Council moves to destroy house

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The Salem Common Council and Board of Public Works met Monday, Sept. 12, and handled the following business:’

APPROVED: A resolution was approved as part of the process for the city to destroy a house deemed unsafe at 100 Mill St. Mayor Troy Merry said the city receives frequent calls from concerned residents about abandoned houses. City officials plan to eliminate unsafe buildings. He said the Mill Street house should hopefully be demolished within about three months.

APPROVED: A group of Salem High School students requested a closure along North Harrison Street for the annual street fair. The request was approved. Three of the students were invited to the front of the meeting hall to sit with Merry and the council as the meeting continued.

APPROVED: Jeremy Elliott, the local coordinator for the state’s Bicentennial torch relay, outlined the schedule for the arrival of the torch in the county on Thursday, Sept. 15. As the torch moves to the courthouse downtown and then south, he asked if some parking spaces could be reserved and some temporary street closures be implemented. Merry asked Elliott to coordinate with Salem Police Chief Joey Wheeler.

APPROVED: Nick Weymouth asked permission for a street closure along Main Street for a Halloween parade from approximately 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. He said it’s the same charity parade that’s been held in the past. He expects more than 100 people, about 30 vehicles and horses. Merry said the parade used to turn onto Walnut and proceed to the former JayC property. All approved the parade and asked Weymouth to work out the details and coordination with Wheeler.

APROVED: The Historical Walking Tour at Crown Hill Cemetery, featuring actors dressed as the city’s historical figures, was approved. It is scheduled for Sept. 15-17.

APPROVED: The direction of the one-way alley that goes by the police department will change. The matter was first discussed in August with concerns raised about near collisions that have occurred as police officers access their parking lot.

APPROVED: A grass-covered alley along Westside Baptist Church was closed. The matter was first discussed in August.

APPROVED: An ordinance was passed that details the requirements for anyone who wishes to sell food from a food truck.

APPROVED: The low bid for wastewater management from Astbury was accepted. It was for $2,450 a month. It was the lowest of four bids the city received.

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