On Thursday, December 19, Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt, gave his State of the County address, highlighting 2013 as the foundation for the coming year.
As reported on delmarvanow.com, Wicomico County Executive Pollitt said,
“As I reviewed some of my previous reports in preparation for today’s talk, I reflected on just how great our recent challenges have been and how we’ve been able as one community to face those challenges head on and overcome them. While our work is not complete, we are making tremendous progress.”
Pollitt also reviewed the last year, discussing state and federal regulation,
including the phosphorus management tool, the watershed implementation plan, the tier map and the total maximum daily load pollution diet for waterways.
“There is no need to dwell on the devastating impacts the recent recession visited upon our community,” Pollitt said. “We’ve seen those impacts manifested dramatically in reduced funding for roads and new obligations imposed on us by state government as Maryland struggled to make ends meet just as we did in Wicomico County.”
In the end, he said, the cuts to county departments and services during the past few years have forced those who govern to prioritize.
“If there is any benefit to be had by enduring such a time or trial it may be that the recent recession forced us to undertake an extensive self evaluation as to the kind of community we are and what we hope to be,” he said.