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SALEM – City council members presented 83 pieces of legislation in 2021, with just one ordinance they will have to deal with this year, related to changing the designated outdoor cooling area.

The DORA, which allows people to drink alcohol outside in a defined area, was quietly launched in downtown Salem in 2021, limited to the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but the board is talking about making it available year round, always on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, or for events on other days with board approval.

This will be one of the talking points when the council takes over in 2022, as well as continuing talks to finalize the new Community Reinvestment Zone program, which will allow more residents and businesses to benefit from relief. tax on the value of new constructions and renovations.

This year, a more in-depth discussion will also be expected on what to do with the property the city purchased on the corner of East State and Lincoln, where the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce was located. The council made a verbal commitment to allow Mayor John Berlin to explore plans for a possible park there, to have designs created there, but no final decision was made on the use of the park. ground.

Council meets for the first time this year at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall where members will welcome new City Councilor Sara Baronzzi, as well as new Treasurer Tod Mumpire. At the group’s organizational meeting, Board Chairman Tom Baker will unveil new committee duties with a revised committee list.

The first meeting last year was via Zoom Online, but eventually the meetings returned to the boardroom in person. Compared to previous years, the council passed numerous laws in 2021, including orders to grant increases to union employees in police, fire, utility and utility services, increases

to unrepresented employees, using US rescue funds to make a one-time lump sum payment of 3% of 2020 earnings to employees, and for Salem to become a Bee City USA.

The year before, in 2020, the council presented 67 ordinances and resolutions, two of which were tabled and then approved after being reintroduced under different numbers. Of the 65 orders submitted for review, only one failed, involving the submission of a single waste transport contract.

The numbers of laws for previous years included 62 introduced and only 60 approved for 2018 and 2019. Laws adopted in previous years included 64 in 2017, 65 in 2016, 64 in 2015, 80 in 2014 and 2013, 76 in 2012 and 72 in 2011. The legislation of the Regional Income Tax Agency allowing RITA to take over the administration and collection of the city’s income tax was approved in 2020 and entered into in force in 2021.

Some of the other laws approved in 2021 dealt with front yard parking, fencing for properties with frontage on two streets, creating a full-time position for the housing department, credit adjustments, purchasing and the sale of equipment, the purchase of supplies, summer street paving program legislation and resolutions honoring retirees, outgoing city officials and city appointees.

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