Salem Mayor Gary Clayton told the Salem City Council April 22 that renovations to the airport are nearly complete.
He said the Airport Commission installed a state-of-the-art lighting system and asphalt was added to the runways. The project cost $250,000. The commission received grants to cover the costs, and the only stipulation was 10 percent of the cost of each project had to be covered by the city. Clayton said the city's percentage was covered by in-kind donations.
The council voted to raise the individual rate at the Salem swimming pool. The rate will increase from $1 to $1.50. City pool manager Lacey Yarnell said even with the increase, the city pool's rate is less than other area pools. The pool will open the Saturday before Memorial Day. During the summer the pool will be open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Salem Police Chief Al Roork said two new emergency response vehicles ordered by the city will be finished in two weeks. He said the vehicles will greatly enhance the fire department's ability to handle emergency calls quickly and efficiently.
Language for a city ordinance prohibiting the use of compression brakes by vehicles in the city limits was approved by the council and put on a first reading. Mayor Clayton asked Bill Worsham to make an inquiry with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department as to who would be responsible for signs if the ordinance passes on its last reading.
The council voted unanimously to contribute $300 to the Green Thumb Project. The project hires part-time workers to clean up parks and other areas. Salem has one part-time green thumb worker who works at the city park. The project asks for donations. Clayton said the amount of work done by the project worker was worth the $300 contribution.