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Salem City Council Approves Use of Park and Pool Facilities for Triathlon

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Salem City Council has approved the use of the Salem Aquatic Center and a picnic shelter at Bryan Memorial Park on Sunday morning, June 23rd, for a triathlon.  The Salem Swordfish Swim team is sponsoring the event that is expected to attract a large number of out of town entries.  

The council agreed to make group day care homes a special use permit in the same zoning districts that day care homes are allowed.

An amendment was made in a loan payback agreement with the Marion, Jefferson, Washington County Development Corporation.  It removes a paragraph that stated the city would only repay the money if it was available from Tax Increment Financing District Funds.  The City is paying back the loan for the Salem Business and Industrial Commission which purchased the 28 acres of land near the West Main and Selmaville Road intersection for an economic development project that fell through.  

Councilman Dave Black questioned why the city just didn't pay off the loan.  Finance Director Ben Stratemeyer said while the money was there and additional money was still flowing into the TIF district, he was concerned about the council possibly needing some of the funding for other economic development purposes.  

Mayor John Raymer asked the Public Works department to investigate adding additional electrical recepticals in the parking lot near the Aquatics Center.  He notes more people are bringing more cookout equipment and not enough outlets are available. 

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