City Council is also proposing a so-called "lockout ordinance." This proposal would give the city's police chief the authority to respond to repeated crime reports by shutting them down for up to a year. The chamber supports the great job Chief Barbara Duncan has done thus far for the City of Salisbury. However, to empower one individual with the right to close businesses affecting the city tax base, employment, and livelihoods is very disturbing to say the least. As few as two separate reports within a two year period could trigger a hearing to determine whether the property should be closed down by Chief Duncan. The Chamber respectively requests that the City Council "step back and reassess this proposal" in greater detail before enacting. Our position is that this proposed ordinance would present an anti-business smear on the city that would take even more years to erase.
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I find it very alarming that this message went out to all Chamber Members based on a massive inaccuracy.
It should be made very clear to ALL Chamber Members, the business community and residents that the "City Council" had NOTHING to do with this Ordinance.
The Ordinance was created by none other than Mayor Jim Ireton. Mayor Ireton presented it as something Chief Duncan authored but I have spoken directly with the Chief and she has assured me she had NOTHING to do with it.
To imply that this has anything to do with the City Council is just flat out WRONG. ALL proposals delivered by the MAYOR are to be CONSIDERED by the Council.
I have made it VERY clear, once elected, should this Ordinance come across my desk as it is written I will VETO it immediately as it is extremely business unfriendly and I'll not tolerate any such language. We have laws on the books right now that can combat any such mentioned problems. To expand upon what is already there, (to me) is something I will not tolerate.
The City Council is NOT "proposing" anything. Mayor Ireton has proven he is out of CONTROL. Nevertheless, the Chamber needs to correct the language above and put the emphasis on Mayor Jim Ireton instead.You can see Mayor Ireton discuss this issue at around 48 minutes into this video.