Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 9/01/2010 08:46:00 PM
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 9/01/2010 05:43:00 PM
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A HURRICANE WATCH FOR ACCOMACK, WORCESTER, AND SUSSEX COUNTIES. A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS, INCLUDING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 74 MPH! NOW IS THE TIME TO IMPLEMENT YOUR HURRICANE PLAN, WHICH SHOULD INCLUDE EVACUATION PLANS IF THEY ARE NEEDED!!!
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 9/01/2010 04:29:00 PM
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 9/01/2010 04:23:00 PM
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 9/01/2010 04:00:00 PM
I read in the Daily Times this morning that Robert Keith Layton Jr over on Pineway had been charged after trying to remove the clothes of an 11 year old girl at her home. I have made my feelings known about this and I just have nothing more to add. Wicomico County must be like the dark corner with cereal in the floor that the cockroaches congregate to.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 9/01/2010 03:08:00 PM
I think the idea of being important has made John's brain stop functioning correctly as all he does is pal around with the Crisfield Elite and Bob Ehrlich. This happens alot with younger candidates when they start being paid attention to and it is really sad to see John take this route as well.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 9/01/2010 02:14:00 PM
John Hamilton is running against Gail Bartkovich in District 3 and yet we know nothing about him. I am hoping that someone that knows him or supports him will send in a comment and let him know I want him to send me anything he wants the public to know. It is fair that everyone has the opportunity to be heard and since I haven't seen any signs or anything I do want this guy to be heard, he deserves that much for putting his name out there.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 9/01/2010 11:00:00 AM
He closed with "this legislation deserves an up or down vote before Thanksgiving."
Closed door meetings were held for 14 months between the mayor, Councilwomen Debbie Campbell and Terry Cohen, two attorneys and a few staff members -- accumulating more than $10,700 in legal fees.
I requested information and received either refusals or possibly "executive privilege" applied. Now there is a full court press to sell this legislation. Misleading and inaccurate statements are publicized.
This proposed seven-part plan includes eliminating all nonconforming multi-family dwellings within 10 years, a crime-free lease addendum, a tenant's bill of rights, Board of Zoning Appeals changes, a "three strikes" law to mitigate problem properties by imposing fines, a prostitution relief bill and a community empowerment bill.
Thousands of people will be impacted by this legislation.
Moving forward, I met with the mayor Aug. 11 and suggested organizing a task force consisting of business community members, SAPOA and concerned citizens. He refused. Now it seems Campbell and Cohen do not want this type of dialogue.
I trust there will be reconsideration. There are questions that do not have answers: How much is this package going to cost taxpayers?
It will require resources and staff. Can our existing staff take on this additional responsibility or will additional staff be needed?
Our Neighborhood Services and Code Compliance Department is already burdened with its current workload.
What impact will this legislation have on an already ailing housing market? What will happen to Salisbury's beautiful old mansions that cannot be sold as single-family homes in today's market? What will happen with land use contracts? Some municipalities, such as Princess Anne, do not recognize these properties as rentals; Salisbury does.
Workers may be displaced; how will this impact our rising 8.8 percent unemployment rate and our homeless population?
Will this add to the negative numbers of our struggling business sector?
How does this compare to other municipalities' Safe Streets implementation?
These are a few of many questions about this package.
There are more benefits in working together and having open doors for positive and constructive analysis. In his book, "The Engineer in War and Peace: From Guadalcanal to Main Street," Pete Cooper wrote: "Details of a plan cannot successfully be ironed out at the council table -- only approval or disapproval can reasonably be expected."
Let us bring the minds of individuals together and exemplify collaboration.
•Louise Smith is president of the Salisbury City Council
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 9/01/2010 09:30:00 AM
Well we had a shooting and a guy rob an elderly man at the ATM on Mt Hermon Road. I was blown away at the ATM incident as it was middle of the afternoon. I think that it is time to remove all walk up ATM access in Salisbury as these are what are being watched or used at crimes of opportunity. If you are in a vehicle unless they display a gun you can get away from the situation which would have occured yesterday. If you are in your vehicle and you notice some guy come creeping toward your car on foot you can put the window up and hit the gas.
I just hate the fact that nobody is having any GOB crime rallies or demanding action. It seems that the people that were so hell bent on getting rid of Chief Webster show once again it never was about the crime it was about the person. Anyone that knew what was going on knew this as fact but at least now the public can see wht it was really all about.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 9/01/2010 08:45:00 AM