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The Wreaths Across America convoy rolled up to the Wicomico War Veterans Memorial on its way to Arlington Cemetery. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report.

Don Rush

The Salisbury City Council has put off the question of increasing the salary of the Mayor.

At last night’s session council members looked at whether the salary should be increased from $25-thousand to $75-thousand a year.

It has not gone up over the last ten years.

WBOC reports that former mayor and current city council member Jim Ireton said he was against going above $40-thousand a year.

Meanwhile, council members Muir Boda and April Jackson appear to be looking at something between $50-thousand and $60-thousand a year.

Don Rush

It was a full house last night as Mayor Jake Day gave his second state of the city address on the campus of Salisbury University.

He told the audience filled with local dignitaries that the city had undertaken a series of initiatives that would transform the Cross Roads of Delmarva.

He said, “We have found our rhythm. We are unshakably focused on continuing progress on our goals.  We are implementing our vision and we are unwilling to compromise our values or succumb to distractions.”

He added, “It’s paying dividends.”

Don Rush

The next Mayor of Salisbury could get a significant bump in salary which is currently set at $25-thousand.

That’s the recommendation by the Salary Review Committee in its report to the city council this evening.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the committee also recommended an 18 percent increase for City Council members from $12-thousand to just over $14-thousand a year.

The paper reports that Mayor Jake Day who is planning to run for re-election in 2019 has hinted he might veto any pay increase.

Don Rush

It’s now unlawful to smoke or vape in public parks and other publicly own spaces in Salisbury.

WBOC reports that City Council voted this week to bar smoking or vaping within 25 feet of such property.

The television station reports that other places that are off-limits range from the Riverwalk and Salisbury Marina to the Salisbury Zoo and the Government Office Building.

Mayor Jake Day says the new ban is to protect the public health.

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The battle over the breakaway volunteer fire company has taken another turn.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Wicomico County Fire Chiefs Association voted unanimously against the fire service agreement between the county and Salisbury.

The problem they said was the current dispute involving County Executive Bob Culver who has gone forward with planning for territory to be covered by the new unit.

But both County Council President John Cannon and Mayor Jake Day note that that is not what was agreed to in the fire service agreement.

Don Rush

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says he is moving forward with carving out a piece of territory for the breakaway volunteer firefighters who left the Salisbury Fire Department.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that move would give territory to the company that is now covered by the Salisbury Fire Department.

But such a move, say Wicomico County officials, would be a violation of the city/county service agreement.

Mayor Jake Day told the paper that it was shocking that “an elected official would flaunt the law.”

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The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Anti-Defamation League have banded together to produce a program to fight bigotry in the wake of the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville this month. Around 270 mayors have joined the effort. And one of those is Salisbury Mayor Jake Day. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with the mayor to talk about the efforts and the events in Charlottesville.

Don Rush

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day says he is joining nearly 300 mayors in backing an initiative to combat hate.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the effort is to promote more education about hate and bias in schools and law enforcement agencies.

The plan is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors including 270 city chief executives and the Anti-Defamation League

The initiative follows the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in which Heather Heyer was killed.

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A petition to remove the plaque in downtown Salisbury that commemorates confederate general John Henry Winder has been presented to the Wicomico County Council.

Stefanie Sesse with Showing Up for Racial Justice told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was an example of white supremacy.

The petition had more than 300 names and was given to the council on Tuesday.

The group notes that Winder oversaw confederate prisons that committed human rights violations.

In addition, the general is not actually from Salisbury but was born around Nanticoke.