Salem Mayor Gary Clayton announced at the council meeting Nov. 21 he had received all budget requests from each department head. After reviewing all documentation he is in the process of fine-tuning the 2003 budget, said Clayton.
The council accepted a bid from Hughes, Welch and Milligan to prepare the 2002 audit, but the expense may not exceed $7,100.
In other action, Salem Police Chief Albert Roork said patrolman Dennie Bost needs surgery on his shoulder from an injury he received during an altercation at the jail earlier this year.
Bost had transported a prisoner for the county and had deposited the inmate to the sheriff's office. The prisoner attacked Bost in the lobby, injuring to the patrolman's shoulder.
Roork said doctors have told Bost that he will probably need a shoulder replacement. If Bost agrees to the surgery he will need about three months for rehabilitation, Roork continued.
The department will need additional help during Bosts' absence so Roork suggested that Auxiliary Officer James Cantrell fill the vacant position that will become available.
Salem Fire Chief Heath Everett said the fire department was notified Nov. 13 of a blaze at Gwen Godwin's home on Church Street. Firemen arrived at the scene within four minutes but the home was fully engulfed, Everett said.
Everett said he was not aware that basic 9-1-1 had been implemented. He said if he was not aware of that fact then probably much of the public was not aware, either.
Roork explained that basic 9-1-1 service was implemented Sept. 10 under the Homeland Security Act.
Roork said with disasters of this nature it makes it hard on emergency personnel when the address is not displayed so rescue workers can arrive at the scene quickly.
Roork said had the enhanced 9-1-1 system passed during the general election, emergency personnel would have additional information readily available.
Roork added that David Keck, 9-1-1 coordinator, has been "very, very valuable to us." He said Keck had made information available to rescue workers for locating residences by keeping all data current.
Public Works Director Bill Worsham said the lighting project has been completed along the court square.
Clayton said the addition to City Hall is in the works. He said trusses have been ordered and the builder is anticipating the work to be complete in about three months.
The mayor reminded council members the next meeting will be held a week early; it is scheduled for Dec. 19.