Mayor Gary Clayton brought an ordinance to the Salem City Council at their Feb. 23 meeting that would require Salem residences to display house numbers. He said the council would be given time to think about the ordinance until the next meeting.
Clayton said the buildings without numbers create problems for law enforcement and emergency personnel. The ordinance would be similar to the one passed in Ash Flat last fall, he said.
"In the 9-1-1 era everything has a number to it," the mayor said.
A map of the assigned numbers is available for residents to view at City Hall.
Clayton said the city might buy the the numbers in bulk then sell them to residents.
The council tabled action until the next meeting.
In other business:
* The council voted to annex part of Bishop properties on Highway 395. The properties belong to Sandra Clayton and Chris and Amber Qualls and are in the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of the city. The city is annexing them after a request from the owners.
The ordinance passed unanimously.
* The city is awaiting the signature of the state highway director, which will be the final step in receiving the grant for the LED bulbs.
Clayton said the bulbs will last from seven to nine years. He said they will save the city money by being 87 percent less expensive than incandescent lights. He said the city will also save by not having to call a truck from the electric co-op every time a bulb needs to be changed.
Clayton said there are three main advantages to the LED lights.
First, it eliminates catastrophic failure. Unlike the incandescent bulbs which take out a whole stoplight when one blows, the LED lights will continue to function.
Second, the LED lights provide increased visibility. They are brighter than incandescent lights and eliminate the illusion caused when the sun shines directly on the light making it difficult to tell which light is lit.
Third, it will result in decreased maintenance costs for the city.
The work will be done by a contract crew chosen by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and the city will not have to touch it during the installation phase, Clayton said.