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9:30 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Salisbury City Council Okays Talks on Athletic Complex Expansion

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The Salisbury City Council gave Mayor Jim Ireton last night the green light to open up talks with Wicomico County for the donation of land to nearly double the size of the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex.

The $3 million project is aimed at attracting more youth sports tournaments.

Currently, the Naylor Mill Road complex hosts the United States Specialty Sports Association’s Fastpitch Eastern World Series.

The County is already talking with the Association and other groups to add a baseball tournament and three more field sports events.

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9:54 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Salisbury Redistricting Plan Draws Ire and Support

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The Salisbury City Council held a hearing on a proposal to dramatically alter the political landscape by dividing the town up into 5 separate districts.

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1:37 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Delmarva Government Leaders Ponder Supreme Court Prayer Decision

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The Carroll County Commissioners aren't yet resuming Christian prayer at their public meetings despite court action that apparently allows it.

Board President Dave Roush opened Tuesday's meeting in Westminster with a prayer to the "God of us all," a generic deity. Roush said the five commissioners will discuss the matter during their public meeting Thursday.

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1:31 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Salisbury City Council Still Divided Over Pay Hike Proposal

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The Salisbury city council remained split on whether to give pay raises to council members and the Mayor.

During last night's council meeting, Council member Tim Spies said he felt being on the council should be considered a public service and that he would vote against the raise. 

Council President Jake Day said felt similar qualms about taking such an increase in the stipend calling his felling "icky".

He said believes the council members do their jobs out of love and dedication to the city.

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11:08 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Salisbury City Council Agrees to Buy Tasers for Police Department

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Last night, the Salisbury City Council unanimously approved $12,500 in funding for nine tasers for the Police Department.

Council President Jake Day said, "There's no situation where you do not want somebody to live. That's not something anyone would ever want to see. And this, based on everything we're hearing, would prevent the loss of life."

Assistant Police Chief Ivan Barkley said that the devices would be used to prevent injuries to officers and detainees while using a controlled force when necessary.

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9:36 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Salisbury Property Tax Rate Expected to Go Up

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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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9:52 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Salisbury Police and Dispatchers to Get Raise

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Salisbury City leaders have put a price tag on the decision to increase the salaries of police officers and emergency dispatchers.


It’s $488,000 and would cover the rest of the fiscal year through next June.


The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this is around $40,000 more than the original amount because it includes pay hikes for the city’s nine dispatchers along with the 60 rank-in-file officers.

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10:13 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Cut in Capacity Fees To Be Considered By Salisbury City Council

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The Salisbury City Council tonight will be looking at a cut in the city’s water and sewer connection fees by 60 percent for those buildings which are not connected to the city’s system.

This would mean a reduction from $8500 to just under $3400.

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce says the fee reduction will stimulate growth.

The revenue from the capacity fees has dropped dramatically from $1.6 million four years ago to $114,000 this year.  

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8:51 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Salisbury City Council Votes Cut in Water Capacity Fees

Water capacity fees for new developments look like they should be coming down in the city of Salisbury.

This week the City Council voted unanimously to cut the current fee by 65 percent – from $85-hundred to just under $34-hundred per equivalent dwelling unit.

Council President Terry Cohen noted that the reduction comes in the wake of the dramatic slowdown in growth.

Brad Gillis with the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce told the council that the cut in the capacity fees will help with the economic slowdown and put people back to work.  

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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.

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8:49 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Bateman Road on the Way to One-Way

The Salisbury City Council gave its approval during a special meeting yesterday to make Bateman Road one-way westbound including bike lanes paid for by the city.

The stretch of road between South Division and Wayne Streets would prohibit left turns from South Division Street.

In Addition, traffic signals will be installed and pedestrian crosswalks established at the intersection of Onley Road and South Division Streets.

Teresa Gardner, City Public Works director, said that anyone leaving from Wayne Street will Still be able to make left-hand turns onto Route 13.

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8:35 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Bateman Road Could Become One-Way After Salisbury City Council Session

Bateman Road in Salisbury could be on its way to becoming a one-way street.

The controversial road is set to come up before the Salisbury City Council tonight for a final vote.

Lore’ Chambers, assistant city administrator, says that converting the road to one-way would improve safety and would avoid having to change the way the intersection is aligned.

One stipulation for the legislation is that the city expends the least amount of dollars on the project.  

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that making Bateman one-way goes back to 2005. 

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8:45 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Making Extra Money for Salisbury Police Personnel

At tonight’s work session the Salisbury City Council will consider authorizing the police chief to enter into contractual agreements with businesses that request law enforcement services.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that officers with the Police Department have been working extra duty assignments at The Centre at Salisbury for some time.

The resolution says that the police department has developed a policy and standard contract that lays out the rules for all extra duty and secondary employment for its personnel.

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9:09 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Shields Criticizes New Redistricting Plans for Salisbury City Council

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The new proposals before the Salisbury City Council that would expand minority representation on the Salisbury City Council has drawn sharp criticism from Council member Shanie Shields, who represents the only minority majority district on the council. Delmarva Public Radio's Jamyla Krempel prepared this report.  

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8:25 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Redistricting Up for Discussion Before Salisbury City Council

 

            The Salisbury City Council will take up proposed redistricting plans this evening during its work session.

            The American Civil Liberties Union has threatened that the city could face litigation.

            Last week, the Council told the City Attorney to work with the ACLU on the issue.

            Meredith Curtis, with the ACLU, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the organization would not go beyond saying that they are in discussions with the city.

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12:41 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Redistricting In Salisbury to be Heard at Council Work Session

 

          The Salisbury City Council is set to take up proposals at its work session tonight to redraw district lines that could see the end of the at-large District 2.

            Council President Terry Cohen emphasized that the council body has not taken a position on any proposals or comments set forth by city staff or the public.

            Mayor Jim Ireton has offered three plans one of which would provide for only five council districts two of which would be majority minority districts.

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8:34 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Salisbury City Council Member Hospitalized for Blood Clots

 

 

            Salisbury City Council member Laura Mitchell has been hospitalized for blood clots.

            But, her husband told the Salisbury Daily Times that she is expected to make a full recovery.

            Miguel Mitchell said that his wife has had blood clots before and underwent a routine procedure yesterday to remove them.

            Mitchell has been on crutches for around a week because of a knee injury.

           

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10:16 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Salisbury City Council President Rejects Call to Step Down

   

 

Salisbury City Council President Terry Cohen dismisses call for her and Council Vice President Debbie Campbell to step down from their leadership positions. Delamarva Public Radio's Jamyla Krempel prepared a report.     

 

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9:36 am
Thu February 16, 2012

A Demand for the Top Leadership on the Salisbury City Council to Step Down

 

            Salisbury City Council member Laura Mitchell is calling on Council President Terry Cohen and Council Vice President Debbie Campbell to step down from their leadership positions.

            Mitchell charged that many stake holders in the city have lost faith in them.

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