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Neighbors Have Plans and Ideas for New SBY District 5 Councilperson

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Salisbury District 5 Map. (Photo: City of Salisbury) Salisbury District 5 Map. (Photo: City of Salisbury)

SALISBURY, Md.- Come Monday evening, District 5 in the city of Salisbury will be without a councilperson.  The vacancy means a new name and face will soon fill the seat and current residents in district five have some plans and ideas they would like to see their new representative work on.

Laura Mitchell's final day on the city council is Monday.  She is resigning from her position as her family gets ready to relocate in Maryland.  The vacancy has been posted on the city's website and anyone from District 5 interested in serving as a councilperson has a few days to apply for the position.

Bob Hocutt lives in the Schumaker Pond neighborhood in district five and believes anyone who takes the position has a tough legacy to follow.

"You've got tough shoes to fill.  Laura Mitchell has been our representative for several years and she's very good, very approachable," Hocutt said.

The new councilperson, whoever it ends up being, will finish the remaining three years on Mitchell's term.  Neighbors in the 5th District, particularly the Schumaker Pond neighborhood, hope the new councilperson continues to provide the necessary maintenance to the pond.

"The pond continues to need attention and we hope that the new councilperson would examine whatever the pond's need may be," Hocutt said.

Other neighbors expressed the desire to see bike lanes added to district streets.  Others hope the new councilperson can work with the other council members to try and address the double taxation issue in the city.  One neighbor did not have any specific ideas for the next councilperson, but just hopes he or she follows the lead of current city leadership.

"I think you've got a good person as the mayor, the new mayor.  He's very energetic and he's got good ideas and he's putting some of them to work.  So, I think if they work together we'll do fine as opposed to some of the past regimes we've had," said Sam Marks, a 5th District neighbor.

Anyone interested in filling the vacancy must submit a letter of interest and resume to the city by noon on Sept. 28.  The city council will appoint the 5th council person from the pool of candidates and hope to have the position filled by the end of October.

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