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9:53 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Pay Hike for Salisbury Elected Officials Inches Forward

Salisbury City Council President Jake Day
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The Salisbury City Council is expected to take up a 12 percent pay hike during its next formal meeting.

During its work session yesterday Council President Jake Day pushed an informal vote to move the measure along.

But with reelection looming next year for all the council members and the Mayor there could be a symbolic problem.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that council member Tim Spies noted the economy still struggling and he does not expect it to get any better anytime soon.

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9:26 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Salisbury Creates Home Foreclosure Task Force

Salisbury City Council President Jake Day
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Last night Salisbury City council voted to establish a Foreclosure Task Force to help stop the high number of foreclosures in the area.

The task force will be made up of nine individuals such as bank representatives, realtors, and residents.

Council President Jake Day said, "We have this incredibly rapidly increasing rate of foreclosures -- an increase of 430% year over year from last year. So we’ve got have this rapidly increasing problem and we’re trying to create a group of people who know something about it to begin to address it and reduce those rates."

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9:09 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Water and Sewer Connection Fee Waivers for Businesses in Salisbury

Mayor Jim Ireton
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The Salisbury City Council is providing more than $1 million in waivers for water and sewer connection fees for projects in the downtown area and the city’s Enterprise Zone.

They’re known as equivalent dwelling units which go for around $35-hundred.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the 300 credits will apply to properties in the Downtown Development District, the Central business district, the Riverfront Redevelopment Area and the Enterprise Zone.

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8:55 am
Tue August 13, 2013

"Red Light District Lingerie" Sign, Mayor Says Not Okay

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Mayor Jim Ireton says Salisbury City officials will not allow a new sign that went up at a store front that read, ”Red Light District Lingerie”.

Ireton said that the sign is not considered a banner and therefore needs city approval.

A banner can stay up 14 days.

Also mannequins wearing lingerie now appear in the window.

Previous requests for approval of two other wordings, ”Red Light District” and “Red Light Lingerie” have been turned down.

Salisbury also wants to make sure that it is not an adult retail store.

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9:36 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Crime Down From Years Past in Salisbury


Serious crime rose slightly in Salisbury last year but compared to 2004 it has dropped by nearly 21 percent.

That’s according to the latest data from the Salisbury Police Department.

In 2012 the Department showed there were nearly 22-hundred reported Part 1 crimes that range from homicide and forcible rape to robbery, theft and arson.

That’s a 1.1 percent increase over 2011.

Two-thirds of the those crimes were thefts or just over 14-hundred.

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9:26 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Mayor Begins Demolition of Thrift Travel Inn

Mayor Jim Ireton
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Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton wearing an orange hard hat was seen yesterday in an excavator to take the first whack at an eye-soar that has plagued the city for many years.

The Thrift Travel Inn was a notorious landmark is now and is being razed after being on the auction block with no takers.

Demolition should be completed by next week.

It’s owned by United Central Bank which hired Demolition Services of Virginia to destroy the two-story building on North Salisbury Boulevard.

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9:53 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Salisbury City Council Considers Pay Hike For Police Dept.

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The Salisbury city Council unanimously decided to seek $65000 to increase salaries for the Police Department.

That’s more than the $400,000 Mayor Jim Ireton and Police Chief Barbara Duncan sought.

This week, Duncan and Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello described a hard working understaffed department with hectic schedules and rookie mistakes.

One high ranking officer told the council that his fellow officers were nearing “the breaking point”.

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9:24 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Pay Hike Request For Salisbury Police

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Mayor Jim Ireton is seeking a $4-thousand annual hike for the pay of the rank-and-file officers in the Salisbury Police Department.

The pitch is part of an effort to reduce the number of officers now leaving for better paying jobs.

This would be the first raise for the force in 9 years not counting cost-of-living adjustments.

The Salisbury Daily Times adds it would be the first hike of any kind in four years.

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8:48 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Rick Hoppes Continues as Acting Fire Chief for Salisbury

Rick Hoppes will continue on as acting fire chief while the city of Salisbury continues its search for a permanent replacement.

The decision by the City Council was unanimous at last night’s meeting.

Hoppes has been a member of the fire department for more than 25 years and has been acting fire chief twice in the last three years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Hoppes has applied for chief both times.

The second time Mayor Jim Ireton nominated him for the permanent position.

But that was rejected by the city council on a 3-to-2 vote.

9:08 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Salisbury City Council Considers Cut in Water Capacity Fee

The Salisbury City Council is expected to begin voting tonight on a plan to cut the water capacity fee by as much as 65 percent.

That would put it at around $38-thousand down from the current $85-hundred dollars.

Under the proposal by Mayor Jim Ireton that would make it the second most attractive municipality in Maryland for a developer.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that advisers have told the Salisbury City Council there could be legal implications if the capacity fees do not reflect upcoming projects.

1:00 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Salisbury Mayor proclaims July "Delmarva Public Radio month"

Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton presents the city proclamation to DPR's Don Rush
Angela Byrd

Salisbury Mayor James Ireton has issued a city proclamation declaring July “Delmarva Public Radio Month” in honor of the 25th anniversary of its founding in 1987.

The Mayor praised Delmarva Public Radio with its 40,000 listeners for bringing many local citizens, community leaders, politicians and other dignitaries to the airwaves to explore the issues that concern all Delmarvans.

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9:02 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Cedar Crossing Incident Puts Police On High Alert for Salisbury Festival


An estimated 30-thousand visitors are expected to attend this weekend’s Salisbury Festival with rides, booths and entertainment to greet them.

But the events of last Saturday at Cedar Crossing in which around 15-hundred students found themselves sprayed with Mace by police and four arrested has left city officials scrambling to repair the damage done to the relationship between the city and University students.

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