Ron Salem

Joyce Morgan speaking outside of city hall at a podium with a line of other local leaders behind her.
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Jacksonville City Council members and local leaders joined together at the steps of City Hall Friday to condemn recent shootings that have taken place in the Arlington area.

JEA workers digging into the ground outside a home, replacing pipes
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Amidst a city phase-out, Jacksonville residents still have approximately 65,000 septic tanks and 35,000 private wells on their properties.

While around 42,000 of the septic tank systems are working well, Hai Vu, the interim GM of JEA’s water and wastewater systems, told a City Council committee Monday that the other third of the septic tanks need to be replaced to prevent leakage and groundwater contamination. 

JEA has pinpointed 35 areas of the city where septic systems should be replaced, according to Vu. 

“These are the top priority areas,” Vu said. 

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Councilman Ron Salem wants to create a lengthier process to rename public parks and buildings, after the council two weeks ago struggled with changing the names of two parks. 

Pillar where the Hemming Park monument used to stand, including a fountain and path. Buildings and trees in the background.
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Less than a week after the Jacksonville City Council voted to rename Hemming Park to James Weldon Johnson Park, Councilman Rory Diamond is filing a bill to institute a two-year moratorium on the future renaming of public parks, buildings, recreational facilities and public streets. 

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
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Meeting for the third time since it’s June inception, Jacksonville’s Special Committee on Social Justice and Community Investment spoke at length about potential action items to create racial equity and more economic development in Jacksonville’s underserved communities. 

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A day after President Donald Trump announced it was canceled, the Jacksonville City Council is demanding details on how much staff time and city funding was diverted to the Republican National Convention.

Skyline view of the St. Johns River and Downtown Jax.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Initially, Jacksonville city officials thought they received $159 million in Federal CARES Act funding. 

Outside of JEA building. Part of the sky is shielded by the building.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council is filing legislation to help JEA customers who are at risk of utility disconnections.

Councilman Ron Salem sitting, looking out past a bench he is sitting at, there is a small mic in front of him. Painting in the background, and someone sitting to his right.
Via Ron Salem City Council Facebook Page

Jacksonville City Councilman Ron Salem on Monday outlined his proposed legislation that would put more power in the council’s hands when it comes to short-term incentive plans for the utilities’ employees, if voters approve a change to the city charter. 

Northeast Florida Regional Council CEO Beth Payne speaking to the board of directors Thursday.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

During Thursday’s meeting, Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) CEO Beth Payne told her board of directors she thinks the Jacksonville City Council will vote to continue funding the organization.

Councilman Ron Salem speaking to firefighters and JSO officers ahead of his election.
Ron Salem's City Council Facebook page

Jacksonville At-Large Group 2 City Councilman Ron Salem says legislation restoring funding to the Northeast Florida Regional Council he plans to file this week would give the organization a chance to make its case and force councilmembers to debate the pros and cons of membership.

Volunteers pose for a picture Wednesday morning before loading the truck with supplies for Hurricane Michael victims in Fountain.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

A Mandarin woman was on her way to the Florida Panhandle Wednesday morning, driving a 26-foot box truck filled with food and supplies she collected for Hurricane Michael victims who are still dealing with the aftermath of the historic storm.