SALEM– The Salem Finance Committee has passed a resolution for appropriations.
It endorses appropriations intended to balance accounts that have exceeded their projected budgets for a number of reasons, chief among them the ongoing inflation the nation has been experiencing, most noticeably felt in the cost of gasoline and diesel fuel.
Other significant expenses included repairing the boiler at Salem City Hall which almost wholly exhausted the Contractual Services fund, necessitating a $4,000 appropriation. Mayor John Berlin noted that the building’s offices have a gas heating system that while installed, had never been set up as the building’s heating system had been integrated into the boiler. The system has three main pipes which were inspected with two being in working condition, and a third needing an electric panel costing approximately $300. Berlin suggested that the implementation of this system could eliminate the need for the boiler in the future, which has historically been a major expense for the city.
The committee also approved an increase of $115,000 to the Summer Streets Program from the Capital fund, to allow the repair and repaving of: the alley between North Ellsworth Avenue to Broadway Avenue commonly referred to as Waterworth Alley; the alley from North Ellsworth Avenue to West School Street; the alley from Ohio Avenue to Woodland Avenue; and Sandy Lake Drive and the parking lot from the Quaker Circle to the Salem Parkway.
The committee also passed a resolution to Salem City Council to create a special fund for the annual funds that will be received for being a member of the OneOhio government structure for the next 18 years. The yearly award of $3310.88 requires a unique account to be established by legislation for the funds, and any expenditures must be documented, with the reasoning for the expenditure. In addition, the city will receive an additional one-time payment of $3,300 this year.