The Salem City Council met Feb. 28 and discussed adopting a new grant resolution as well as reviewing the sealed bids for the city's old police cars.
Salem Mayor Gary Clayton said the city needed to adopt a grant resolution as part of the application process. The resolution would allow the government to pay for 45 percent of a new police vehicle. The council reviewed the resolution and it was passed.
The council opened sealed bids on two 1999 Jeep Cherokees. There were several bids on each vehicle but Karrol Fowlkes and Bob Friedley had the highest bids. Fowlkes bid was $3,050 and Friedley bid $2,001.50.
In other business, the housing authority requested a review of their current water bill which was nearly the authorities budget for the year. The exact cause of the high bill is unknown. The council reviewed the bill and decided to reduce it by half, but said they were not able to go further because of the cost to the city. The bill was reduced to $733.60.
The council discussed the city pool's policy on employees. The council voted to implement random drug testing for pool employees. The recommendation came from Angela Rains who the council rehired to manage the pool. Rains said the testing will reenforce safety for all pool patrons. The council also discussed the possibility of season passes for the pool in combination with the pay per day policy.
A group of concerned citizens addressed the council regarding the city's policy on selling fresh produce on the square. The agreement was that under the condition the city did not receive complaints or have any problems, vendors can sell their products as usual.
The next meeting of the Salem City Council will be held March 27.