Even though this was one of the TOP platform items Jim Ireton ran on to get elected as Mayor of Salisbury, all of a sudden the Mayor has pulled the blight property of the week. Now let me see here. Didn't Jim just hold a meeting with Tilghman, Dunn, Cathcart and other SAPOA members?
All of a sudden the Mayor has flip flopped. All of a sudden the DT's is attacking City Council Members again, like it used to be before Ireton was elected. All of a sudden Ireton removes the blight property and we're right back to where we used to be before Ireton was elected. In fact, here's some of the verbiage Ireton spoke of soon after he was elected...
To the members of SAPOA: this city desires your help, but it will not wait for it. It is a shared responsibility we have to keep the citizens of this city, both renter and homeowner, safe. We, as a city government, do our best to provide police protection, fire protection, emergency medical assistance, parks, playgrounds, clean streets and working street lights.
But property owners must do their part to keep houses in our neighborhoods safe and in good standing with the city’s requirements. Clean streets aren’t enough – properties must be maintained by their owners. Houses with dozens of calls for service for our police department and code enforcement office, houses with too many people in too small a space, houses illegally being used with too many units help create as unsafe a neighborhood as any broken street light.
The city’s government and the mayor’s office have been criticized by many in the rental community in the past year. Yet, I say to the renters and homeowners that elected me that my stance has not changed. I will say again: Police your own, and the city of Salisbury won’t have to. If rental owners, homeowners, and renters follow the law, they won’t be subject to its consequences. But there will be no negotiations with those who fail to follow the law.
The vast majority of rental owners in this city provide safe, affordable housing to many of our city’s residents. But we will continue to strive for every house, apartment, townhome and living space in this city to be in good standing with this updated code. And if they’re not, this city will not shy away from its responsibilities and the city will take action. The legislation announced today will make the city’s housing code clearer and its consequences appropriate for the conditions our neighborhoods face today.
More on this topic HERE.
Signing that petition gets more interesting by the second. Be careful what you ask for Folks.