The city of Salem has moved a step closer to obtaining a loan for improvements to City Hall. Mayor Gary Clayton announced at the city council meeting Feb. 28 he has completed paperwork for an environmental assessment and sent it to the state clearing house, which is required before obtaining an Amendment 78 loan.
Clayton said any project involving federal funds has to go through these channels. The city is applying for the loan through the White River Planning and Development District. The city has to wait until the loan is approved before bids are prepared. "Matter of going through hoops," Clayton said. The funds, if approved, will go toward a new pitch roof on City Hall and the addition of a training room for firemen.
Salem Fire Chief Heath Everett said his crew has attended various schooling and the firemen are in the process of obtaining technician level, the highest level, for their Hazmat certification.
Salem Police Chief Albert Roork reported his department responded to four auto accidents, 26 unlocked vehicles, 43 complaints and three domestic disputes in the month of February.
Arrests and tickets in February included one DWI case, one endangering the welfare of a minor, one no liability insurance, one theft of property, one communications harassment, two improper passing, two disorderly conduct, one terroristic threatening and one third degree battery, Roork said.