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Salem City Council returns to chambers

SALEM — City council returned to in-person sessions Tuesday, but the only attendees were two spouses of officeholders.

“It’s great to be back here live and in person,” Mayor John Berlin said.

Councilman Steve Faber also commented on being inside council chambers at city hall, saying it’s “good to be back and see everybody face to face.”

City council had not met in person since March 2020, but had been meeting via Zoom for video conferencing.

Council held first reading on legislation related to front yard parking, along with second reading on a related piece of legislation and tabling of a third related ordinance. All three proposed ordinances are related to a change to allow parking in an existing driveway in a front yard whether the garage remains or not.

Two of the three proposed

ordinances will have to go before the city Planning Commission for review.

In other business, council approved the 2022 tax budget and authorized the service/safety director to conduct a survey of the city’s housing stock in preparation for a new Community Reinvestment Area.

City Law Director Brooke Zellers thanked all the volunteers who helped put on another successful Salem Super Cruise, with Councilwoman Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey also offering thanks.

Berlin reminded residents that the city will host fireworks at dusk July 3 and city hall be closed Monday, July 5, in observance of the July 4 holiday. July 9 will be the rain date for the fireworks.

Council also met in executive session at the mayor’s request for contractural issues. No action was taken.

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