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Gene Bailey presides over his last meeting as Salem Township Supervisor.

Richard Gregg (left) is sworn in as the first new Salem Township Supervisor in 32 years by Township Clerk Barney Bruce.

Salem Township Supervisor Gene Bailey Ends 52 Years As Township Official

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Salem Township Supervisor Gene Bailey received a standing ovation from the Salem Township Board Thursday night for his 52 years of service to the township.  The meeting was the last for Bailey following a loss in the April ninth election by two votes to Richard Gregg.  

Several members shared stories of how Bailey had assisted them and Bailey recalled some of the changes the township has gone through in the past five decades.  Bailey noted when he started there were only three trustees, the township office was above Sweney Drug Store, they had bad roads and very little money.   Since that time, the township purchased land at the south end of the Marion County Fairgrounds and build a township building as well as a facility for the road commissioner and have seen a dramatic improvement in the roads.  

"There's a lot more rules and regulations now than there used to be.  Times change. We have a good super assessor.  She has doubled the assessed valuation of the township.  We have more money to work with now and we have been pretty chinzy you might say with our money, but we've done the best we could," said Bailey.

Bailey said he enjoyed his 20 years as a township trustee and 32 years as supervisor. He announced he has no plans to contest the election results after a discovery recount on Wednesday in two Salem Township Precincts showed no change in vote totals.  

The meeting also saw Gregg sworn in as the new supervisor.  "I don't want to stir the pot none. As soon as I get through the orientation class that is offered through the state we'll hit the ground running," said Gregg.

Four other trustees were sworn in for additional terms.  They are Sharon Woodward, Doris Purcell, Mike Malan, and Jim Bryant. Road Commissioner Bill Grizzle also took the oath of office.  Grizzle told the board all 44 miles of township road had now had the ditches cleaned out which will allow for good drainage.    

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