Community weighs in Thursday night on Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Program hearing
SALISBURY, Md.- Thursday night, Acting Wicomico County Executive John Psota held a Public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Program.
During the hearing, two big items were brought up money for education and public safety.
“Unfortunately, I think there’s some competition or from the public they think there’s some competition between safety and education.” Bill McCain, Wicomico Co. Councilman, At-Large, said.
When it comes to the topic of education, McCain, said the board of education has some things they would like to finish with the money they are allocated.
“The completion of Beaver Run and then the construction of the Mardela High School and Middle School,” McCain said.
And when it comes to public safety the big goal is to have a new public safety complex.
Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said they have been trying to move forward with this project for 6 years, but money seems to be the problem as the price goes up each year.
“This is what we need and we have been sharpening our pencils to try to keep the costs down, but everyday we delay the commencement of this public safety complex the cost will continue to rise,” Sheriff Lewis said.
We are told as of right now, it could cost about $30 million to build a new complex, but Sheriff Lewis said this facility is needed as they have outgrown their current space.
“We will have a true interview and interrogation room, we will have room craft and construction which we do not have room for now,” Sheriff Lewis said.
While it is unclear at this point exactly how the funds will be allocated, it’s clear that public safety and education are top priorities.
“I mean they are both priorities and we have to find a way to make both happen simultaneously,” McCain said.
We’re told other projects that will be included in the capital improvement plan will be a future library renovation along with road projects.
McCain said the final capital improvement plan will not get approved until they do the budget in the Spring.