Salem to deed downtown lot to county land bank

SALEM — The city will be turning over a vacant lot in downtown to the Columbiana County land bank.

City Council Tuesday night authorized Mayor John Berlin to sell the vacant lot owned by the city at 379 E. Sate St. to the Columbiana County Land Reutilization Corp., commonly known as the land bank. Purchased by the city in 2015, the lot is adjacent to the former Tan-Fastic property, with both buildings that had been on the properties being razed for safety purposes.

Berlin said the land bank requested the city’s lot in order to combine it with the other one, already owned by the organization. The combined lots will be used for a commercial purpose, but Berlin said he did not know the specifics. The property will be turned over to the land bank at a minimal cost, if any, he added.

Council approved the action to take effect immediately.

In other business, council vacated an unnamed 14-foot alley running southeasterly from Newgarden Avenue to its end, commonly known as 808 and 816 Newgarden Ave. The action also includes relinquishing the utility easement since it is no longer being used by the city.

Also at the meeting, Berlin reminded residents about the Fourth of July fireworks display planned for July 3 at Waterworth Memorial Park. The display will start at dark, approximately 9 to 10 p.m. The rain date is July 5.

A public hearing for the 2020 tax budget is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. July 2 in council chamber.