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Laura Mitchell left the Salisbury City Council this week. She came in at a time of great political turmoil as the city faced some of its toughest challenges. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Mitchell as she settled in at her new home in Montgomery County about her experience and the issues that she faced at the time.

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The voting is over and the presidential front runners came out the winners last night.

Donald Trump swept the primary states while Clinton won four including Maryland and Delaware.

In Maryland Clinton overwhelmed Senator Bernie Sanders 63 percent to 33 percent while Trump trounced his rivals picking up 54 percent of the vote.

In Delaware Clinton beat Sanders by 60 percent to 39 percent while Trump won 61 percent of the vote.

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The 4-to-2 law that restricts the number of tenants in a home in Salisbury is being challenged by a landlord who is seeking $750-thousand in damages.

The defendants include the city and former Mayor Jim Ireton.

The former mayor who is currently running for congress in Maryland’s First District pushed to clean up poorly kept rentals.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Adams Housing LLC says that it was in compliance with the law because two of the three tenants were related.

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Jim Ireton made it official kicking off his campaign for Maryland’s First Congressional District in Crisfield this morning.

Fresh off his victory for the Salisbury City election after concluding two terms as the city’s Mayor the Democrat emphasized what he described as the incumbent’s failure to come to the aid of local governments on the Eastern Shore.

"We need a congressman who will go to Washington to make a difference not a point," he declared.

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The battle over the cost of fire and ambulance service by Salisbury for Wicomico County residents is going to a study.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the county says the cost is around $956-thousand while the city say it’s more like $2.2 million.

Next month the City and County Councils are expected to approve a contract with Tri-Data of Arlington, Virginia for the study.

The conflict over the cost heated up last April when then Mayor Jim Ireton threatened to withhold service if the city was not fairly compensated.

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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.


We could see one of the more interesting congressional races on Delmarva next year. Mayor Jim Ireton who has just been elected to the Salisbury City Council is contemplating a run against Representative Andy Harris in Maryland's First District. In part 2 of our interview with Ireton we talk with him about the issues and his chances in this conservative district.

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Mayor Jim Ireton overwhelmed his opponent Roger Mazzullo in last week's City Council elections in District 4. But could he be a lone voice on the council when it comes to rental issues in the city? In part 1 of our interview with the Mayor we talked about those issues and how they will play out on the council.

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Nov 5, 2015
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Fresh off his victory in Salisbury’s District 4 municipal election Mayor Jim Ireton appears to be eyeing another political job.

This time it’s a challenge to Representative Andy Harris in the Eastern Shore’s First District.

Just a few hours after winning his election on Tuesday he told WBOC that he might just take a shot at the Maryland Republican.

He told the television station that his voice would best be suited in Washington.

At Harris’s congressional office the reaction was not so subtle.

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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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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.


Wicomico County Sheriffs are investigating the death of a Parkside High student who died Sunday evening after collapsing on the campus of Salisbury University.

Authorities say that 16 year old Cameron Dashiell had been bicycling with two friends near the campus at the time.

Edwin Lashley, chief of the Salisbury University Campus Police, told the Salisbury Daily Times that he called the Sheriff’s department for assistance.

His body was taken to the Maryland State Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore.


A farmer’s market next the former Union Railroad Station is one step closer.

Mayor Jim Ireton says that city and finished with the curbs and sidewalks on Wilson and West Railroad streets.

The effort is a public/private partnership with the Knorr Brothers.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the landmark railroad station was built in 1914 and was in service for more than 40 years.

It was shut down in 1958 after passenger service was ended by the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Since then it has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Mayor Jim Ireton’s plans for rent stabilization ran into stiff resistance last night as municipal elections loom next month that could dramatically change the composition of the Salisbury City Council.

The council chamber was packed with landlords who spoke out – sometimes fiercely – against the proposal that would tie rents to assessed-property value for certain homes.

But it was council member Jack Heath who got the attention of the Mayor.


Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton has proposed a measure that would link rent that tenants pay to their landlords to a property’s assessed value.

The legislation would make the monthly rent for a home that is assessed at $77-thousand, $468 a month instead of the current $1-thousand.

The Mayor said if there were upgrades to the home the rent could be higher.

But WBOC reports some landlords reject the proposed rent control measure arguing that the city should not be able to dictate what a rented is charged.

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Mayor Jim Ireton says he wants to offer up some relief to renters in Salisbury.

In his statement he says that residents pay far too much to for quality rentals and charges there has been a problem of greed in the rental industry.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he wants to put $8 million back into the local economy.

The paper notes that rents rose dramatically during the early part of the last decade and have continued to climb despite the drop in paychecks during the Great Recession.

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The U.S. District Court in Baltimore accepted the new redistricting plan yesterday for Salisbury in which there are five council districts -- two of which are predominantly African American.

The original majority-minority District 1 now has three candidates vying for the seat in this year’s election and the new majority-minority District 2 has four.

Mayor Jim Ireton called the ruling “a well-deserved moment for our city” because it was not forced on the city but rather enacted by the City Council.

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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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Salisbury residents got another chance to weigh in last night on a proposed curfew for teenagers after three shooting deaths in eleven days.

It was held at St. Paul’s AME church where around 50 parents, students and residents showed up.

Specifics of the proposed ordinance were laid out by Mayor Jim Ireton and Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan.

Those between the ages of 14 and 17 would have to be at home between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Friday through Sunday.

On the other week nights the curfew would go into effect at 10 p.m.

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Mayor Jim Ireton held a community meeting less than 24 hours after another shooting in Salisbury – the third in eleven days.

The Mayor called the meeting after the shooting deaths of 17 year old Rakim Russell and 21 year old Dommier Deshields in early August.

But by August 12th 24-year old Shawn Woodford was shot in the back.

WBOC reports that the meeting was joined by Maryland Attorney General.

Ireton said that stopping violence is a community effort that must begin with children.


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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Confusion now reigns over whether there will be an expansion of the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex after all in conjunction with Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that on Monday Mayor Jim Ireton said that Wicomico County officials decided against asking for a 35 acre donation from the City of Salisbury.

In addition, the paper reports that a hearing on the donation set for later this month has also been cancelled.

The city said that Wicomico County officials have indicated that they are looking at other pieces of property.

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The developer that brought downtown Salisbury Headquarters Live and the Brick Room is looking at buying up two of the city’s parking lots in the area.

Devreco is a local developer and has put out a bid for lots 1 and 11 which stand between Circle Avenue and Downtown Plaza.

Currently they offer two hour parking.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they handed in a proposal and are now negotiating with the city on issues ranging from the purchase price to when construction must begin.

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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.


Salisbury is moving to eliminate the housing blight that has been in issue for year.

The city council agreed to back part of an initiative by Mayor Jim Ireton that would add over $37-thousand to next year’s city budget to buy homes being sold at a tax sale.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the city Vacant Homes Registry has 187 homes on its list.

The city is in the process of evaluating a $645 million plan to improve its infrastructure over the next 20 years.



Mayor Jim Ireton says that he will table his July 1st deadline to withhold fire and emergency services in Wicomico County.

He said that he was taking – what he has called – the nuclear option off the table because he believes that the county leaders are negotiating in good faith to resolve their tax dispute.

Ireton made the threat in his effort to get an agreement to resolve the problem of many county residents not paying for these services provided by the city.

The city and county met on April 28th to begin discussions and that led Ireton to withdraw his deadline.

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Wicomico County has issued a deadline to the city of Salisbury.

It wants to know by May 1st if the city will go through with Mayor Jim Ireton’s threat to cut off Fire and EMS service to surrounding county areas if there is no agreement by July 1st.

The Salisbury Fire Chief and a top city administration official met with county officials yesterday to begin discussions on a new agreement.

The city says that currently it is costing the Salisbury $2.2 million to provide service without adequate compensation from county residents.

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In the ongoing dispute over fire and EMS service Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has some questions about any agreement with the city of Salisbury.

Mayor Jim Ireton has threatened to cut off city fire and EMS service to surrounding county areas by July 1st  if city taxpayers are not given some form of tax relief for those services.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that many of the questions center on funding mechanisms.

The two sides are to meet on April 28th to discuss the issue.

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The best way to deal with providing fire and EMS service in Salisbury and the surrounding area is for Wicomico County to agree to some form of tax relief.

That’s was the opinion of the Salisbury Fire Chief Rick Hoppes.

Mayor Jim Ireton has laid down a deadline for later this year for the county to come to some agreement with the city or fire and EMS service will be restricted to the city limits of Salisbury.

The comments by the chief came during a roundtable discussion yesterday looking at options to resolve the issue.


If there is no meeting between Mayor Jim Ireton and Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver by April 28th the Mayor says he will outline a number options to the public on the issue of city fire and EMS service to the county.

Ireton declared, ”You have city taxpayer money and you have to give it back.”

This week the Mayor said that if there is no agreement by July 1st on tax relief for city residents who provide fire and EMS services to the county he will keep those services to within the city limits.