Veteran John Tull is named Salisbury Fire Chief

Assistant Salisbury Fire Chief John Tull has been named the new Fire Chief, replacing Rick Hoppes. Tull, who has 26 years of experience with the city department, was chosen from about 40 applicants and confirmed by City Council members during a special session on Monday, said Council President Jack Heath. “I’ve known John for quite […]

Salisbury council gives final budget approval

Salisbury’s recently passed $60.9 million FY19 budget is, Mayor Jake Day said,  “one of proudest in our city’s history.” “It continues to invest in our youth and focuses on ending homelessness, reducing crime. It takes our economy seriously and investing in our economy. It’s not just about politics. “I’m as pleased with it now as […]

City implements new phone system to improve service

Salisbury’s new phone system, unveiled last week by Salisbury Mayor Jake Day, allows residents to reach any city department, or learn about upcoming activities, by dialing a single number – 833-SBY-CITY. Callers are immediately thanked for contacting the city and told it’s the staff’s pleasure to serve them. They are instructed to dial 911 if […]

Truitt Street Community Center off to positive start

Now that the Community Center at 319 Truitt St. is open, volunteers are working to appeal to local  young people. “The goal to have a safe haven for them,” said Jermichael Mitchell, of the Salisbury Pride Lion’s Club, one of the local organizations that signed a contract with the city to use space in the […]

Fire Chief Rick Hoppes to step down after 33 years service

The city is advertising for a new Fire Chief to replace the retiring Rick Hoppes, whose 30 years of service evoked glowing comments from Mayor Jake Day. “I am grateful for his commitment to the city, his loyalty, his dedication to his employees. He is a person who is always interested in improvement and learning […]

It’s pothole season: Tell officials where they are

After the jokes about potholes – like the one about a road cavity being so huge, a family of four was living in it – comes the serious business of repairing them. That’s being done on both city and county roads as quickly as possible, following the Blizzard of 2018, which quickened the rate that […]

Senators help break ground for Salisbury amphitheater

Under a cloudy sky, Mayor Jake Day, joined by U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, dug shovels into a pile of dirt and tossed it into the air on Friday, officially breaking ground for the new Riverwalk Amphitheater. “This is an incredible moment. Give your mayor thanks,” a beaming Cardin said, leading applause […]

City-county skirmish building over tax billing

The Salisbury City Council will send a letter to the Wicomico County Council and meet with those counterparts to object to County Administrator Bob Culver’s decision to stop issuing city tax bills from his office. Currently, it is the practice of the county’s staff to mail out both city and county tax bills. Salisbury Mayor […]

Veto overridden; pay raises coming for mayor, council

The Salisbury City Council, by unanimous vote this week, overrode Mayor Jake Day’s veto of a pay raise for the mayor’s post and council seats. A few days after an ordinance to increase salaries was passed approved, Day vetoed it. The ordinance will double the mayor’s salary from $25,000 to $50,000 annually. Day said this […]

Day vetoes measure on council, mayor raises

Mayor Jake Day has vetoed the ordinance passed the Salisbury City Council, to double his salary and increase compensation for the Salisbury City Council. The pay raise – from $25,000 to $50,000 annually — had been discussed and debated by City Council members for several weeks, and Day has consistently disagreed with a pay hike. […]