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On the weekends it is not unusual to see venders selling their wares at the flea market in Salisbury in the parking lot at Route 13 and Church Street.

But that may be no more.

WBOC reports that developers are eyeing the property for commercial and mixed-use development.

Mayor Jake Day told the television station that it will take several years for such development to take place and will give the city time to plan for the flea market.

He said the city will ensure that development of the property fits into the Downtown Main Street Master Plan.

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The makeover for Main Street in Salisbury will be getting underway in downtown next month.

Last week the city council approved a $4.6 million contract with Corrado Construction Company for the stretch that runs from Route 13 to Division Street.

They will not only replace the sidewalks, landscaping and street lights but also the 100 year old sewer and water mains.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that initially it had been scheduled to begin last fall.

But a decision to include high-speed internet lines caused a delay.

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Mayor Jake Day unveiled a $56.8 million spending plan for the city of Salisbury for the 2017 fiscal year.

There will be no property tax increase. The rate will stay at the 94.2 cents for $100 of assessed property value.

But the mayor’s budget did highlight programs for young people.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the mayor’s budget provided $6-thousand for athletic programs for young people and $300-thousand for a community center.

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Local leaders in Wicomico County and Salisbury gathered this week to figure out how to combat rising heroin and opiod addiction rates.

Just this week the county council voted to fund a program called Community Outreach Addiction Team that uses peer counselors to help those with addiction.

Among the attendees were law enforcement officials Sheriff Mike Lewis, County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello and Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan as well as political leaders County Executive Bob Culver and Mayor Jake Day.

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A $1.5 million refurbishment of the Salisbury Riverwalk is head to completion

It’s taken a year and a half to get there and it is seen as part of Mayor Jake Day’s plans to revitalize the downtown area.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Riverwalk will now look like a wooden walk with aluminum railings.

Day told the paper that the old tiebacks which held the bulkhead together failed causing the surface to buckle.

The Riverwalk was constructed in 1977.

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As the merger between Giant and Food Lion gets closer to completion there is no word yet on the fate of the Giant in Salisbury on Route 13.

The merger was announced last year and is expected to be done by the middle of this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the manager of the Giant had no comment on the situation.

The paper reports that the parent company responded by email saying that it is too soon to discuss the future of the Giant store.

Mayor Jake Day refused to talk about any suitor for the store if it is closed. 

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A Salisbury landlord has won his zoning case that allows him to keep a Poplar Hill Avenue house divided into four apartments.

The Maryland Special Court of Appeals court upheld a lower court decision that the Newtown Historic District home is a legal nonconforming use.

Newly elected Mayor Jake Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that the city will not appeal the decision because “there’s a great property owner there.”

The Mayor added that the court decision does not set a precedent.

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Mayor Jake Day is getting into efforts to bring a Cracker Barrel to the Centre at Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he wants to meet with Centre officials and a mall anchor store that has been keeping the restaurant chain out of the mall.

Day told the Daily Times that the delay is only “a snag”.

The Cracker Barrel got the okay from local government officials for the location.

The paper reports there had been efforts six years ago to put the restaurant at the old Zia’s site near the mall but that did not materialize.

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Former Salisbury City Council President Mike Dunn has been named the next president and CEO of the Greater Salisbury Committee.

His appointment comes after a four month search.

WBOC reports that Dunn that said he was humbled by the appointment adding that he hopes to take the organization into the next phase.

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day called the hire a fantastic choice and said that Dunn has demonstrated a commitment to the community.

He will take over as of January 4th.

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A big crowd that included state and local leaders showed up for the swearing of Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and the newly elected city council members last night at the Cypress Street Fire Station.

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With the terrorist attacks on Paris last week that saw around 130 people killed many others injured many are trying to take in the meaning the events. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with local officials to get their reactions and their concerns.

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This week the nation marked Veterans Day. The United States has been in an active military conflict for the last 14 years in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Salisbury Mayor-Elect Jake Day, a Lieutenant in the Maryland Army National Guard, talked with  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about the meaning of the day and the deployment the men and women in uniform since 911.

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Mayor-elect Jake Day will be taking the helm in the wake of yesterday’s city election which also saw a dramatic change in the city council.

Day ran unopposed as did council vice president Laura Mitchell.

The Mayor-elect said, “This is going to be a different council and they’re all going to have to work together. I am excited for them. They have to be a team. And, we have to be a team as a city.

For voters there was a myriad of issues on their minds:

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Salisbury voters will be going to the polls today to choose a Mayor and for the first time five council members running in five separate districts.

In District 1 incumbent Shanie Shields faces challenger April Jackson and Sarah Halcott.

In District 2, a new minority-majority seat, there are four candidates who include Keyvan Aarabi, Marvin Ames, Muir Boda and Justin Gregoli.

In District 3 two incumbents Tim Spies and Jack Heath are vying for the seat along with Kevin Lindsay.

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With the Salisbury city council elections just around the corner it was realtors, developers and landlords who were providing candidates with campaign funds.

Roger Mazzullo who is challenging Mayor Jim Ireton in District 4 pulled in $3,450.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that 90 percent of that came from landlords, their employees or business associates.

Ireton has been a strong critic of the landlords in Salisbury and has proposed rent stabilization measure which was tabled by the city council.  

The mayor has raised $870.

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Last night heroin addiction brought out around fifty family members and elected officials in a candlelight vigil at the Salisbury Riverwalk Park. They were parents, spouses and siblings who talked of their struggles and their determination to fight what has become the rising use of heroin and other drugs.

The vigil was sponsored by the group Shoulder to Shoulder to Beat Heroin Addiction.

City Council Vice President Laura Mitchell whose loved one has been fighting addiction took center stage breaking down at times as she urged the community fight the deadly epidemic.

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The rise in heroin addiction has led more than 200 parents and family members to come out tonight for a candlelight vigil at the Salisbury Riverwalk Park at 5:30 p.m. tonight (9/16).

Many have lost loved ones to the epidemic or have loved ones who are still battling their addiction.

Among those in attendance tonight will be City Council Vice President Laura Mitchell whose loved one has been battling heroin.

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Mayor Jim Ireton will not be leaving Salisbury politics quite yet.

He plans to return to the City Council filing as a candidate in District 4 that covers the downtown area as well as Newtown.

Ireton was elected to his job in 2009 succeeding Mayor Barrie  Tilghman.

Ireton served on the council in the late 1990’s.

The mayor points to accomplishments including hiring the city’s first female police chief and the development of the downtown area.

Council member Shanie Shields said that Ireton had been a pro-neighborhood mayor.

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In the first half of today's program, we look at plans for a large-scale industrial chicken operation in Somerset County and the possible long term impacts on health and property.

In the second half, we chat with Salisbury Mayoral candidate Jake Day.

Guests: Kathy Phillips- Executive Director of the Assateague Coastal Trust

Bill Brown- Poultry Extension Agent at the University of Delaware

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City Council President Jake Day made it official.

He is running for Mayor of Salisbury in this year's municipal elections.

Day announced his bid for the city’s top job at Headquarters Live in downtown Salisbury to a crowd that crossed party lines.

He has only been in office for a little over two years and was swept into office with the man he is trying to replace Mayor Jim Ireton.

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But, he had nothing but praise for the incumbent.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore streets once filled with rock- and bottle-throwing protesters were quiet and nearly empty of civilians as residents heeded an overnight curfew enforced by 3,000 police and National Guardsmen.

The curfew, in effect from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, got off to a rocky start, when as many as 200 protesters showed no immediate signs of going home.

Uber Comes to Salisbury

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You can now use the Uber car service in Salisbury.

City Council President Jake Day told WBOC that he was not aware that the service was now operating in the town but added he thought it was only a matter of time.

And, he called it, a great service.

The Maryland General Assembly approved legislation this year that requires drivers to have criminal background checks and vehicle inspections.

Day said there might be some needed alterations in city regulations with the coming of Uber.

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There was no money in the Salisbury City budget for police body cameras despite strong support on the council.

During yesterday’s meeting council member Shanie Shields noted that with the climate in the nation she said she would support putting the devices on police officers.

Others in the chamber including Council President Jake Day and council member Jack Heath also said they were for officers wearing them.

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In a short time the Port of Salisbury Marina will be getting a new look.

Right now it’s a bit Spartan.

But a six figure investment is expected to provide for upgrades that range from a new boat house to a floating dock that can be used for canoe and kayaks.

There will also be a facelift for the entrance and marina building in addition to decorative fencing.  

The project will also include relocating a sewage lift station to the site.

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In 2015 the ballot voters see in Salisbury could look much different than in the past.

Aside from all five seats and the Mayor being up for election, under a new redistricting plan they would only be voting for one city council member.

That’s the result of a vote last night by the City Council to divide the city up into five separate districts with two minority-majority districts.

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It’s called the Downtown Trolley.

And, Salisbury City officials were out yesterday to inaugurate its service that will run from Salisbury University to the downtown area Thursday through Saturday 7 p.m. through 2 p.m. for a dollar a ride.  

Mayor Jim Ireton told the gathering that the trolley was part of the revitalization of the downtown area.

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68-year old Jack Heath is set to succeed Terry Cohen on the Salisbury City Council.

Last night the council met and announced their choice out of dozen applicants.

Heath was the former CEO of Lower Shore Enterprises which provides job assistance and training for the disabled.

He said that he would rely on his decades of business experience in an effort to revive the local economy.

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The City of Salisbury will inaugurate a new bus service from Salisbury University to downtown today.

It’s called the Downtown Trolley.

The service will run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The fare will be a dollar.

The project was partially funded by a $50-thousand grant from the Maryland Transit Administration in an effort to connect Salisbury University students with businesses in downtown.

Council President Jake Day says it is part of the effort to bring about a renaissance of the downtown area.

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There are 12 candidates who have applied to fill the seat on the Salisbury City Council vacated by Terry Cohen who abruptly left the council due to personal obligations.

The four remaining council members interviewed all of the candidates yesterday afternoon during a three and a half hour session.

Council member Tim Spies told the Salisbury Daily Times that he was pleased with the variety of the candidate’s backgrounds.

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Salisbury may soon allow bed and breakfasts to operate in the Historic Newtown Community.

The City Council took up the idea last night during its works session and recently got the attention of city leaders during a Newtown Association dinner last October.

Supporters say that a bed and breakfast could be better for the neighborhood -- especially in dealing with abandoned and foreclosed homes as well as the problem of single-family homes conversions into rental properties.  

Council President Jake Day says he believes they could really benefit the community.

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