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Councilman Jim Baity (left) is sworn in by Mayor John Raymer as Baity's wife Lisa holds the Bible.

Salem City Councilwoman Sue Morgan is sworn in by Mayor John Raymer as her family looks on.

Two New Salem City Councilman Sworn Into Office

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

There are two new members of the Salem City Council.  Sue Morgan and Jim Baity were sworn into office and seated Monday night to replace Steve Huddleston and Kip Meador.  

Morgan announced her goals for the coming four years.  "Property owners with derelict buildings tear them down, sell down, or make them liveable and up to code.  The entrances to Salem have to be made inviting.  We have some really ugly entrances with buildings.  We need recycling expanded greatly.  I want the downtown buildings made inviting with no boards on the windows.  I think the animal problem needs to be resolved quickly.  Kinney Boulvevard needs to be full and thriving because Salem has to be beautiful before we can keep it beautiful," said Morgan.

Baity says he agrees with some of Morgan's goals.  "The derelict buildings are a big item.  Of course now the animal control.  I know it will take some time, but I think by working and trying to keep it here in Salem I think it will benefit us better," said Baity.

Meador was presented a plaque for his years of service on the council.  His parting comments to the new councilmen was to always question everything that's presented to you because you just never know.  "You can't believe everything your told or everything you see.  Don't be shy.  Put it out to the people before you vote on it.  That's just me," said Meador.  He pointed to the proposed animal control contract with Centralia as an example of something that needed to be studied because of the cost and the city being left with nothing when the contract expires.  

Huddleston was not present and will be presented a plaque later.   

The council appointed Bev West as the new city clerk, effective May 10th, when Jane Marshall retires.  She was thanked for 41 years of service to the City of Salem.

Mayor John Raymer made a number of appointments to boards and commissions.  George 'Joe' Black was reappointed to a five year term on the Airport Authority.  Joyce Hahn and Jim Reincke were reappointed to three year terms on the Library Board.  Alan Wilson and James Milano were appointed to five year terms on the Planning Commission.  William 'Randy' Vogt received a three year appointment to the Board of Police Commissioners.  Tony Shook was appointed to a two year term on the Police Commission. Sam Lay was reappointed to a five year term on the Zoning Board of Appeals while Joan Kless was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the board.  Jeannine Richards, Donald Mills and Diane Eller were appointed to three year terms on the Salem Historical Commission.  Paul Moore and Doris Purcell were reappointed to three year terms on the Tree Board.  Tourism Board members Robert Haney, Dana Hampton, Michael Black and Timothy Hudspeth were reappointed to four year terms on the Tourism Board.  

Jeanne Gustafson was introduced as the city's new economic development director.     

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