City moves to demolish unsafe structure


The Salem Board of Public Works & Safety and the Common Council met Monday, Feb. 13, and handled the following business:

APPROVED: The city will publish the notice required as the initial step in demolishing the house at 100 Mill Street. The vacant building has been inspected by the city and has been deemed unsafe. If no one responds to the notice, the city will demolish the structure. Officials also plan to use the same process to demolish another unsafe structure at 102 Mill Street.

APPROVED: The Board of Works approved a request to allow the Tri Kappa sorority’s Beer on the Bricks to be held in September. It was noted there have never been any problems associated with the event and it is a good fundraiser. Beer on the Bricks will be held on the Saturday of Old Settlers’ Day weekend.

APPROVED: The council approved the name “Industrial Drive” for a street located in Commerce Park off Joseph Street.

APPROVED: The council approved closing an alley between High Street and College Avenue. Mayor Troy Merry said the alley isn’t used by the city.

APPROVED: The council approved required public notice advertising for a voluntary annexation involving about 12 acres of land. The property owners are Pilot Investment Group, Nassim Properties LLC and MNM Realty.

TABLED: Bids were opened from four companies for a repaving project. The council voted to table the bids to allow Ryan Bower, the city’s attorney, time to review the bids. The bids ranged from about $166,536 to $200,119.


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