Salem closer to acquiring dilapidated houses

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


SALEM ? City council members moved a step closer during their council meeting Feb. 6 to acquiring three dilapidated properties in the community. The city has been attempting to gain control of the property for several years and plans to demolish the homes on the property.

City Attorney Patrick Brau said he has filed a lawsuit to gain control of a twice fire-damaged home on the 200 block of North Main Street. The city?s basis for the lawsuit is that the residence is a dangerous structure.

Also, the city is looking to gain ownership of property on the 400 block of East Jackson Street and the 200 block of North Maple Street. Both properties are owned by the same individual, who is serving a sentence in federal prison, Brau noted. If the owner is not willing to sell, the city will proceed, treating both as abandoned nuisances.

Mayor Dan Patterson announced council committees for 2018. They are as follows:

Sewer and garbage: Chris Feehan, Bill Wixom Jr., and Gary Tedrow; water and finance: Wixom, Chuck Kramer and Mary Hoyer; fire department and E-911: Tedrow, Kramer and Wixom; parks and buildings: Hoyer, Feehan and Tedrow; budget and streets: Kramer, Feehan and Hoyer.

Steve Nichting was reappointed fire chief.

A committee comprised of city employee Dick Myers, Steve Hoyer and a park committee member were appointed to prioritize diseased trees for removal in central park and solicit bids for their removal.

There will be a new location of meters for new water service and replacement of defective water meters. The meters will be placed in ?meter beds? because access to some of the current meters is difficult.

Feehan volunteered to organize this year?s Easter Egg Hunt in Central Park.

Next regular council meeting is Tuesday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m., in the Community Building.