Salem Township Has New Road Commissioner for First Time in 40 Years
Bryant says Grizzle will assist this summer on some of the bigger improvement projects.
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Salem Township has a new road commissioner for the first time in 40 years.

Current township board member Jim Bryant was sworn in to the position Thursday night to replace Bill Grizzle who is retiring after 40 years on the job. Bryant says Grizzle has been helping him get ready to take over.

"My pledge to the people is to do the best of my ability to keep the roads in the best shape we possibly can. It's going to be a challenge, especially with all this bad weather this spring. Hopefully I can keep up with what Bill has done over the years. He's done a very good job for the past 40 years and I just hope I can fill his shoes."

Bryant says Grizzle will assist this summer on some of the bigger improvement projects. They include rebuilding portions of the Westline, Young, and Soper Roads to repair damage.

Township officials say their biggest challenge with upkeep of the roads is less motor fuel tax funds. The total road budget for the coming year is $560,000.

New Salem Township Clerk Gary Purcell was also sworn into office along with four trustees. Sharon Woodward, Jim Purcell and Mike Malan were re-elected to additional four year terms while Connie Graham was elected to her first term on the board.

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