Mayor says city within budget

Thursday, May 4, 2006

City of Salem expenditures are within budget according the Mayor Gary Clayton, who went over it at the April 28 meeting of the Salem City Council at City Hall.

Clayton said the city collected $25,000 in sales tax for the first quarter of the year, January through March.

He said expenses for the street department are at projections and the same with the county roads.

The council voted unanimously to accept a bid from King Asphalt to pave Wood Street from Walnut Street to 3rd Street; Lake Circle to the end of the pavement; Oak Street from Church Street to North Street; and Walnut Street from Church Street to North Street.

King Asphalt will charge the city $52.50 per ton of asphalt to pave the roads. The other bidders were Sisk Construction, which bid $49.75 per ton, and Atlas Asphalt which bid $62.87 per ton plus $2 for each gallon of tack.

Public Works Department Supervisor Bill Worsham advised the council to accept the bid from King Asphalt because they have handled paving in the city before and have always met expectations. "You know what kind of job they do, " Worsham said.

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