City Council discusses Airport PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:00
    Salem Mayor David Bower estimates that the state has pulled nearly $800,000 in funding from the city's new airport project. That news could be the final nail in the project's coffin.
    Bower didn't go as far to say the project is dead, but he did say that the air board must seek other funding. If no other funding can be obtained, he will recommend that the plug be pulled.
    “Since we've lost funding from the state because of the economic crunch, we are short,” he said. “We are just short of funding. The city council has voted twice not to spend any tax money on the project and I respect that. I agree with that.
    “My position has always been, even before I was swore in as a mayor, I have no issue with a new airport if we can do it without using a penny of local tax dollars.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:40
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CSX files discontinuance PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:00
    CSX railroad has filed for a discontinuance of the rail service line that will affect Bedford, Mitchell, Salem, Pekin down to New Albany.
    Salem Mayor David Bower and members of the city council discussed the issue at the group's regular meeting Nov. 9.
    “(The discontinuance) simply means they don't have to provide service,” Bower said. “The lines and the rails will still be there, but if business doesn't warrant them running a train down the track, then they don't have to.”
    Bower said CSX representative Brian Glover assured him that the discontinuance of service is being done because of the slow economy and at this time there are no plans to abandon the lines all together.
    “Our concern is number one, the impact on economic development,” Bower said. “(Mitchell) Mayor (Dan) Terrell's concern is that, not all the time, but often times, discontinuance is the first step in abandonment and we do not want to be a city without railroad service. In these tough economic times, if that were to happen, we would never be on the short list of cities that may be chosen for economic development or for new industry.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:42
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Jolly resigns from Delaney board PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 00:00
    Paul Jolly has been serving on the Delaney Creek Park Board for nearly 30 years. That stretch ended on Nov. 4 when the Washington County Board of Commissioners accepted his letter of resignation.
    Jolly said the reason he decided to step down was the fact that he wants to spend more time traveling to visit grandkids, but didn't deny the park's uncertain future played into it.
    “I've been at this for 30 years and that's the main reason,” he said, “not all this other stuff. I am all for the park. I think it's a great place and Washington County is lucky to have a place like that. I think there are a lot of counties that would love to have a park like that.”
    Jolly said ultimately he didn't want to be on the park board if he felt like he couldn't do a good job and he thinks both his busy schedule and  some recent decisions made by county officials will hamper those efforts.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:32
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Commissioners resend action from prior meeting PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 00:00
    At the Wednesday, Nov. 4 meeting of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, the group unanimously agreed to resend the action due of accepting the ambulance service with the EMS due to the EMS director not sharing the proposal with the Washington County Hospital Board.  The Commissioners were under the assumption that a decision had to be made at the last meeting at this point the commissioners have made no decision.
    Technology
    Commissioner John Mischler reported to the other Commissioners that the $50,000 grant to help with the writing of a Comprehensive plan is still waiting to be processed and is at a stand still. He also wanted to let any interest persons contact Sarah Bachman, County Auditor, if interested in serving this Board.
    David Neil of Cybertek, who is in negotiation with the Commissioners, reported they are in the first phase of the analysis of the project. Neil reported to the board that there were a lot of unknowns of the County system and they have been working with Matrix to work out those problems. Neil stated that there are148 devices which include PC, printers and access sights and software installed that does not need to be installed and at least 35 computers that are not in compliance. Neil has met with department heads to figure out what problems are occurring to correct those problem areas. Cybertek did correct the voice mail problem allowing employees to access their voice mail from any phone outside the office. Neil also stated that the county can get the internet free and they are not taking advantage of it.
    Neil plans to do do more analysis and report back to the board.   
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:34
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Two armed robberies in Salem PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 00:00
    Armed robberies are rare in Salem, but two in a little more than 24 hours of one another is unheard of.
    Cowboy's Food Store on Jackson Street was robbed at 3:50 a.m. Thursday morning and Country Fancy, which is located at 604 E. Hackberry Street was robbed at 9:06 p.m. Friday night.
    Both robberies have several similarities.
    The suspect was wearing a ski mask and a hoodie while wielding a firearm.
    At Cowboy's, store Manager Laura Woodrum said the suspect met the cashier at the side counter and pointed a gun and followed him back to the cash register.
    The same was true at Country Fancy. Owner Grace Hanson said the cashier had her back to the register when the suspect entered the store.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:38
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