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Ireton Takes "Nuclear Option" Off Table, For Now

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SALISBURY, Md. - Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton has taken the option to stop all Salisbury Fire and EMS service outside of the city on July 1st off the table.  However, the Mayor said that he maintains the right to employ the option again if he sees fit.

Mayor Ireton said he would use his "nuclear option" on July 1st if there was no deal for a new fire service agreement between Salisbury and Wicomico County.  Ireton says Salisbury is under-compensated by the county for the amount of service that is provided outside of the city limits.  The two sides have met once and Ireton believes the two sides have made good effort to work together.

But, Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver said the Mayor maintaining the right to use that "nuclear option" in the future is unacceptable and a threat to public safety.  WBOC spoke with Culver on Monday and Culver said if the Mayor will not completely remove his option, Culver is still prepared to stop county funding to the Salisbury Fire Department and have other departments in Wicomico County take on more responsibility for fire and EMS calls.

Mayor Ireton also said that the right to use the "nuclear option" comes whether there is a date attached to it or not.  In other words, the Mayor does not need to give the county a deadline or timeline of when fire and EMS service would end outside of the city limits.  After taking his option off the table, the Mayor has asked Wicomico County leaders to agree to six firm dates in the future to continue discussion of a new fire service agreement between the two sides. 

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