Known for their opposing views, incumbent Mayor Jim Ireton and opponent Joe Albero have a common goal, to help transform Salisbury into a business-friendly city.
Albero says it's time for a change and "a lot of people see a lot of empty spaces around Salisbury, a lot of homes for sale around Salisbury."
He says he will treat Salisbury like a company, trying to sell other big businesses on the positives of the city, including the local airport. "Everyone agrees that for the last 16 years there have been very few images of either Mayor Barrie Tilghman or Mayor Ireton cutting a ribbon for a new business opening up in Salisbury."
*But Ireton says "the people that have left the downtown are people that didn't have a business plan that would work there. My opponent seems to want to blame Salisbury for that being a problem."
The mayor explains his plan of revitalizing downtown Salisbury, which would give incentives to businesses. **"I want to draw a ring around the downtown and say 'this is an [equivalent dwelling unites] free zone,'' said Ireton. "It will make it less expensive for developers to build here and less expensive for development to happen.
"I'm going to be happy when I see cranes downtown building stuff."
The candidates will meet for a Public Forum on March 26th. It starts at 7:00 PM in the Wicomico Room at the Guerrieri Center of Salisbury University.
* I'll bet Mayor Ireton wouldn't be man enough to say that to Anne Taylor, (Parker Place) to her face or the numerous other businesses who were told false information by Ireton and Tilghman. Another prime example would be the Evolution Brewing Company, (aka EVO) who bought the old Union Station and were then hit up with a $170,000.00 impact fee.
**As for Jim's EDU plan, HELLO, we already have EDU's for ALL of the buildings Downtown. Does the Mayor take the residents of Salisbury to be stupid enough to buy into that fairy tale that ANY new EDU would be for new businesses? NO! Jim is talking about his 500 Affordable Housing Units in Downtown, NOT businesses.
Does this guy have ANY clue what he's doing or talking about. This Mayoral Candidate thinks not.