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New business coming to Salem

Oct 05, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt Pleasant News


SALEM — Salem will be welcoming a new business to the community soon.

Pierre Bensch, a native of South Africa, told the Salem City Council that he planned to build a new structure to house a meat locker. Bensch said the business will be located in a vacant lot between the Bicksler building and the senior citizen housing. “It is zoned commercial,” Bensch said, “and everything will be done according to regulations.”

Bensch said he wanted assurance from the city council that it would have no opposition to his plans before he purchased the property.

“I think it is great to have a new business in town,” remarked Mayor Dan Patterson.

Austin Stewart is the new owner of the former Salem rescue truck. The community recently purchased a new vehicle and sold the old one through sealed bids which were opened at the council meeting. Bidders in attendance were also given the opportunity to raise their bids.

Jamie Ludwig had the highest submitted bid at $1,501, Stewart submitted a bid of $550 and Steve Hoyer said he would pay $510 for the truck.

Ludwig, however, was not at the meeting, and Stewart raised his bid to $1,502. Hoyer declined to raise his bid, making Stewart’s bid the winner.

Jim Tomson, water superintendent, said the Rathbun Rural Water Association, has been supplying the community with water since Sept. 28. “We’ve had a few meter problems but other than that, everything is going fine,” he stated.

Tomson also informed the council that sewer repair work has been delayed because the company doing the work has had an employee leave. “It has been put off until the end of November,” Tomson reported. “I will stay on top of it.”

Patterson urged Tomson to be vigilant. “I want it done before the weather changes,” the mayor said.

Council member Mary Hoyer suggested the community apply for an Enhance Henry County Community Foundation Grant for improvements to the city park. “We applied for one two years ago but did not receive it,” Hoyer reflected. “I think we should apply again. We could use the grant to remove and replace some more trees in the park.” She said she would handle the grant application.

The council approved a $300 donation to the library’s Halloween activities. The annual parade will be in front of the library Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m., followed by a hot dog meal in the park. Trick-or-treat hours in the community will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Salem City Council members will meet the second Wednesday of the month in November due to the general election Tuesday, Nov. 7. The meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.

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