I just took a drive around town on my lunch hour, and happened to be going by the Inn, so I stopped to see what all the fuss has been about. Reading the papers posted there, The city has gone from grass and weed violations to actually condemning the structure as unsafe. I went all around the building looking for the structural problems, and could find none. Not even peeling paint! There’s a little rotted spot on the canopy fascia board out front, but that’s all.
That’s when WBOC pulled up and wanted to put me on TV with my opinion for their story on tonight’s news. I politely declined and left.
Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with the building. It’s a saleable product. It did not commit any crimes! It’s up for auction for the highest bidder over $75k. Someone could buy that and have enough left over to turn it into an asset to the City. If people don’t want to spend the money to buy it, why should they be forced to pay to have it torn down? There are many, many, many Sperry Van Ness signs up in this town. Should city residents be forced to fork over the money to have ALL those vacant buildings torn down?
It just makes no sense.
Publishers Notes: Mayor Jim Ireton is on the Campaign War Path trying to put all kinds of pressure on the City Council with his feel good projects. You know, he'll clean the river so you can swim in it within 10 years kind of crap. I'll give Police Officers pay increases costing the taxpayers $400,000.00, yet he never mentioned it in this years budget proposal, nor last years or the year before that.
Jim Ireton wants to do things that simply COST the taxpayers. Don't forget his proposal last year to raise taxes, yet they had a $600,000.00 SURPLUS!!!!! Thankfully Debbie Campbell and the Council majority dug in deep enough to find that a tax increase was completely unnecessary.
Salisbury needs a new Mayor. We'll have to wait and see how WBOC twists this story for the Mayor.