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The Mayor and City Council members of Salisbury will be getting a raise.

The council this week gave their final approval to hike the salary for the mayor from $25-thousand a year to $50-thousand a year.

Council members will get a bump from $10-thousand to $12-thousand while the president of the council will go from $12-thousand to $15-thousand.

The pay hikes will not take effect until after the city elections next year.

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There is frustration by downtown business owners in Salisbury over construction restrictions with the delays in Phase 2 of the Main Street project.

WBOC reports that businesses between Poplar Hill Avenue and Baptist Street say their stores and restaurants are struggling.

The television station reports that city officials would not comment on camera.

But they did send an email with estimates for construction completion.

The expected date for reopening the street is now set for December 16th.

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Salisbury and the breakaway volunteer firefighters are at it again.

This time the city is suing to keep them from spending taxpayer money as well as funds that came from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.

The city wants back property and funds that it says the volunteer fire company improperly took.

Finally, the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the city also wants an auditor to review Company 1’s records.

The paper was not able to immediately reach Cory Polidore, chief of Company One.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The National Weather Service says the storm that blew through Salisbury, Maryland, was most likely a tornado.

Meteorologist Mike Dutter said Monday that the service will make an official confirmation on Tuesday when officials inspect the damage.

Eyewitnesses said trees were split and cars were overturned. Homes and buildings were also damaged. No injuries had been reported Monday afternoon.

Dutter said the National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning with the possibility of a tornado.

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The National Folklife Festival is coming to Salisbury. It's set to arrive in 2018 and will stay in the city for three years. Mayor Jake Day told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that three years ago the city wasn't ready. But now, he adds, he sees this as a major boost for the Crossroads of Delmarva.

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The City of Salisbury is being sued by the volunteer firefighter company that left Fire Department Station 1 earlier this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they are seeking the return of equipment and other items they said they bought as well as nearly $500-thousand in damages.

The suit also charges that the Fire Chief acted with malice and ill will toward the fire company.  

Mayor Jake Day says the city is meeting with the firefighters and has list of what it will return and what it will not.

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There's a great deal of construction going on in downtown Salisbury. Delmarva Public Radio's Eric Gaudreau files this report on efforts to revitalize the area.  Producers for this story were Talon Foreman and Brianna George.

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The company one volunteer firefighters have cut a deal to relocate to the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport.

The move comes after deciding to separate from the Salisbury Fire Department.

Council president John Cannon told WBOC that this was a positive development.

Meanwhile, County Executive Bob Culver has proposed a budget amendment that would include the volunteer fire company.

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Members of the volunteer fire company at Station 1 in Salisbury crammed into the chambers of the Wicomico County Council.

During the special session they heard Corey Polidore with the volunteer fire company describe the frustration his members felt in its negotiations with the city to resolve staffing differences.

He said, “Due to issues that occurred that went unaddressed for a year, two years now, the meeting with the city and the city fire chief – things just never seemed to get addressed.”

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Governor Larry Hogan announced yesterday that the state will invest $1 million for the revitalization of downtown Salisbury.

Mayor Jake Day hailed the money as marking a real partnership between state and local government.

He said, “The most important announcement said, ‘I’m a partner. I’m invested from this point forward.’ We’re going to see fruition of this project within three years. And I believe we have a partner all the way through, from beginning to end.”

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