Salisbury Station One Controversy

Salisbury Station One Controversy

SALISBURY, Md. -  Controversy surrounds who will provide fire and EMS service to a part of Wicomico County that sit just outside of the Route 13 bypass. The city of Salisbury has one idea, the county executive and the former Salisbury Station One volunteers who are recognized now as Station 13 have a different one. 

According to Station 13 chief Cory Pollidore that area will soon be serviced by his department.

"County executive Culver approached us and asked us if we would accept the bypass and outside the bypass. Mayor Day had agreed to that verbally with him and they signed the fire service agreement that was agreed upon," Pollidore said.

But that fire service agreement signed in April of this year didn't include that area for Station 13, in fact Station 13 wasn't included at all according to the city.  The agreement states that the area outside of the bypass falls within the Salisbury Fire District. A district that's defined by appendix A in the agreement.

"It encompasses the area which is outside of the city limits of Salisbury and into Wicomico County, but adjacent to the city of Salisbury and it's the area that's currently served by the three Salisbury fire stations," said city attorney Mark Tilghman.

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver signed off on the fire service agreement and the map in April.

However Culver told 47 ABC Friday that the wrong map was attached and that there should have been one with area for Station 13 instead marker out. Culver stating there was an agreement in place that if Station 13 was recognized by the Wicomico County Fire Chiefs association, the state firemen's association and the radio committees that they would be allowed to to service the county area outside of the bypass. 

Chief Pollidore told 47 ABC it was his understanding that the aforementioned agreement and map would be the one followed, not the map that was listed as Appendix A in the fire service agreement. Pollidore added that he had seen the map that Culver had mentioned.

"(The mayor and the county executive) initialed the maps, the lines are drawn out on those that maps that they're in possession of and we would service that area that was once company number one from the bypass and outside of it, that's the eastside of the county there," Pollidore said.

Culver could not produce a copy of the initialed map upon request, but said the map did exist.

In a statement given to 47 ABC, Day said "the agreement is adopted by both the county and city legislatures and we are not going to change the agreement now, in 5 years it can be re-negotiated, but  now is not the time."

The map was allegedly signed off on before the actual fire service agreement was reached. However according to the fire service agreement any deal prior to it is null and void.

Section I.2 of the agreement reading "This Agreement and the Appendices hereto constitute the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersede all prior agreements and understandings, oral or written."

Tilghman explained, "So what that means is, is that any discussions or negotiations that occurred are not now part of this agreement."

Culver still maintains Station 13 will exist and is taking action to get the process started. Tuesday he sent a letter to the director of the county's emergency services authorizing him to commence preparations to assign Station 13 the area outside the bypass.

Salisbury meanwhile maintains any changes to the agreement would have to be agreed upon by the County, The City and the County Fire Chief's Association.


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