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Salem City Council to Discuss Infrastructure Improvement Projects

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Salem City Council Tuesday night will be asked to move forward on four infrastructure improvement projects.  

City Manger Bill Gruen is seeking council permission to waive bidding on the purchase of  pump components needed to repair the sewer pump station near Kell Street and South Broadway.  The council is then being asked to purchase the needed supplies from Hydro Kinetics at a cost of $35,653.  They are the only supplier of the parts needed in the region.  

The council will be asked to approve an engineering proposal from Curry and Associates of Nashville on the other three projects.  They include replacement of a ten inch water line on South College Street along with a six inch line that will provide a loop for homes on Franklin Street.  The $230,000 cost would be paid out of revenue from the half-cent sales tax set aside for infrastructure improvements.  The second project is the recoating of the interior of the 500,000 gallon water tower on West Main Street next to North American Lighting.  The anticipated cost is $90,000.  The third project is $40,000 in repairs to both of the water treatment plant's clearwells that hold treated water prior to distribution through the water system.  The water tower and water plant improvements would both be paid for through the city's recent $390,000 atrazine lawsuit settlement.  

The council will be asked to approve the use of the Salem Aquatic Center by the Salem Swordfish Swim Team Invitational meet on Saturday, June 8th.  The meet would require the pool to be closed to the public until around four that afternoon.  While the date conflicts with the city's Family Fun Day, Recreation Director Sherry Daniels has indicated it would not be a problem to reschedule the Fun Day for the following Saturday, June 15th.  

Mayor John Raymer is recommending the appointment of Becky Schuler to the Historical Commission.  

The meeting begins at six Tuesday night at Salem City Hall.   

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