres. Wicomico County will seek additional funding from the State of Maryland in future years that can be used for the purchase of conservation easements.
The Rural Legacy Program is a voluntary participation program. Easements are sought from willing land owners in these areas in order to protect areas vulnerable to development.
If you would like to know more about the Quantico Creek Rural Legacy Program, please contact Frank McKenzie with the County Department of Planning & Zoning at 410-548-4860.
Photo Caption: Officials signed documents to formalize the partnership between Wicomico County and the Wicomico Farm & Home Show on Dec. 6 outside the Carriage House at WinterPlace Park. From left to right are Wayne Strausburg, Wicomico County director of administration; Bob Culver, Wicomico County executive; Steve Miller, director of Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism; and Zach Evans, president of the Wicomico Farm and Home Show and chairman for the Wicomico County Fair.
SALISBURY, Md. – Wicomico County and the Wicomico Farm and Home Show are joining forces for the Wicomico County Fair.
The partnership announcement was made Dec. 6 at a news conference outside the Carriage House building at WinterPlace Park. Officials also signed documents formalizing the alliance.
Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver said he is excited about the partnership and sharing in the growth of the Wicomico County Fair.
“We will make this one of the biggest highlights on the Eastern Shore,” Culver said.
Zach Evans, president of the Wicomico Farm and Home Show and chairman for the Wicomico County Fair, said since the Wicomico Farm and Home Show was rebranded as the Wicomico County Fair for the 2015 event, the fair has grown in attendance, surpassing 15,000 attendees in the most recent year.
The Wicomico County Fair is a nonprofit with an all-volunteer board, and Evans is glad to bring in Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism’s resources and staff.
“They are experts in event planning; they do a great job with community events, so we are going to take advantage of that and we’re going to make a promise to continue providing comprehensive programming and building an event that will draw a large audience,” Evans said.
Steve Miller, director of Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism, said at the news conference that Pork in the Park has been discontinued.
“We’re redirecting those resources now to fully invest in the County Fair to continue to make this bigger and better for the citizens of our community,” Miller said.
The 2018 Wicomico County Fair is Aug. 17-19 at WinterPlace Park. Admission is free. For more information, see www.wicomicofair.com.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in the Annual Salisbury Christmas Parade. Wicomico County was well represented by all and especially the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. The weather cooperated and encouraged more people to come out to enjoy the season. A good time was enjoyed by all.
On November 30, a meeting organized by the Wicomico Health Department was held at the Hebron Town Hall to have a community discussion on Heroin and Opioids. At the meeting a knowledgeable panel consisting of Dr. C. B. Silvia, PRMC; Curtis Paul, COAT; Richard Brueckner, States Attorney’s office; and George Kalououmakis, Director of Wicomico Department of Corrections. WBOC’s Jimmy Hoppa was the moderator.
These meetings will be happening throughout Wicomico County with the theme of Taking Back Community. Please try to support these events to become informed and hopefully help eradicate the use of Opioids. We will be sharing a schedule for another meeting soon.
Ella Disharoon, Wicomico County’s Interim State’s Attorney, resigned effective November 30, 2017. Over many years, Ms. Disharoon prosecuted numerous difficult cases. She has served as a Prosecutor, Deputy State’s Attorney and then was appointed by the Judicial as Interim State’s Attorney. Ms. Disharoon has served with commitment, brilliance and total dedication to the citizens of Wicomico County and the State of Maryland. Her pride in her profession has always been apparent both in the office and the courtroom. Ms. Disharoon has always represented the State’s Attorney’s office with tremendous dignity.
We will miss Ella but wish her much continued success in the future.
Presented this 29th Day of November, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Johnson
HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAM
RECEIVES ACCREDITATION STATUS
Salisbury, MD (November 29, 2017) – The Health Department is pleased to announce that our Behavioral Health Program was awarded a 3 year accreditation status through October 31, 2020 from CARF International (The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).
According the CARF International report, “Wicomico County Health Department demonstrated substantial conformance to the standards, the organization has caring, dedicated and knowledgeable staff that demonstrates pride in both its program services and in the progress of its patients” The programs that fall under this accreditation status include the Outpatient Mental Health Center, Outpatient Substance Abuse Program and the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program for children, adolescents and adults. Our Behavioral Health Program serves over 2,000 individuals on an annual basis. This was achieved through a collaborative effort by numerous staff.
For more information on the Behavioral Health program, please visit
I was pleased to be invited as today’s speaker for the Rotary Club of Wicomico County. Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
I enjoyed sharing the good news of Wicomico County’s strong financial condition and my thoughts for the future.
Recently, I was proud to recognize three Wicomico County Sheriff Deputies for their service with the CAT Team. The Maryland Sheriff’s Association also recognized them as Deputies of the Year. They were Tyler Bennett, John Seichepine, and David Crowell. The CAT Team was established to combat the ever increasing problem of drug use here in Wicomico County. The mission of the CAT Team has been to both eradicate illegal drugs plaguing our communities along with the suppression of criminal activity that has spawned as a result of the aforementioned problem. During the past year, the CAT Team has aggressively attacked the illegal drug problem in all four corners of Wicomico County targeting both the users of illegal drugs and those individuals willing to bring these poisons into our county.
(November 22, 2017, Salisbury, MD) A “Taking Back Our Community” opioid forum will be held on November 30, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Town Hall at 100 N. Main St., Hebron, MD. This is the second in a series of community forums that will be held around the county to share with residents what is being done at the county level about the opioid crisis in Wicomico. Community members will also be given the opportunity to ask questions and share what they feel needs to be done.
The opioid crisis has touched the lives of many in our community. The public is encouraged to be part of the solution to the opioid situation in Wicomico County by participating in this forum