Salem approves purchase of air-conditioning unit for City Hall
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
SALEM — It took the Salem City Council just 30 minutes Tuesday night to breeze through its regular meeting agenda.
Part of the reason for the swift session may be that one-third of the agenda items was tabled.
In items receiving action, the council approved the purchase of a new air conditioner for the community building/city hall. Salem received four bids on the project with C & M Plumbing and Heating of Mt. Pleasant the successful bidder at $1,874.00.
The remaining bids ranged upward to $3,489. The new air conditioner is needed because the old unit, purchased in 1985, is not compatible with the diesel generator the city purchased last year.
One of the items tabled was the purchase of a new city mower. The council has been discussing the matter for nearly a half year and decided to wait until next spring, unless the current mower (purchased in 2005) breaks down before then.
“I thought we were holding off,” said Councilman Gary Tedrow. “If we buy one now, we will have to make a payment in December. I thought we could get through the year and buy one in the spring. I asked the dealer and he said if we needed one, we could get one rather quickly.”
Councilman Chuck Kramer agreed. “I figured we should just keep the old one and buy a new one later.”
Council members agreed to change locks on the door to the city clerk’s office since the city has a new city clerk. “It is just good business sense to do that,” noted Councilman Bruce Eltrich. Tedrow agreed, “It doesn’t cost much and is worth it.”
Angela Parker of Salem was hired as the new cleaning person. “She was the most qualified (of the applicants) and most energetic,” remarked Eltrich who was a member of the interviewing committee.
Action on increasing utility rates and the purchase of a new metal door and frame for the community building was tabled. Kramer said the last time the city raised water and sewer rates was in 1996 and garbage rates were increased in 2005. The council decided to wait until they learn what their costs will be for next year.
The metal door and frame purchase was postponed because the council is going to seek more information.
In final business, the council:
• Approved a gambling permit for the Salem Old Settlers Committee.
• Will purchase a cigarette “snuff tower” to be placed in front of the community center.
• Okayed a cigarette permit for Kramer’s Gas and Grocery.
Council members meet again in regular session Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.