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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 13, 2017

Help is on the way for Salem’s tree replacement program

Dec 07, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News

 

SALEM — Salem city council members learned during their Tuesday meeting that financial help is on the way for the community’s tree replacement program in the downtown park.

A couple of meetings ago, council member Mary Hoyer suggested appealing to the Enhance Henry County program for a grant to aid in the tree program. Recently, the city learned it will receive a $2,000 grant from the foundation to aid in the removal and replacement of dead and diseased trees in the park.

The city is also making a concerted effort to clean up nuisance property in the community. Recently, letters were sent to two properties, giving owners until Dec. 14 to remove debris, etc. If the residents do not comply, the city will clean up the properties and bill the owners. If the owners do not pay the city for the work, the charges will be assessed to property tax rolls.

Council members once again discussed a request from the fire department for new helmets and tabled the matter again after being told that due to misappropriation of funds by a former city official, the department’s budget was in the red to the tune of $20,000.

The department requested 20 helmets at a total cost of $7,200. Fire Chief Steve Nichting said the Salem Fire Association would pay half the cost.

Dick Myers, city public works director, said the revamping and repairing of the city sewer system had been completed. The total cost of the repairs is not known, but the city borrowed $30,00 to fund the work.

In other business, Hoyer asked the council if it would consider a budget workshop, comprised of the council’s budget committee and private citizens to work on the fiscal 2019 city budget. The matter was tabled.

Hoyer alerted the council that she is preparing an evaluation form for the city attorney.

In a final matter, council member Chuck Kramer thanked retiring council members Warren Barton and Jeremy Hunold for their contributions to city government and the community.

Salem’s City Council meets again Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the community building.

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