Architects back to drawing board
Mayor Gary Clayton announced Sept. 26 at the Salem City Council meeting that bids came in higher than the council budgeted for the addition and a new roof to City Hall.
The city received six bids from licensed contractors for the construction ranging from $164,600 to a little over $210,000. The projected figure for the work was $125,000. "Unfortunately it didn't turn out very well," said the mayor.
Clayton explained the overage involved the roof, not the addition.
Clayton said to solve the problem the architect will make changes to the roof structure and materials. He said the architect will meet with the contractor to negotiate the costs. Clayton said once the negotiations are completed he will present the figures to the council.
Water leaks have been a problem at City Hall so the mayor would like to get negotiations started immediately.
In other business, Clayton said if the sales tax is repealed on grocery items it is going to be a hardship to the city. "We will have to knuckle down and go bare bones," he said.
Clayton said spending will need to be careful until the economy picks up. He said, "My suspicion is it is going to be awhile coming out of it."
Salem Police Chief Albert Roork said there have been some problems around the city with vandals throwing glass bottles resulting in broken glass at area businesses and vehicles.
Roork said his department made the following arrests and issued tickets: one theft of property, two failure to maintain control of a vehicle, one battery in the third-degree, one disorderly conduct, one drinking in public, two DWIs, one refusing to take a breathlyzer test, two no vehicle tags, one expired vehicle tag, three no liability insurance, one running a red light, one endangering the welfare of a minor, one aggravated assault, one felon in possession of a firearm, one no driver's license and two criminal mischief charges.
Salem Fire Chief Heath Everett said an arson investigation was being conducted for a fire at Fairview Road. He said the suspected arson included a grass fire, hay fire and barn fire. Everett said he believed the arson was the result of bored kids burning things.
"It's not like it was years ago around here," councilman Earl McCullough said.