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Dollars for trees

Salem receives donations for removing, replacing diseased trees in the commnity
Sep 07, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


SALEM — Salem received some unanticipated aid in removing diseased trees from the community.

During Tuesday’s city council meeting, Fred Schaffner presented the city a check for $585, a memorial from his late mother (Pat Schaffner) to be used for tree replacement in the city.

The council also announced that the city had received an anonymous donation of $500 for tree removal.

Several diseased trees were removed this summer from several locations, including central park, in the community.

Most of the council’s agenda centered on old business. City Attorney Pat Brau said he spoke with the attorney for Dillon Haynes concerning the ongoing struggle between the city and Haynes over what the city calls junk vehicles on Haynes’ property.

The city and Haynes have been at odds for several years over the matter. Last fall, Haynes said he would build a carport on his property to store the vehicles, but the city council said that may not abate what it perceives as nuisance.

“I spoke with Dillon’s lawyer on what can be done to be in compliance concerning his demolition derby vehicles,” reported Brau. “His attorney said Dillon is working to get in compliance.”

Council members learned the city may be receiving water soon from the Rathbun Rural Water Association. The city entered into a contract earlier this summer to use Rathbun as its water supplier. Dick Myers, city employee, told the council that the agreement has been approved by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Myers said the 16-inch water main is “trenched in” to the community with the connector east of the lagoon. “It’s coming along well,” Myers said, adding that Rathbun Water could be flowing in the community in a couple of weeks.

Councilman Chuck Kramer said with the new water main coming into the community, it may be time to look at adding another fire hydrant for the community. He said the end of Oak Street would be a good location. Kramer said he would talk to Salem Fire Chief Steve Nichting about an additional fire hydrant.

Recently, Salem purchased a new rescue truck and will be accepting sealed bids on the vehicle which will be opened at the Tuesday, Oct. 3, council meeting. Bidders will have the opportunity to increase their bid at the meeting.

Mayor Dan Patterson informed the council that he has been “receiving calls like you wouldn’t believe” on the appearance of property on the 200 block of North Maple Street.

“We will have to send them a letter, that is all we can do,” Kramer said.

In final agenda items, the council:

• Approved the city street financial report.

• Approved a building permit for a new house for Steve and Mary Hoyer.

• Approved a building permit for a 26x34 square-foot garage for Betty Heartsill.

• Was told that the council terms of Gary Tedrow, Warren Barton and Jeremy Huhnold expire as does that of Mayor Patterson. Nomination papers may be picked up from the city clerk and must be filed with the clerk by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21.

Salem council members meet again in regular session Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Building.

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