Salem will be receiving two grants that it applied for earlier in the year. One grant will pay for a new stoplight, the other is a law-enforcement grant that will go to purchase new equipment for the police department.
An Arkansas Department of Economic Development grant will pay for the light emitting diode (LED) light for the traffic signal at the intersection of Highways 9 and 62-412. The LED bulbs will replace inefficient incandescent bulbs. The incandescent bulbs must be replaced several times each year, according to Salem Mayor Gary Clayton. The LED bulbs will be brighter and cut down on visual problems due to the sun hitting the bulb, as well as use less electricity, he said.
Clayton said the state is in charge of letting the contract and arranging the installation of the lights. He said there is no time frame but he thinks it will be fairly soon.
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will handle the installation of the new lights.
The Edward Byrne Justice Assistance grant will pay $4,309 for new equipment. The city will also match it with a contribution of $479. The city submitted the grant application in March and it was approved on May 12. The city will receive the money July 1, Clayton said.
Clayton said the grant will be used to purchase general police equipment, which could be anything from flashlights to lightbars to handcuffs.
The grant is funded through the United States Department of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance.