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10:27 am
Fri July 26, 2013

NAACP Questions Chamber's Dismissal by Mayor

Mayor Jim Ireton
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The President of the Wicomico County NAACP is demanding an explanation from Mayor Jim Ireton for his dismissal of Lore’ Chambers.

She had been assistant city administrator for Salisbury for the last 5 years.

President Mary Ashanti said her organization was “extremely disappointed and dismayed” by the Mayor’s actions.

When asked by the Salisbury Daily Times as to whether Ashanti considered the firing an act of discrimination she replied that given Chambers is African American it is “a matter of protocol.”

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10:14 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Now It's "Red Light Lingerie"

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There will be no Red Light District sign hanging in Salisbury.

Instead, the store on North Salisbury Boulevard will get be called “Red Light Lingerie.”

The change in name follows the city’s rejection of Red Light District because  Mayor Jim Ireton says, it has too much of a negative connotation.

He says that’s especially the case since the city has tried to clean up the area that was the location for the infamous Thrift Travel Inn that had problems with prostitution.

The store sits across the street.

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2:44 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Ireton Draws Fire Over Employee's Dismissal

Council Vice President Laura Mitchell
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The firing of assistant city administrator Lore’ Chambers by Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton may have violated the city charter.

That’s the conclusion of Council Vice President Laura Mitchell who is normally an ally of the mayor.

She cited a specific provision that lays out the protocol for terminating rank-and-file employees.

She told the Salisbury Daily Times that either an employee is a department head who serves at the advice and consent of the council or they are subject to a department head.

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9:28 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Mixed Results in Salisbury Crime Report

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Some mixed results in the crime report for Salisbury.

In the Safe Streets Zone newsletter midway through the year violent crimes have declined slightly.

Aggravated assaults are down from 128 last year to 101 this year.

Rapes are also down from 11 last year to 7 this year while robberies edged down from 57 to 55.

The figures are only from Salisbury police and the Wicomico County sheriff’s Office.

That means the first murder that took place on Patrick Street is not counted because it was handled by state police.

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9:44 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Mayor Ireton Dismisses Key City Official

Mayor Jim Ireton
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Lore’ Chambers, who had served as assistant city administrator in Salisbury since 2008, has been fired by Mayor Jim Ireton.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that she confirmed her dismissal but declined further comment including what options she might take.

The paper reports that Ireton said state law precludes him from talking about personnel matters but emphasized that he took action according to the city codes and charter.

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12:04 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Salisbury Mayor Praises Court Decision Striking Down Defense of Marriage Act

Mayor Jim Ireton
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today the federal government cannot discriminate against married same-sex couples. On his way back from the Maryland Association of Counties meeting, Mayor Jim Ireton told WSCL this decision was part of extending rights to all people.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush:

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9:03 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Additional Position Sought for Salisbury City Administrator

Mayor Jim Ireton
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Even as longtime Salisbury City Administrator John Pick prepares to depart this week Mayor Jim Ireton says he wants to add a new position directly under the administrator.

It would be the second such position and would provide a salary of between $61-thousand to $98-thousand.     

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a memo signed by top city departments including the police and fire chiefs said the additional position is needed because of technological advances as well as increasing mandates and overall growth of the government.  

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12:07 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

New Plans for Old Linens of the Week Property

Mayor Jim Ireton
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Mayor Jim Ireton has delivered a plan to the Salisbury City Council for the future of the Linens of the Week property dividing it up into five home lots and donating them to an affordable housing developer.

The plan would change the zoning classification for the property and some surround lots to residential.

The proposal is expected to go before the Planning and zoning Commission on Thursday.

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9:29 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Skateboarders To Get Facility in Salisbury

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The Salisbury will be giving skateboarders a park of their own.

The City Council reversed a previous decision and voted this week to accept a $262-thousand grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources awarded the previous summer.

But the skateboarders will have to do without certain amenities such as drinking water and a permanent restroom.

Instead, there will be a portable toilet with a place for hand washing.

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9:08 am
Tue June 11, 2013

First Property Tax Hike in Years for Salisbury

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The Salisbury City Council last night unanimously approved a $53 million budget that will raise property taxes for the first time in years.

The rate will go from $8.19 to $8.84 per $1000 of assessed property value.

The increase represents the revenue problem faced by Salisbury in the face of an 8 percent drop in the town’s property tax base due to the Great Recession.

There is a 2 percent pay raise for city employees and as well as money to maintain the pay increases for the police department.

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9:36 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Salisbury Property Tax Rate Expected to Go Up

Salisbury Council President Jake Day
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The Salisbury City Council is set to hold a final hearing tonight on the city’s $53 million budget that could include the town’s first property tax rate hike in years.

More than half of the nearly 11-thousand property owners would see an increase in their tax bills while the rest could see a slight decrease.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the rate will jump by 65 cents per $1-thousand of assessed property value just to keep the revenue from the property tax the same in the face of declining property values resulting from the Great Recession.

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9:28 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Mayor Ireton: Possible Lt. Gov. Candidate?

Mayor Jim Iregon
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Mayor Jim Ireton gave a strong introduction to the first Gubernatorial team of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman for next year’s election.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports a blog has floated the idea of Ireton joining another potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate State Attorney General Doug Gansler.

The paper reports that Ireton said that he has been getting some curious callers.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ireton did not give any hints on his future when asked about the chances of joining a Gansler ticket.

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9:26 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Salisbury Downtown Set Aside Proposal Could Be Scaled Back

Salisbury Downtown Plaza
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The Salisbury City Council is looking to cutback a key development fee in Mayor Jim Ireton’s proposal for revitalizing downtown.

Ireton’s plan would set aside up to 317 credits for water and sewer connection fees.

But last night Council President Jake Day says he wants to make around 100 credits available for downtown projects leaving the rest for employers to bring in high paying jobs.

These fees are called equivalent dwelling units or EDU’s and run around $33-hundred each.

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9:18 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Salisbury City Administrator John Pick Retires

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John Pick has been a regular fixture at Salisbury City Council meeting for the last 18 years as City Administrator.

But, at the age 62 he announced that is leaving his Eastern Shore job effective June 28th for the city manager position in Northglenn, Colorado.

Financially, it is a step up from his current pay of $96-thousand to $133-thousand.

Pick said that he was moving to be closer to his sons to assume broader responsibilities and to take advantage of the retirement benefits from the city that he has earned over the years.

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11:28 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for SU Watertower

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach
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It’s the largest elevated water tower in Salisbury.

In fact it’s four times higher than any other.

And the structure was unveiled in a ribbon cutting ceremony presided over by Salisbury University President Janet Dudely-Eshbach yesterday.

The 130-foot-tall Milford Street structure displays the University logo that consists of a silhouette of a seagull above the Salisbury University name in maroon.

The University paid $16-thousand for the paint and maintenance.

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8:59 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Proposed Storm Water Utility for Salisbury

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A new study calls creating a utility to raise more than $25 million over a ten year period to pay for maintaining and upgrading the stormwater drainage system in Salisbury.

The city council is set to hear a presentation by University of Maryland researchers.

Instead of property owners footing the bill the proposal would provide for a dedicated funding source to ensure that badly needed projects no longer experience delays in getting financing.

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9:55 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Salisbury Gets Permanent Fire Chief

Salisbury Fire Chief Richard Hoppes
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Salisbury finally has a permanent Fire Chief.

Richard Hoppes has been promoted from acting to the permanent fire chief after having lost two previous bids for the top spot.

In 2009 he south the job after the retirement of former fire Chief David See and again in 2012 when See’s permanent replacement quit.

At the time, the City Council majority rejected Hoppes despite Mayor Jim Ireton’s backing.

Instead, they agreed to allow him to continue on in an acting position.

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1:08 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Ireton Proposes Property Tax Hike

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Mayor Jim Ireton has proposed a property tax hike…in his latest $53 million budget for the city of Salisbury.

And, the new Council President Jake Day called it “fiscally appropriate.”

Ireton is seeking $8.84 per $1000 of assessed property value.

Last year, former Council President Terry Cohen rejected the Mayor’s proposal for a hike of $8.34 cents.

The increase comes in the face of one of the most dramatic plunges in property values of 8 percent and is needed just to maintain the amount revenue the city has been receiving.

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8:57 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Salisbury Decides Future of City in Today's Vote

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It’s Election Day in Salisbury.

Topping the list is that of the race for Mayor where incumbent Jim Ireton is facing off against Delmarva blogger Joe Albero.

In the money race Ireton comes out ahead with a commanding lead of over $10-thousand to $71-hundred for Albero.

At one time, Albero had been supportive of Ireton.

Meanwhile, in District 2 two term incumbent Council Vice President Debbie Campbell is being challenged by urban planner Jake Day…who overwhelmed her in the primary with over 800 votes around 300.

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8:25 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Last Salisbury University Campus Debate by City Candidates

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Mayoral and city council candidates  met last night for the last of their debates on the campus of Salisbury University as they face off in next week’s election.

In the most contentious race Mayor Jim Ireton was pressed about when he planned to send up a name to fill the long vacant position of Fire Chief.

The Mayor responded that he would do so when “…it was ready to go.”

Meanwhile, challenger Joe Albero is a local blogger who has been sharply critical of the Salisbury Zoo.

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11:32 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Business Closure Plan Heats Up Salisbury Mayoral Race

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At a forum held by the Salisbury Area of Chamber of Commerce the two candidates for Mayor got grilled on a proposal that could shut down a business that experienced multiple police visits.

Mayor Jim Ireton defended the plan that could trigger a year’s closure with as few as two police calls for more serious crime within a two year period.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he told the Chamber “…police your own or the city will have to do it for you, respectfully.”

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8:59 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Delmarva Today 03-15-2013

Joe Albero, Jim Ireton

In what could be a pivotal election, on April 2 Salisbury voters will go the polls to choose the next mayor.  Incumbent Jim Ireton and challenger Joe Albero discuss their vision of the city's future.

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9:55 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Mayor Jim Ireton Gives State of the City Address

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With members of the city departments flanking him last night Mayor Jim Ireton touted a dramatic 40 percent drop in the crime rate with a 21 percent decline over the past 10 years.

During his address broadcast from Holloway Hall on the campus of Salisbury he also noted that the new police substation in the Doverdale neighborhood has been opened and that the city would be applying for more Safe Streets funding to continue the trend

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9:12 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Salisbury Acting Fire Chief Term Extended

Salisbury Acting Fire Chief Richard Hoppes
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The Salisbury City Council gave the current acting fire chief an extension through the end of the month during an emergency council session yesterday.

But the Council majority said that Mayor Jim Ireton must show progress toward choosing a permanent replacement.

The council rejected Ireton’s previous nomination of Rick Hoppes to permanently succeed Jeff Simpson.

In January of 2012 Hoppes was appointed to serve as fire chief for six months or until a successor could be found.

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9:12 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Trash Pick Up In Downtown Salisbury

Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton
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You might not think that trash pick would be a problem in downtown Salisbury.

But the City Council will be taking up such trash issues at its meeting today.

But Ryan Patton picks up a week’s worth of garbage with his truck and drives the load from his downtown Salisbury apartment to a trash bin in Ocean City – 30 minutes away.

The reason? He told the Salisbury Daily Times that there is no trash pickup available to residents and businesses on the city’s Downtown Plaza.

But there are plans in the works.

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10:08 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Social Media Restrictions for Salisbury City Workers

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A proposal to limit Salisbury City employees access to social media sites on work computers has drawn charges of violating their free speech rights.

Council member Debbie Campbell called for reworking the plan so as not to “trample on people’s First Amendment rights.”

During a work session yesterday Council President Terry Cohen said that the new rules need to avoid even a hint of trying to suppress free speech outside of legitimate government concerns.

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1:32 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

The Presidential Race: A Delegate's View

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With the end of the Democratic National Convention, delegates are returning home to face what could be a tough race in some of the battleground states. For Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton, the convention provided a lift to his fall campaign efforts.

9:23 am
Mon September 3, 2012

First Time Salisbury Delegates Attend Democratic National Convention

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There will be 123 delegates from Maryland at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte North Carolina.

And some locals will get their first taste of such festivities.

Mayor Jim Ireton, Council member Laura Mitchell and 2008 Obama volunteer Chuck Cook will be on hand as first time delegates.

Ireton told the Salisbury Daily Times that he is planning to attend the rural caucus and catch up with National Education Association supporters.

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4:00 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Funding Request to Fight Mosquitos in Salisbury

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Mayor Jim Ireton wants to increase spending on mosquito spraying this season.

He says the amendment to this year’s spending plan would help Salisbury coordinate its effort with Wicomico County.

In the wake of the rise in the West Nile Virus that has left on dead in the state of Maryland Ireton reminded residents to protect themselves against mosquitos that carry the disease.  

9:17 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Blogger Sues Salisbury Mayor

The controversial blogger Joe Albero is seeking $200-thousand from the Mayor of Salisbury Jim Ireton.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the suit was filed in June.

Albero, who established a residence in downtown Salisbury on the second floor of his office in March, is seeking damages for the Mayor calling him Delaware blogger.

The blogger alleges this raises questions about his eligibility to run for office.

City law requires that candidates must be a resident of the city for at least one year before the election.

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