Mayor Ireton certainly has his plate full with all kinds of "old baggage" the former Mayor left behind.
You know what though Folks, you have to wonder just how many people were aware of the scams that have been going on in Salisbury for so many years. Yesterday it was Alarm Systems, today its Towing Companies.
So let's look at the local Towing Industry. The City of Salisbury has an agreement with each and every Towing Company in Salisbury to which each owner can only own ONE company and each Owner signs a formal agreement to such. In this contract they are required to have a secured storage lot, yet this is clearly not policed by the City because some do not. In fact, some actually share storage lots with other Towing Companies. Some don't have a secured lot at all.
More importantly, the reason the City has each Owner sign an agreement to which they only own ONE company at a time is based on a ROTATION system. If the Salisbury Police need a vehicle towed, they use a rotation list. The same could be said for the City of Salisbury's parking/meter group. This rotation system is in place to make sure everyone is treated equally and fairly. But are they? If you own lets say 4 companies, you're getting 4 times the business the next guy who's doing things by the book is. Now multiply that throughout an entire year!
What does it mean these days when an owner of a company knowingly signs an agreement and then flat out lies in order to gain more business?
Certainly this is a small scale thing but to those smaller Towing Companies struggling to stay alive in this economy, it means everything to them.
It's been reported there are companies that own as many as 4 different companies at one time. A DOT# is given to the individual/owner, not the corporation. One can easily look at the DOT #'s on each company vehicle and see they are owned by one individual.
OK, now that you're aware that this unfair practice is going on, what would you say if I told you our local government is well aware of it and has done absolutely nothing to resolve it. Let me add, could this be considered perjury?
We're told there's a special way to get around this formal agreement but once again, who's policing the Police? Who's policing the City? Could a Mayor suggest only certain companies be considered first? How about the Police Department leadership? Is there room for payoffs?
This is what the Good Old Boys are all about, beating the system. Since Mayor Ireton is well aware of what's going on, yet nothing has been done about it, I'm asking that the States Attorneys Office start looking into this matter.
If YOU are aware of any other similar possible scams like this, let us know and we'll look into it.