Salisbury city audit finds welcome spike in surplus

Salisbury ended fiscal year 2019 with a $9.8 million surplus – a $2.4 million increase from 2018 – but officials will now have to use some of it to cover $815,000 in unbudgeted fire department expenses.  City Council members got both the good and bad news during a Monday night work session, and Mayor Jake […]

Mayor’s budget focuses on safety, neighborhoods

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day has submitted a $62.37 million fiscal 2020 spending plan that leaves city property tax and sewer rates untouched from the current year. Total annual spending would increase by $879,000; the city is on course to have spent $61.49 million by the close of the fiscal year on June 30. The city’s […]

Salisbury names Cameron new Water Works director

Mayor Jake Day has appointed Cori Cameron as the city’s next Director of Water Works. Her appointment was unanimously approved Monday by the City Council. Cameron has been serving as the department director in an interim capacity since May 2018. Cameron began her career as a Water Plant Operator at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission […]

Lindsay, Howard to fill key Salisbury positions

Mayor Jake Day this week spoke with confidence about local men hired to fill two positions in the city. Kevin Lindsay is the new Neighborhood Relations Manager and Everett Howard Jr. was named Director of Housing and Community Development. Howard had been interim director since April. Lindsay, 41, was case manager at Goodwill for the […]

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 […]