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8:45 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Police Body Cameras on Display at Salisbury Monthly Meeting

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There will be a presentation for body cameras that will be worn by the Salisbury police.

Mayor Jim Ireton and Police Chief Barbara Duncan announced plans for the presentation that will take place at the monthly Mayor’s Neighborhood Roundtable tonight at 6 p.m. at the Government Office Building.

The presentation will range from the history of body cameras and sample videos to concerns about them, police considerations and their limitations.

The city is planning to spend around a $140-thousand on the initiative.

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7:21 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Fire Dept. Services Compensation Up Again For Salisbury and Wicomico County

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Mayor Jim Ireton says the Salisbury is not being fairly compensated for the services that its fire department  provides in Wicomico County.

Under the current agreement the department serves over 56 percent of the county population and responds to more than 62% of the service calls.

But, says the Mayor, it does not get equal funding for the amount of work it does.

Ireton wants the new county leaders to take up the issue in the next fiscal year to address of a gap that, he says, amounts to over $2 million which has been paid by the city tax payers.

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10:16 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Ireton Found Guilty of Verbal Abuse, No Damages Awarded

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A jury has found Mayor Jim Ireton guilty of verbally assaulting the woman who was his second in command.

But the court also found that it was done without actual malice thus denying her monetary damages in the civil case.

It was a mixed ruling for the Salisbury official from a jury of four women and two men.

It allowed the city to escape having to pay former assistant city administrator Lore’ Chambers thousands of dollars in damages.

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12:53 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Ireton & Chambers Have Day in Court

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Mayor Jim Ireton’s former second in command Lore’ Chambers found themselves squaring off yesterday in court.

At issue is her charge of civil assault that Ireton made her fear for her safety during a series of incidents on July 12th of last year.

Her attorney Neil Duke essentially called the Mayor a “bully.”

Chambers had been assistant city administrator for five years until Ireton fired her that day.

During her testimony she said that Ireton became angrier than she had ever seen him after she submitted an application to fill the city administrator position.

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9:15 am
Mon December 8, 2014

3 Arrested in Protest During Salisbury Christmas Parade

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Three men protesting the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri were arrested on Maryland's Eastern shore just as an annual Christmas parade was about to start.

About 50 protesters marched from a middle school to the parade route in Salisbury on Sunday. Some of the protesters then linked arms and blocked the parade route.

After ignoring police orders to move to the sidewalk, officers wrestled two men to the ground and handcuffed them. A third was handcuffed nearby.

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10:29 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Salisbury Firefighters Brought Back to Fill in Part Time

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Most of the firefighters in Salisbury who lost their jobs when a federal grant ran out last week have been brought back – part time.

Mayor Jim Ireton said that the 10 will be used to fill in the schedule as needed.

They will be paid $15.74 an hour.

That money will come from the $19-thousand in remaining overtime funds in the department’s budget.

The Mayor has proposed hiring four firefighter/emergency medical technicians for an estimated cost of $160-thousand through the end of the fiscal year.

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8:32 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Third Lawsuit Filed Against Salisbury Police

A third lawsuit has been filed against the Salisbury Police.

This time by Darryle Smith and two passengers for being pulled over by the police on August 24th.

Smith said that he gave one officer his license and registration while another pointed a gun at him and his two friends who were in the car.

Smith and his friends Julian Washington and Brian Louck -- all in their early 20’s -- were searched along with the car.

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7:55 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Solar and Wind Power for Salisbury Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Mayor Jim Ireton has asked the Salisbury City Council to take a look at proposals for alternative energy sources to be included in plans to rebuild the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

The mayor says that the proposals from wind and solar companies such as Pioneer Green and SolarCity could offset the electricity costs of the facility.

The city wants to rebuild the plant after an $80 million upgrade of the plant has left it in disrepair.

It was one of 66 facilities chosen to be upgraded to cut its nitrogen and phosphorus output by 70 percent.


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9:48 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Downtown Trolley Comes to Salisbury

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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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8:45 am
Mon August 25, 2014

NAACP Forum on Police Relations in Wicomico County

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The Wicomico Branch of the NAACP will be holding a forum on police conduct.

It comes in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

It is to be held at the Chipman Cultural Center Thursday evening with goals to engage citizens in developing strategies to deal with charges of police misconduct as well as sustaining the relationship between police and the community.

In addition, the meeting hopes to address racial profiling.

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10:01 am
Tue August 19, 2014

B&B's And Bees Make It onto Salisbury City Council Agenda

Salisbury City Council President Jake Day
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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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9:44 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Terry Cohen to Quit Salisbury City Council This Friday

Salisbury City Council member Terry Cohen
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Salisbury Council member Terry Cohen says she is resigning citing family obligations in the coming months.

Her resignation date is effective August 8th.

Cohen made the announcement at the end of last night’s meeting.

She said in the last ten months or so she and her family have had major life changes that include a recent tragic loss.

Cohen said what lies ahead will demand too much attention to continue on the council at the level she demands of herself.

Cohen was elected in 2007 and won a second term in 2011.

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9:40 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Salisbury Joins National Night Out

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Salisbury kicks off Safe Streets Week.

Mayor Jim Ireton and Police Chief Barbara Duncan announced that the city will be participating in the National Night Out.

The City of Salisbury will hold a Safe Streets Prayer Service at Saint Francis De Sales Catholic church to commence this week’s activities to fight crime.

Tomorrow neighborhoods around the city are being invited to join with thousands of other communities across the nation for the 31st Annual National Night Out.

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9:17 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Five District Plan Headed For Salisbury City Council Session

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Salisbury is moving toward drawing up five separate districts for its city council from the two districts it now has.

Council President Jake Day along with council Vice President Laura Mitchell and council member Shanie Shields voted to put the plan on the August 11th meeting agenda.

Supporters of the plan say they want the system in place for the September 9th primary next year.

But objections came from to other council members.

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9:46 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Wicomico County and Salisbury Set to Negotiate Fire Service Agreement

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Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt says he would like to get together with Salisbury City officials at Salisbury University Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution to hammer out a new fire-service agreement.

The old agreement expired four years ago but the Salisbury fire department still responds to fire and medical calls in parts of the county.

At issue is the city demand that the county come up with more cash for its services.

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10:35 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Top Salisbury Leaders Push for Additional Cops on the Street

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Salisbury police could have 15 more police officers out on the streets within the next 18 months.

At least that’s what Mayor Jim Ireton and Police Chief Barbara Duncan are pushing for.

Duncan said the new personal would consist of 10 new officers and moving five additional officers back out on patrol.

They would be replaced by five additional civilians.

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10:04 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Salisbury Mayor Gives State of City Address, New City Administrator is Hired

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Mayor Jim Ireton told an audience gathered on the campus of Salisbury University last night that the state of the city was sound.

The Mayor along with City Council President Jake Day declared Salisbury the Capital of the Eastern Shore touting accomplishments with of the previous year during his state of the city address.

The Mayor also touted last year’s downtown New Year’s Eve party in downtown that drew 33-hundred “the crowning achievement of the year.”

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9:22 am
Thu February 6, 2014

"Red Light District" Store Battle Is Over in Salisbury

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The battle over the store “Red Light District" in Salisbury is over.

The store which bills itself as a romantic superstore has cleared the regulatory hurdles which would have forced it to close.

It’s an adult-themed retail chain that came to North Salisbury Boulevard last August and was immediately hit with city code violations incurring $750 in fines.

City officials would not approve the Red Light District sign unless it qualified as an adult store.

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9:08 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Downtown Revitalization: On Agenda of Salisbury's New Assistant Administrator

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Salisbury has a new assistant city administrator.

Terrence Arrington has been on the job two weeks and lists a long list of tasks that he has gotten from the Mayor and interim city administrator.

And the Salisbury Daily Times reports that on that list is revitalizing the downtown area.

Other tasks include revising the city’s emergency management plan and changing how the city applies for grants.

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9:32 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Crime in Salisbury Sees Dramatic Decline

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The crime rate in Salisbury is at its lowest level in at least 10 years.

Part One crimes that include homicide, rape and robbery dropped to just 2,091 this past year -- close the target of 2,000 set by city officials in their efforts to bring down the crime rate.

There were three homicides in all of Wicomico County this year, compared with five in the county last year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that of the 10-year span from 2004 to 2013, this was the first year there were no homicides within the city limits, though two were close to the city line.

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8:55 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Mayor Jim Ireton Reopens Job Search for Salisbury City Administrator

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Mayor Jim Ireton has decided to reopen the search to fill the Salisbury’s City Administrtor’s job now occupied by Tom Stevenson on an interim basis.

Council President Jake Day said yesterday that there was no consensus on the council to conduct interviews after Ireton submitted the names of Stevenson and former assistant administrator Lore’ Chambers.

Ireton dismissed Chambers after a public exchange.

He said he nominated her along with Stevenson because he promised he would do so with the departure of longtime City Administrator John Pick.

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8:54 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Costs Up for Salisbury City Employees

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Many city employees in Salisbury haven't had a raise in six years, but a new analysis shows the cost of benefits is substantially increasing city spending.

An analysis by The Daily Times shows spending on salaries, benefits and employee costs have jumped 52 percent in the past decade, from $17.4 million in 2004 to $26.6 million.

There hasn't been a hiring spree, though. The city added just 45 staff members over the past 10 years, an increase of 13 percent.

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9:04 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Lore' Chambers To Sue Salisbury and Mayor

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Former Assistant City Administrator Dr. Lore’ Chambers has filed suit for $750-thousand against the city of Salisbury and Mayor Jim Ireton after being fired from her job in July.

The lawsuit alleges that Ireton verbally berated her when she expressed interest the city administrator job.

WBOC reports that Chambers claims that the Mayor would not let up physically stalking her, yelling at her and otherwise trying to intimidate her in a public setting.

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1:29 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Mayor Ireton Acts to Replace Key Members on Housing Board

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In what some are calling “a house cleaning” Mayor Jim Ireton has moved to replace three members of the Housing Board that voted to overturn a city order that would have forced the owners of the old Salisbury Mall property to remove a hill-size pile of rubble.

Ireton did not like the September 16th Mall decision.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that one of the ousted board members called the move “a hostile takeover.”

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8:48 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Salisbury Mayor Proposes Pay Raise for City Employees

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Mayor Jim Ireton has given the Salisbury the city council a proposal to increase wages.

Mayor Ireton says it's about getting to the average of what everybody who does these positions throughout the mid-Atlantic region is making."

In August the Salisbury Daily Times reported that 80 percent of Salisbury's nearly 4,000 city employees earn less than the midpoint of their pay ranges.

This comes after his office found more than a million dollars in savings, 700,000 of which will be allocated to the wage increases.

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9:06 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Old Salisbury Mall Mound Can Stay

Mound at Old Salisbury Mall
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It can stay.

That’s the unanimous vote from a three member city panel for the 20-foot tall pile of crushed concrete at the old Salisbury Mall property.

But the House Board of Adjustments and Appeals said that the owners of the vacant lot must meet with police city housing officials and neighbors within 45 days to deal with their concerns.

1 and a half acre pile is primarily made up of crushed concrete left over from the 2008 demolition of the Civic Avenue mall.

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10:49 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Salisbury Mayor Calls for Removal of Rubble from Old Mall Site

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Mayor Jim Ireton has called for the removal of the pile of rubble left behind by the 2008 demolition of the old Salisbury Mall.

Ireton said Neighborhood Services and Code Compliance has gotten 44 complaints ranging from tall grass and suspicious people to a drunken driver.

Salisbury Mall Associates LLC has asked the Housing Board of Adjustments and Appeals the pile be allowed to remain indefinitely.

A Monday hearing by the Board was postponed because of a scheduling conflict.

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8:45 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Lingerie Store Takes Case to the Public Over Sign Dispute

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The new adult-theme store in  Salisbury is taking its case to the public.

Outside the shop on North Salisbury Boulevard there are two small signs with red letters against a yellow background.

One reads, “Freedom of Speech” and the other “It’s Not Yours to Take.”

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the city will not approve the sign outside reading “Red Light District” unless the store qualifies as an adult retail outlet.

But, if it does, it is within 1-thousand feet of homes and a house of worship…which would keep it from opening.

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9:05 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Lingerie Sign Dispute Likely to Wind Up in Court, Salisbury Mayor Says

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Mayor Jim Ireton says he expects the issue a sign for a lingerie store will be decided in court.

The conflict began when the store applied to put up a sign reading “Red Light District”.

It was not granted and eventually the store put up a sign anyway including the phrase “Romantic Superstore” without notifying the city.

The Mayor is asking for projected sales, accounting information and a detailed inventory of the store’s merchandise.

He wants to ensure that it is not an adult retail store.

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9:10 am
Wed August 14, 2013

"Romantic Superstore" Sign Draws Fire In Salisbury

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There’s a new sign out along Route 13 in Salisbury.

It reads “Red Light District, Romantic Superstore.”

And its display windows feature mannequins dressed in lingerie.

It’s part of the ongoing battle between the owner of the lingerie store and Mayor Jim Ireton just what kind of sign will be allowed – and the nature of the store itself.

Ireton says the store owner did not get the needed permission from the city for the sign.

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