On WBOC, Mayor Jake Day discusses his new chain-link fence policy but he seems to forget a couple of things which make this initiative nonsensical.
One would think the Mayor would get the clue that once again, he's overreaching his boundaries and getting his nose into situations that will no doubt fail to curry favor with many of his voters. Does he not get the issue that crime in Salisbury is "the" issue and that most people aren't really concerned with curb appeal when being shot at outside their front door?
Contrary to his statements to the Daily Times where he said it was to make Salisbury beautiful, Day is now claiming his chain-link fiasco as not about "aesthetics" but one for appraisal values - to bolster your home values. However, most of Salisbury consists of rental properties, thus, they are inhabited by people who have no vested interest in their surrounding neighborhood. Therefore, you could have $1M platinum fencing around your property but the fact remains, when most properties are rentals, appraisal values will not increase by any meaningful difference!
For those who possess real estate investment common sense, it is a given whenever you start to have large numbers of rental properties in any given neighborhood, property values decrease substantially. Drive around some of the once-beautiful, prominent neighborhoods of Salisbury, you'll find this to be the case. For example, many streets in the Camden District have fallen in disrepair and have condemned properties due to neglect by the owner (and city officials who should be issuing fines but don't) and cars parked in the front yard -- all hallmarks of renters not caring about their digs. Yet, Day thinks by banning chain link fence, these problems will be miraculously solved. Really?
Granted, as you can see from these pictures, chain link fence is not attractive in the least - and it would've been more ingenuous had Day said this was the reason for his regulation. At least, then it would give us something real to hang our hats on instead of this yammer about home values.
A more likely scenario in this newfound anti-chain link push would be that Day has had a falling out with one or both of the chain link suppliers in the area: Dickerson and/or Hancock. This is the way Democrats even scores; pass legislation in order to level revenge on their enemies rather than just having it out in a verbal war which only affects the two in conflict. Instead, they usually opt for punishing whole communities with nonsense regulations - like this one - in the hopes of driving a business out of business; thus, winning the ultimate argument. It's all very passive aggressive and an underhanded abuse of their power.
Jake is now attempting to put lipstick on chain link, bullets and the glorified 'Hood...
But fellow Salisburians, fear not... you (or your families) might get shot up in crossfire at some local restaurant but, don't worry, your home value will be $0.10 higher because of our illustrious mayor's new regulation to keep your neighbor from putting up chain link fencing. Because after all, isn't that what's really important to a community?
With leadership like this, how can you help but feel all warm and gooey inside?