Mayor Jim Ireton has decided to reopen the search to fill the Salisbury’s City Administrtor’s job now occupied by Tom Stevenson on an interim basis.
Council President Jake Day said yesterday that there was no consensus on the council to conduct interviews after Ireton submitted the names of Stevenson and former assistant administrator Lore’ Chambers.
Ireton dismissed Chambers after a public exchange.
He said he nominated her along with Stevenson because he promised he would do so with the departure of longtime City Administrator John Pick.
In what some are calling “a house cleaning” Mayor Jim Ireton has moved to replace three members of the Housing Board that voted to overturn a city order that would have forced the owners of the old Salisbury Mall property to remove a hill-size pile of rubble.
Ireton did not like the September 16th Mall decision.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that one of the ousted board members called the move “a hostile takeover.”
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:
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.
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.
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.