Salem council moves forward on paving work

SALEM — An ordinance allowing for the advertising of bids and letting of contracts for the 2019 street paving project needs two more readings for approval.

City council held first reading on the proposal Tuesday night.

Plans call for the paving of seven streets and a municipal parking lot with money from the capital improvement fund. The estimated construction cost is a little over $1.1 million, with Howells and Baird of Salem selectaed as the engineering firm overseeing the project for a fee of $87,250.

Streets to be done include: Pennsylvania Avenue from Allen Road to Jennings Avenue; South Madison from East State to Southeast Boulevard; Arch Street from Newgarden Avenue to the deadend; Oak Street from South Madison to Southeast Boulevard; Cleveland Street from Hawley Avenue to Brooklyn Avenue; Buckeye Circle from West 14th Street east to West 14th Street west; Merle Road from Fairview Avenue to the deadend; and the public parking lot along East Pershing and South Lundy Avenue.

In other action , city council held second readings on two ordinances aimed at making the city more competitive in attracting experienced job seekers for supervisory or management positions when they’re open within city government. One proposal calls for a change in the non-bargaining wage ordinance to allow for wage ranges for supervisory or management positions so there’s more latitude when hiring someone who’s qualified with a lot of experience. The other proposal would change the fringe benefits ordinance, allowing an offer of up to three weeks paid vacation in the first year to an experienced applicant after four months of continuous service instead of having to wait an entire year for two weeks vacation and then another five years for three weeks paid vacation.

Council also held second readings on three resolutions for police mutual aid agreements with the new Columbiana County major crimes task force, with Kent State University and with the City of Alliance.

Council approved an ordinance to authorize bids for the sale of a used 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee after holding the third and final reading for a vote.

Council also approved a resolution commending recent retiree Tim Rininger for his dedicated service to the city as chief operator of the wastewater treatment plant from Jan. 3, 1978 to Jan. 3, 2019. Councilman Geoff Goll, who previously served as the longtime chairman of the Salem Utilities Commission, spoke highly of Rininger and his 41 years of service to the city. He said he was very knowledgeable and special and he’ll be difficult to replace.

The next council meeting will be 7 p.m. April 2.