Board of Works hears reports from fire and police departments

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City of Salem Mayor David Bower discussed the city’s wrecker services during the Salem Board of Works meeting Monday night. He said that the city is fortunate to have two very reliable wrecker services that they are able to use when needed.

He said another company, which is not located in city limits, would like a chance to service the city during wrecks, but Bower said he felt the two that are used now are good and he feels it is important that the company be located in the city.

Police Chief Troy Merry said he agreed.

“We need someone with easy access who can respond in a timely manner,” he said, adding that the response time of the wrecker service reflects on the police department.

“Our obligation is to this city,” said Merry.

However, Merry and Bower both said that a person who is in a wreck may call or ask the city police to call the wrecker service of their choice.

In other business, Fire Chief Tom Day said he would like to require training for Fire Officer 1 only, instead of Fire Officer 2 or 3. He said there is a lot of training the firemen could get and he doesn’t feel their time is best spent on the officer 2 and 3 training, noting that is for larger departments.

Day also announced that Mike Mead will serve as interim assistant fire chief until the current assistant, Matt Gorman, finds out whether or not he will be able to return to work.

Both the fire department and the police department will undergo training on chlorine spills on March 19.

The Plan Commission will meet again Monday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m.