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Sunday, October 15, 2017

A Viewer Writes: Riverwalk Pictures







Joe,

I was sitting at the drive up at Suntrust bank today remembering this Spring’s “Investment” in the Salisbury Downtown Riverwalk, when they dressed up the banks, made rip-rap shorelines, then built the berm, brought in rounded river rock borders , mulched and planted decorative plants to “enhance” the banks of our river downtown. Then I looked up and saw the results the summer maintenance brought us.

Why was any money spent at all?

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's been so long that some of the weeds are saplings.

Anonymous said...

Sad, we all have been asking WHY? for a long long time!

Anonymous said...

But there are no chain link fences!!

Steve Betz said...

Same at the park. If they can't cut it on a riding mower it keeps on growing. Jake must think it's all covered by the homeowners association, like at Terrie Court.

Anonymous said...

It was a taxpayer funded selfie opportunity for Jake.

Anonymous said...

hey now, that undergrowth is necessary. It provides shelter and food for all sorts of critters.

Besides, when Jakey finally gets around to telling someone to purty it up, there will be another selfie opportunity.

Anonymous said...

It's crazy how the city spends our money.lets start impeachment of boy wonder

Anonymous said...

After a while it can be called a meadow.

Anonymous said...

Let some goats in there. They'll have it cleaned up in no time. It would be a great PR thing for the city and not another job for the public works people, who are already overwhelmed by the amount of work they have on city-owned properties.

Anonymous said...

Spending Salisbury money on "Beautification" projects for the selfie shot, then let it all go to hell just like the rest of the city. Crime, blight and overgrowth are worse now than ever.

Recall Day and the whole City Council at once and just start over. Let the County absorb the City and tear up the city Charter!

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr. Mayor! What say ye?

Anonymous said...

Was the budget cut for this to fund that ridiculous folk festival for the criminals and thugs of Salisbury? The place looks like a swamp. How appropriate given who the mayor is. Swamp creature that he is.

Anonymous said...

According to Public Works Director Michael Moulds, the purpose of this project is to protect and restore the quality of Salisbury’s local water resources, the Wicomico River and the Chesapeake Bay. The bioretention system will improve the water quality and remove nutrients prior to entering the River. The area drainage to the bioretention system is 100 percent impervious.

What your seeing is the final product. Those weeds can never be cut.

Anonymous said...

Good news though, 4 days until TGIF!

Anonymous said...

What is this about over worked public works on city owned properties? I leave in the Presidents Neighborhood Assoc the abandoned, foreclosed houses around here not cared for except one owner Cory Polidore who still maintains that house, the rest are only cut by the city twice a year from April till now October they have been cut twice. The weeds are not saplings they are up to 2nd story windows and the trunks are 6-8" better take a camera next time! Rt 13 from the college to Fruitland have only been cut 2-3 times and all that planting they did was a waste because it has not been cared for would have been better left as concrete or just bricks. Who ever thought up the landscaping needs to have his head examined.

Anonymous said...

1:38, more BS! Bioretention my butt! When that was planted and mulched with flowering plants to beautify the shoreline. Michael Moulds is making vocalizations out of his posterior end and you are eating it up with soup ladles!

Anonymous said...

Delaware Review, December 15, 2014

Storm water runoff that has been rolling from a parking lot into the Wicomico River, carrying debris, will soon be filtered by a living shoreline.

A 300-foot-long bioretention system is being created on the shore at Market Street downtown.

“It’s going to be very attractive with a lot of nice plantings there. We’re very excited about it,” said Amanda Pollack, deputy director of public works for the city.

The city received a $255,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources, and has hired Clean Venture in Quantico to complete the work.

Mayor Jim Ireton has made the cleanup of the Wicomico River among his top priorities.

“It had a wide drive aisle, so we’re making it a more normal width. Where there were parking spaces on the river, we’re taking those out for where the bioretention area will be,” Pollack explained.

Two or three parking spaces in Lot No. 12, near Market Street Inn, will be lost during the work, but will be replaced.

Pollack said the 20-foot-wide rain garden will filter pollutants before they tumble into the river. Button bush shrubs and native grasses will be planted every two square feet, and will grow together.

That’s the goal of the project, to keep the river clean, but it has no bearing on drinking water, Pollack said.

“While we’re in that area working, the river will be cleaned up. We’re trying to clean that daily of debris. Right now, any trash that falls in that parking lots is getting washed into the river, so this will contain that,” she said.

Planting is scheduled to begin in January, but could be later, depending on weather conditions.

Also pleased with the project is Jake Day, president of the Salisbury City Council.

“It will be a rain garden filled with native plants. There will be educational signage and types of plants that will grow well in that area. The River Walk will become a boardwalk along Market Street. “This was one of my first actions after I was elected,” Day said.

“The first week I was on the council we accepted this DNR project.”

The final product was to return this stretch of shore line to its natural habitat. The grasses, weeds, shrubs, undergrowth can never be cut. Sorry

Anonymous said...

Since it's original inception I never understood why anyone would want to walk along this filthy stagnant canal. It's depressing ! That water is so thick with silt you could not even jump in and drown yourself. Tear down that sappy old bridge in the park too it goes from one dirty side of the river to the other and gets you no where.

Anonymous said...


Bottom line: The city is run by a donkey (but you know what I wanted to write) and not a goat. Goats would work.

Anonymous said...

If the City calls that beauty, then weeds and unkempt foreclosures can never be "touched" and neither can any homeowner/ rental properties. I will take this great example of City Beautification and apply the "Bio- Retention Runoff name to my weedlot and what can Jake Day say????

Anonymous said...

I was told by City Employees today that nothing will be done in the City until after Jake has his Folk Festival next year......that is his priority!!!

Zorro said...

Recall Jake

Anonymous said...

Jake Day has been busy this past weekend in the Inner Harbor sucking up on some free vacation time at the tax payers expense. Pretending to be at a conference about police profiling. What does that tell you about what he thinks about are police officers.

Anonymous said...

Where's boy wonder tom "met a ass I won't kiss" Stevenson?? He's the so called director of operations. This is absolutely asinine paying moulds to be director and Stevenson to be director of operations yet your city looks like this