Faber named to fill council vacancy


SALEM — Former city parks director Steve Faber will continue serving residents, this time as the new councilman representing citizens in the First Ward.

“I’m thrilled to be here and appreciate the support and the confidence,” Faber said for his first Pleasure of Council comment.

City council started an hour early Tuesday, at 6 p.m., to interview candidates for the First Ward position in executive session. deliberate and then take nominations during open session.

Originally there were two candidates who submitted their information by the deadline last week, Faber and former council president Tod Mumpire.

Questions arose on whether Mumpire met the residency requirement since he just recently moved back, with city Law Director Brooke Zellers notifying council members on Monday that the residency requirement was one year prior to election to a ward seat.

At the beginning of March, Mumpire purchased the home of former councilwoman Christine Mancuso, whose seat was the one up for grabs. In an email late Monday, Mumpire said he was withdrawing his name from consideration for the position.

Faber oversaw the city parks and the Salem Memorial Building for 26 years and still oversees operations at the Salem Memorial Building as building manager. He resigned from the parks department effective last month.

In his letter of interest for the council position, he said he’s called the First Ward home for 60 years, growing up there and still residing there, moving just once from 10th Street to Ninth Street in the early 90’s

“I still want to serve the community as I have for the past 26 years. I have the community’s interest at heart,” Faber said after his first meeting.

He was the only nominee and council voted 5-0 for him to fill the term which expires Dec. 31, 2019. One council member was absent. Mayor John Berlin administered the oath of office immediately.

Faber’s committee assignments include chairman of Traffic & Safety and member of Utilities and of Parks. He’ll also serve as clerk pro tem and as liaison to the school board.

In other business, council appointed William Dawes to the Tourism Board based on the recommendation of Berlin. The board was supposed to have seven members, but there had only been six since 2008/2009. Dawes owns Fairway Mortgage and is president of the Downtown Salem Partnership.

In another tourism related presentation, Salem Beautification co-chair Karen Carter talked about the committee and urged any resident interested in helping out to attend the group’s annual meeting at 3 p.m. today at the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. The annual clean-up downtown Salem Day will be held beginning at 9 a.m. April 21 at McCulloch Park next to Troll’s Jewelry.

Councilman Geoff Goll also issued a reminder announcement about the Rules & Ordinances Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in council chambers regarding zoning in the C-1, C-2 and C-3 districts, including downtown. He said Town Center Associates will be making recommendations on what type of businesses should be located in each zone.

The executive session also included discussion on a real estate purchase but no action was taken on that topic.

Council also approved an ordinance for an agreement related to use of the Law Enforcement Automated Data System.



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