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Darts and Laurels: Sheffield’s attack misses the mark

Dart to City Councilwoman Tamara Sheffield, who began her re-election campaign on Friday by attacking the press.

Sheffield, first elected in 2017, said the Salisbury Post might be guilty of “reckless journalism” for conducting an online poll question about how the public would grade Salisbury City Council members’ performance to date.

More specifically, the poll might be reckless because council members were considering a divisive topic — the possible relocation of “Fame” — Sheffield said.

The poll showed 168 people or 52.83 percent of respondents giving the City Council an “F” rating. And nearly 90% of the 318 respondents gave Salisbury City Council members a rating of “C” or worse.

That the council is considering a divisive topic is immaterial to whether the question is “reckless,” as Sheffield suggested. Whether the council is discussing “Fame” or not, voters will still cast ballots in the City Council race this year. And asking the public questions about performance of incumbents is part of a local newspaper’s job. We plan to continue asking questions as November’s elections draw closer.

Laurel to the city of Salisbury’s Rental Property Remedial Action Program, a two-year-old program that’s seen as a way to keep rental property owners informed about criminal or disorderly activity on their properties.

Because property owners may live out of Salisbury or out of state, the program is a good way to keep owners up-to-date on what’s happening at their property. Without the program, it’s possible property owners may be unaware of disturbances caused by their tenants. And while city ordinances provide for fines if properties continue to be a nuisance, we think most property owners prefer that their tenants are good neighbors in addition to paying their rent on time.

As part of the program, landlords can voluntarily sign up to get emails when there’s activity at their property, even if police are just patrolling. For more information visit salisburync.gov/government/police/residential-action-program.

Laurel to the news that work on Chewy.com’s 700,000-square-foot fulfillment center on Long Ferry Road is progressing rapidly.

Grading of the massive site is already well underway. Necessary permits have been issued, including one for Chandler Concrete to erect a temporary concrete batch plant to serve the site.

The current target is for completion in the first quarter of 2020.

We’re eager to see the fulfillment center up and running because of the many jobs that the online pet product retailer will bring to our community. We’re hopeful, too, that the plant will spur additional development along the interstate in northern Rowan County.

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