Wicomico County officials hold public meeting for Capital Improvement Plan
SALISBURY, Md. – “It’s not so much a want list now but a need list because we’ve got to be able to get down what’s needed to be taken care of ,” said Wicomico County Executive, Bob Culver.
On Tuesday, dozens of Wicomico County residents came out to voice their ideas and concerns regarding the county’s proposed Capital Improvement Program. A plan that would put money towards the maintenance and improvements of the county’s infrastructure. Including roads, parking, schools and more.
“We know we’ll probably borrow between $10-$12 million at the most and we have to figure out what projects are the most needed to do that,” Culver said.
Those who spoke before county officials on Tuesday were mainly parents and teachers who asked for funding to fix a number of issues at their schools. Including a new roof for the West Side Intermediate School, and better security for students at Beaver Run Elementary.
“If an active shooter wanted to gain access into the beaver run school it wouldn’t be that hard,” said one parent Joseph Jones.
“Our schools, and our children are one of our one of our biggest benefactors of our safety, our education system, so we’re going to do what we can,” Culver said.
But officials say money from the Capital Improvement Plan would also need to go to other infrastructure projects that are a priority across the county as well.
“We still have many projects going on at the airport, new hangars, new facilities being built out there so that’s important to us in order to make the economic boost that we need to bring the taxes in to help pay for the schools,” Culver added.
And although the proposed plan is still in it’s early stages, officials say hearing what matters most to residents is critical.
“It’s what the county people want us to do, it’s what the constituents ask us to do for them, and we’re very happy to listen to them,” said Culver.
Culver adds that once the proposed plan is complete, they’ll present it to the county council sometime in December. The council will then review the plan and also hold a public hearing where they’ll be expected to have an official plan in place by May of next year.