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9:09 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Bateman Street Groundbreaking Ceremony Today

It is finally going to come to pass.

At 11 am this morning the City of Salisbury will hold the groundbreaking ceremony for a change on Bateman Street.

Last week the City Council unanimously approved plans to make Bateman Street one-way for westbound traffic between South Division and Wayne streets.

Mayor Jim Ireton praised the work and generosity of Salisbury University as well as the Salisbury Public Works Department.

Salisbury University contributed $180-thousand to the $280-thousand cost of the initiative in partnership with the City of Salisbury. 

9:06 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Possible Albero Mayoral Run Examined

Joe Albero may not have announced officially, but already he is getting scrutiny for an expected run for Mayor of Salisbury.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at this controversial blogger's ideas for the city and his clashes with local leaders. 

8:53 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Good Crowd at Annual Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield

Thousands flocked to the 36th Annual J Millard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake in Crisfield yesterday despite the hot sun.

Valerie Howard, director of the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce told the Salisbury Daily Times that organizers began selling tickets from the outset at 9 am.

She said she did not know yet how many had been sold.

Crisfield Mayor Percy Purnell, who was greeting visitors at the tent hosted by the city, added that the day was probably at least 2 degrees hotter than usual.

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12:56 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Salisbury Mayor Subject to a Hoax

It was a spoof.

That’s the word from Mayor Jim Ireton and Police Chief Barbara Duncan.

Salisbury police have identified David Gaudette as the person who called local blogger Joe Albero pretending to be a drunk Mayor Ireton conceding the upcoming mayoral election and asking him to meet with him the next day.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that when Ireton did not show up at the fictitious meeting Albero phoned City Council Vice President Debbie Campbell to tell her about the incident.

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8:37 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Delay in Bateman/Onley Project Expected in Salisbury

There could be a snag in the construction set for next month at the Bateman Street/Onley Road intersection in Salisbury.

Mayor Jim Ireton presented the city council with a resolution that would make Bateman Street one-way and allow traffic to move in a westward direction from South Division Street to Wayne Street.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the resolution will have to be turned into an ordinance which requires two votes and a public hearing.

A resolution only calls for one vote.

8:28 am
Fri June 8, 2012

$10 Million Settlement in Salisbury Wastewater Dispute

There’s a $10 million settlement in the lawsuit filed by Salisbury against the engineering firm which designed the defective wastewater treatment plant.

Mayor Jim Ireton and Council President Terry Cohen signed the agreement last night with the firm O’Brien & Gere.

The company says it is doing so without any admission of fault.  

The city spent over $60 million on the plant.

The new design by the national firm Brown & Caldwell is expected to run another $60 million.

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8:54 am
Mon June 4, 2012

New Plan for Downtown to be Heard by Salisbury City Council

The Salisbury City Council is set to take up today a new plan by Mayor Jim Ireton for a redevelopment district for the downtown area that would eliminate several parking lots.

Ireton says that a recent study found there would still be plenty of parking in the downtown area with the plan.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that over a month and a half’s time the city actually counted the spaces used in the downtown area by the parking garage and five nearby lots.

Ireton says that no single politician or blog can argue there is a problem with parking in downtown.

8:36 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Salisbury Mayor Threatens Veto Over Budget

 Mayor Jim Ireton says he intends to veto the budget approved by the Salisbury City Council despite the 4-to-1 super majority vote.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ireton told City Administrator John Pick to inform the Council he does not support this budget and to expect a veto.

The budget was approved with the dissent of Laura Mitchell. who  charged that the council majority had grossly overestimated some of next year’s projected revenues.

8:29 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Demolition Funds for Linens of the Week Property Approved in Salisbury



The Salisbury City Council gave its approval last night to a funding proposal that will cover the remaining demolition costs of the Linens of the Week property.

The unanimous vote to okay this year’s action plan for a Community Development Block Grant came during its regular meeting but not without some fireworks.

Council Vice President Debbie Campbell told her colleagues that she still opposed the city’s ownership of the property as well as the use of the Block Grant money.

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8:45 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Mayor Proposes Hike in Property Tax


             Salisbury residents could be hit with a 1.5 percent hike in their property taxes after four years of holding the line on such an increase.

            That’s the issue facing the city as Mayor Jim Ireton rolled out his 2013 budget plan this week.

            The Mayor says the increase is needed in light of the decline of $1.7 million in property tax revenues since 2010 because of a $221 million drop in property assessments.

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10:41 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Salisbury Mayor Wants New Powers Over Department Heads


             Mayor Jim Ireton says he wants the Salisbury City Council to consider at-will status for the city administrator and department heads, giving him sole hiring and firing power.

            Ireton argued that because the council had changed the city charter to give them sole authority over the city Attorney his office should be given that same power over the city administrator and department heads.

            The Council also has sole oversight of the City Clerk’s office.

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