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Salem woman requests safety measures on road

SALEM — A woman who lives where Fairview and Southeast Boulevard intersect wants safety measures enacted there.

Barbara Yonker addressed city council Wednesday night, handing each of them a map showing locations for proposed stop signs on Southeast Boulevard before Fairview and just before the bend in the road, or in the alternative, a three-way traffic light at the intersection.

“That intersection is becoming more and more dangerous,” she said.

Another idea was a flashing yellow light.

Yonker said she’s lived there for about 10 years, but her parents had lived there and she recalled how her father put a rock at the bend and it’s been stolen before and struck during accidents. She described a number of accidents that have occurred there, some involving vehicles coming from Fairview to pull onto Southeast, some coming from Southeast to round the bend and some coming on Southeast from Ridgewood. A lot of vehicles coming from Southeast School use that intersection. The latest was in late September.

“I just wanted to draw it to your attention,” she said.

During his report to council, Mayor John Berlin brought attention to a free breakfast for veterans from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1089 E. State St. The event is part of the Salem Second Saturday activities that are focused on veterans this week. County Veterans Services will be there to talk with veterans about services available to them. The breakfast is free for veterans, with a cost of $5 for adults/children (5 and up). Reservations are not required.

Following the breakfast, there will be a musical tribute program at noon at Holy Trinity, with U.S. Army veteran Dr. Michael Traina speaking. Performers will include the United High School concert choir, Sassabrass, Holy Trinity Church Musicians, Butch Hallewell and Doug Falk.

Berlin also wished good luck to the Salem Quakers football team in their playoff game Saturday, noting that Coach Ron Johnson and team members are always willing to assist the city when needed. He also offered congratulations to the Christopher twins, Hunter and Cameron, for taking part in the state cross country meet last weekend and to South Range boys soccer coach Mike Bailey, a Salem High School soccer standout, and his South Range team for a great season. The Raiders season ended Wednesday in the Division III state semi-final game.

Councilman Geoff Goll said he served 37 years in the U.S. Air Force and he’s proud of that service and proud of the people in Salem that have served and who support veterans.

“I thank the citizens of Salem for recognizing what veterans have done,” he said.

Council also gave authorization for city Auditor Betty Brothers to open a money market account at Home Savings for investing city of of Salem funds.

The next meeting of city council is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 19.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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