Jody Shackelford of Shackelford Media, Inc. made a presentation to the Salem City Council regarding the development of a city Web site. Currently, the city relies on the Salem Chamber of Commerce Web site to get out information.
Shackelford presented an overview of his services, including domain registration, set up and initial investment, revisions, additions, coding, custom graphic design and search engine optimization for a package price of $2,499. The new Web site will be available at www.enjoysalem.com and will feature city news, council minutes, photos of the city and more. Shackelford also offered ongoing Web site maintenance for the site at $30 a month which includes updates and additions such as new photos, news stories, events, links and graphics.
The council expressed great interest in the Web site, and agreed that one was needed for the city. In a unanimous vote, the council moved to give Shackelford the go-ahead to set up the site.
Fire Chief Heath Everett gave the report for his department. They made eight runs in September: two grass fires, two EMS calls, three motor vehicle accidents and one false alarm.
"We presented an extrication clinic at the high school, to try to convince the kids not to drink and drive," said Everett. "Carpenter's Metal recycling donated a vehicle for us to use and showed the students what we have to do in order to get someone out of a bad wreck."
Everett also reported on the new fire station doors that have been installed. "All the trucks have remotes in them, which will be really nice in the winter and we're glad to have them in."
In the Public Works department, Bill Worsham reported that the Water Department repaired three water leaks, repaired two six-inch valves, removed one two-inch valve and moved a meter on Highway 9 north. The Sewer Department cleaned 3,500 feet of line. The Parks Department trimmed and chipped the far side of the lake and the dam area at the city park and cold-mixed the walking trail. The Street Department bush hogged and weed eated around the city, cold mixed pot holes and graded Runway Lane out by the airport.
The city moved to pass a resolution to accept the USDA grant funds for the new blood-alcohol testing equipment for the Police Department.
Mayor Gary Clayton reported that the city still has not received any further information on the CDBG Sewer Rehabilitation grant that has been applied for.
Worsham reported that the city brought in approximately $2,400 from the sale of the surplus city property, which was double the amount of the bids received originally.
Worsham also presented an estimate from Terry's Asphalt Company on what the cost will be to fill the cracks on the walking trail in the park. "We got cold mixing done out there, but we still have some pretty big cracks," said Worsham. "That trail is just going to get worse if we don't do something now," said Clayton. The estimate of $3,500 plus tax was accepted by the council.
The council rescheduled their meetings for November and December, to work around the upcoming holidays. The November meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18 and the December meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 16.
The council also set the date for the City Christmas Party as Friday, Dec. 3, at the Salem Senior Center.
With that, the council adjourned for the evening.