Aldermen voted 3-0 during the board’s Sept. 8 meeting to apply for a Local Law Enforcement Block Grant that would pay for radios for Salem Police Department.
The almost $10,000 grant is for three radios, and the police department is working with the current radio provider to get proper wording on the grant, according to police chief Joe Chase.
Aldermen, during the approximately 20-minute meeting, also voted 3-0 to:
• allow subdivision of a lot at 1201 W. Coffman;
• purchase a split load of utility poles, Class 2, 30-foot length and 40-foot length.
• allow the mayor and city clerk to execute a license agreement with Intercounty Electric for joint use of electric wood poles for electric service attachment. This would allow AMI metering equipment to be attached on poles in areas where there aren’t electric meters but there are water meters.
• approve the consent agenda, which included the minutes of three meetings, the Aug. 17 regular meeting, an Aug. 17 closed session meeting and an Aug. 20 special meeting; municipal court reports; and reports from the public work’s director and the economic development director.
In a report from Gary Brown, planning and zoning board chairman, he said during that night’s 6 p.m. committee meeting the oath of office was given to two new committee members, Sherman Odom and Tabatha Utley; the committee re-elected Brown chairman, Keith Inman vice chairman and Wayne Bertz secretary; and recommended a subdivision of the property that was eventually approved by aldermen that night.
Alderman Kevin James, finance committee chairman, was absent and a report from that committee was postponed after a 3-0 vote by aldermen.
In his report, city administrator Ray Walden said the LED lighting project is underway, with some buildings already done. The old city hall auditorium was excluded from the current project but will be done separately.
He said several conference calls have been held with the engineering firm that is helping solve utility billing issues, making adjustments with some of the contract payments people made.