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Salem appoints rep for OneOhio Memorandum

SALEM — Mayor John Berlin called on the council to hold a vote designating the office of the mayor to be the “member appointed by the municipality with the largest population as determined by the decennial census,” for the Region 11 governance structure in the OneOhio Memorandum of Understanding, in accordance with City Council’s passage of a resolution on the matter on May 17.

The Memorandum disperses settlement proceeds from opioid litigation with the intent to help combat the opioid crisis within Ohio communities. This vote was necessary as The Memorandum had requested the city of Salem inform them of their appointee as the city with the largest population in Columbiana County. Council approved the appointment of the mayor in a unanimous vote.

Service-Safety Director Joe Cappuzzello read a statement from the Salem Preservation Society thanking the city service department for all their help in the McCulloch Park restoration, naming several members of the department for specific thanks. The letter also mentioned that they hoped the parks renovation would inspire downtown business owners to also renovate, as they want Salem to be an example of small-town excellence not only to residents but outside visitors and businesses.

The city ordinance modifying rules for the height of fences as outlined in the codified ordinances of the City of Salem was on the meeting’s agenda for its’ second and third readings but could not be read for a vote as the City Planning Commission had not yet met to discuss it.

Construction will continue throughout the week on the sidewalk project downtown, with sections of the curb in need of repair being removed on the North side of State Street between Lundy and Ellsworth.

Council passed two pieces of legislation allowing the Budget Commission to determine, authorize, and certify the necessary tax levies to the Columbiana and Mahoning County Auditors.

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