Ireton, council at loggerheads on many Salisbury issues
You have to ask yourself, who's the bigger wussy, the Daily Times or Jim Ireton. This broken record has been playing over and over again for years now.
Are you sick and tired of the same old crap from your local media? WMDT chimed in several months ago calling the Council majority the Council of No's. They sent reporters uninvited to three Council Members homes, knocked on their doors and demanded they answer very harsh and direct questions from the station manager.
Here's how I see it and you have every right to voice your opinions in comments. Mayor Jim Ireton has brought forth lazy, amateur proposals the this Council. He has absolutely no clue what he's doing business wise and the projects he's brought forth he already knew well in advance the Council was going to shoot it down. He pushed these projects forward and screamed and yelled because they sucked. He hoped the local media would support him and guess what, they did. Have you ever seen the local TV station managers, general managers or someone like Greg Bassett run for Mayor of Salisbury? Of course not, yet their experts on how things should be done. PLEASE! Instead, they have employees participating in alleged phone spoofs.
Look, a new election is coming up and Jim Ireton has NOTHING he can stand proud in front of a crowd and say he's accomplished, you know it and I know it.
I am NOT trying to pick on Jim, he's a nice guy. However, he's solely a politician who has been sucking at the government teat since he graduated school. He has no business background and he's simply become a professional at liberal politics in which he screams and yells whenever he doesn't get his way. Then he points fingers at every one else because of his failures.
As your next Mayor, I've said this a hundred times, I will bring things to the table the entire Council can work with. If they can't, I'll go back to the drawing board until we have it right as a team. I won't spend 4 years blaming every one else.
As for Palmer Gillis, I think he was a bit too harsh with his words in that article. Palmer is a very wise and successful local businessman. His history in Salisbury is proven. Something should move forward with the old Station 16, I agree. Has the Council sat too long on this one, absolutely. When I'm elected we'll get something moving in the right direction for that property. Something the entire Council as well as residents will be proud of.
The Bricks was just plain stupid right out of the gate. Local government does NOT belong in the Landlord business, especially at $200,000.00 to $300,000.00 a unit! The proposal to surplus all of the parking lots Downtown and sell them off for subsidized housing units, (500 of them) again is just plain stupid. I HAVE NOT MET ONE PERSON WHO LIKES THAT IDEA.
As far as a Council/Manager form of government, Salisbury could be a great candidate for such a thing. HOWEVER, this is a legislative decision that would have to be sold to the voters.
The Daily Times said: "When Tim Spies was elected to the City Council last year, he immediately joined Council President Terry Cohen and Councilwoman Debbie Campbell to create a near-unshakable majority. Two years into his term as mayor, Ireton faced an uphill legislative battle."
Now this is very interesting and I want ALL of you to think about this for a minute. Let's remember that Jim Ireton was allegedly and throughout history aligned with Debbie, Terry and Tim. I ask you, WHO CHANGED and WHY? I know the people reading this Blog are NOT stupid.
While the Daily Times audience dwindles day by day, articles like the one they delivered today are packing far less of a punch then they had power wise in years past. Jim Ireton has proven he cannot manage his position as Mayor. He has proven he doesn't have what it takes to really get things moving in the right direction.
Just ask yourself who Jim Ireton has been aligned with for the past 10+ years. Remember Jim Ireton was one of the "Dirty Dozen" back in the day, or is he just another Louise Smith?