Residents breathed a sigh of relief June 27 after the Salem City Council voted against proceeding with the application to spread sludge over an area of land on Highway 9 in Salem.
Mayor Gary Clayton said he wanted the council to lay the issue to rest and decide whether the city needed to go forth with the application or drop it.
Councilman Earl McCul-lough said he didn't want the city to get into any litigation over the matter and council members agreed.
Citizens voiced their disapproval at the May council meeting over the request by a landowner who asked the city to spread the city's five-year-old stockpile of sludge over his land for fertilization.
In other action the council accepted a $15,000 bid from the Saddle Fire Department to purchase the old fire truck. The city has purchased a new fire truck.
Salem Police Chief Albert Roork said the Salem Police Department had responded to 10 auto accidents, three theft of property investigations, 23 unlocked vehicles, 43 complaints and one death investigation in June.