|Salisbury's Riverwalk Current Condition|
By Thornton Crowe
Over the last week, the handrail situation on Riverwalk has become a source of hot debate here on Salisbury News. It all began when the handrails which used to line both sides of the river, running from the hotel down to Market Street Inn.
A week ago, a reader's comment was published where many debated the pros and cons of putting those rails back. Most commenters saw no need to do so, citing other places didn't have them. Then, last Friday, the City got it's first fatality when the police found a drowning victim floating near the hotel. Now that somebody's dead, it means major damage control for City Hall as now, the caution has turned into reality.
Where do you think the money will come from? Certainly not out of Day's paltry yearly salary; it will be coming out yours - Salisbury residents and businesses' to rectify the situation. Is this responsible governance? Creating big problems through sloth and then expecting taxpayers to foot the bill for said neglect or outright ignorance?
Remember, given the fact that Salisbury University has gobbled up a lot of the city properties to make room for Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach's great academic society - meaning less properties on the tax rolls; residential and business taxes has risen to off-set the deficits it created. Meaning property owners, the landlord class and businesses alike will have to foot yet another bill.
When will the bleed end?
One smart solution would be to tap local corporations, civic groups and churches to sponsor for the purchase, installation and continual maintenance of these handrails (which could've been done with the original railing had anyone bothered to think for a change). By getting companies like Perdue, First Baptist Church and Gillis Gilkerson to kick in with sponsorships, this would eliminate any need to raise taxes to cover the expense, plus give a nice little PR boost for sponsors. It's a win-win all the way around. Yet, this is seldom the way folks like Day solve problems costing the City money!
|After Day's "Renovation"|
So there you have it, folks. Another self-inflicted crisis brought to you by City Hall where you will be on the hook once again as you have for decades to pay for someone else's bad judgement calls. When will you get sick of paying for amateur hour and elect a Mayor and city government which knows how to conduct business and get results for you instead of line their pockets while using your backs to step on in order to get to the next level in their political ambitions?
Aren't you sick of footing the bill for foolishness and incompetence?