Semi drivers traveling through Salem will no longer have the option of using their engine compression brakes -- unless they're ready to pay a fine.
By a unanimous vote the Salem City Council passed an ordinance June 24 banning the use of engine compression brakes in the Salem city limits.
Recorder/treasurer Pam Bryant asked the council to pass an ordinance banning the use of compression brakes in February after local citizens complained about the noise made when semi drivers use them.
Mayor Gary Clayton said semis inside the city limits should be traveling slow enough that using compression brakes is unnecessary.
The ordinance will take effect in 30 days.
Also at the council meeting, Public Works Director Bill Worsham asked the council for money to repair High School Drive. He said the road has several large cracks that need to be chipped and sealed before it's re-surfaced next year.
Clayton said he doesn't want to spend money on projects not in the city's budget, but the road is in poor condition and a chip and seal application might be the only solution.
The mayor said the chip and seal would cost $10,000 or more. He said finding someone do a small job like this would be a problem.
Clayton told Worsham to make inquiries with asphalt companies in the area to see if there is interest in doing the job.
The council will decide if the street will receive the repairs at the July council meeting.