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Martin sworn in, Foley and Givens reappointed

By Kelsey Bartlett
Newly-elected Salem City Council member James Martin is ready to begin his term. After months of anticipation, candidate forums and a successful May election, Martin was officially sworn into office by Salem Circuit Court Clerk Chance Crawford on Friday, July 1. Also sworn in were Salem City Mayor Randy Foley and Vice Mayor John... »

Council approves $75 million budget

By Kelsey Bartlett
Salem City Council members unanimously approved a $75,765,556 fiscal year 2016-17 general fund budget at their Monday night meeting. The budget, which is a 2.1 percent increase from the previous year, includes a 2.5 percent raise for full-time and part-time city employees, as well as varied raises for Salem City School employees. The proposed... »

Salem City Council candidates talk issues

By Kelsey Bartlett
Salem City Council candidates gathered at the Salem Civic Center on Tuesday afternoon for the first public forum of the election season, which was hosted by the Salem Kiwanis Club. The forum, which allowed the candidates a chance to introduce themselves and their visions for the city, as well as an opportunity to field... »

Council opposes party identification bill

By Kelsey Bartlett
On Monday night, Salem City Council members made it clear that they believe local government is no place for partisan politics. Mayor Randy Foley led the discussion, before council members unanimously voted to pass a resolution in opposition of a bill by Roanoke County Sen. David Suetterlein, a Republican. His SB 767, which narrowly... »

Council adopts crash collision center; members discuss FY 2016-17 budget

By Kelsey Bartlett
At their Monday night meeting, Salem City Council members paved the way for Salem to to join Roanoke in creating a regional crash-reporting center, as well as label itself as part of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. The Roanoke Valley will be the first community in the entire United States to implement such a center. Members... »

Council voices support of Catawba Hospital; Library and stadium to undergo renovations

By Kelsey Bartlett
On Monday night, Salem City Council members made their support for Catawba Hospital clear. Council approved a resolution requesting that the General Assembly take no action in closing the hospital. The Craig County Board of Supervisors and Roanoke County Board of Supervisors have passed similar resolutions. “As many of our neighboring communities have done,... »

Council members seek re-election

By Kelsey Bartlett
Salem City Council members William “Bill” Jones and Jane Johnson are seeking re-election in the spring. Councilman Jones and Councilwoman Johnson made the announcement during the Monday, Feb. 8 Salem City Council meeting. Both Jones, who has served two terms on council, and Johnson, who has served three, are running as independent candidates. A... »

Zoning changes to encourage entrepreneurship

By Kelsey Bartlett
If it’s more beer the town wants, then it is more beer it shall receive. Well, that’s the hope, at least. Salem City Council members voted on a zoning change during Monday night’s regularly scheduled meeting to include microbreweries in the permitted uses for downtown business districts. Residents shouldn’t dust off the pint glasses... »

Council adopts downtown revitalization plan

By Kelsey Bartlett
Downtown Salem if officially on course for a revival. Salem City Council members voted to adopt the “Downtown Plan” during the Monday, Jan. 11 meeting, the final technicality needed to allow the city to kick start the project, which has been in the works since fall of 2014. Benjamin Tripp, the city’s planner, spoke... »

Chisom appointed to Salem City Council

By Kelsey Bartlett
James Chisom, a former Salem City School Board member, has been appointed to Salem City Council. Chisom will serve for the next six months, filling the vacancy left by councilwoman Lisa Garst, who announced her resignation during the Nov. 23 city council meeting. Garst, who was first elected to council in 2008, has accepted... »