Laci Shull appointed Salem clerk
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
SALEM — City council members welcomed a new city clerk and saw a motion for intersection reconstruction at Liberty and Main streets die for a lack of a second during their regular meeting Wednesday night.
The council generally meets on the first Tuesday night of the month but delayed the meeting a day due to Tuesday’s primary election.
Laci Shull was given the oath of office as the new clerk. Shull is the fifth city clerk in the past four years and replaces Susan Towne who resigned last month following three months of service. Shull will work Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A motion to approve a contract with Wesley Martin Construction for street improvement at the Liberty/Main intersection did not receive a second. Councilman Bill Wixom Jr., who made the motion, said the city has the money to do the work.
“We have the money, but it (project) was held up during the winter,” Wixom said. “I think this is a decent time to do it.”
Martin submitted a bid of $10,000 in the county-Salem cost-share project. Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss proposed at a council meeting earlier this spring that the city pick up 60 percent of the project cost.
Despite the lack of action Wednesday night, it is likely the council will revisit the project at a later date.
Third readings were conducted and ordinances passed regarding fire department and start time of council meetings. The new ordinance allows the fire department membership to increase to 20 members (excluding the chief) from the current 16-member limit. Council meetings, beginning with the July meeting, will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Salem resident John Shaffner briefed the council on his plans to build storage units near the Salem Elementary School. The land on which Shaffner wants to build the units is currently zoned residential, and Shaffner inquired what it would take to allow the units to be built.
“I have to see what is allowed in a residential-zoned area,” City Attorney Patrick Brau said. “I don’t have the ordinance in front of me so I don’t know. Send a letter to the mayor on what you are proposing and the council will respond.”
Shaffner didn’t have a problem with that as he does not plan to build the units until fall. “I am not doing it until fall, it is too hot now.”
Council members also acknowledged the receipt of a $500 donation from John and Carolyn Garretson of Idaho. The Garretsons donated the funds so the city could purchase a leaf blower.
Final action saw council approval for street closings during the Salem Old Settlers Celebration Aug. 29-31.
The council will meet again Tuesday, July 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the Salem Community Building.