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Salem City Council Takes Next Step To Turn Armory Into Family Fun Center

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Salem City Council has created a new special use permit crafted to allow the redevelopment of the Armory building into a family recreation center.  

The council agreed to not have a second reading to help meet the timetable of developer John Andrews.  

City Manager Bill Gruen says residents will still get to weigh in on their thoughts about the project.  "If the city council is okay with amended our zoning code in this way, John Andrews would still to have to come back to the planning commission to request issuance of the special use and there would be a public hearing.  People in the neighborhood would receive notice of the hearing and would be able to come in and speak on it and let the planning commission know how they feel about it," said Gruen.

The public hearing before the planning commission will be scheduled for Tuesday, June 11th, at seven pm.  The planning commission makes final decisions on special use permits, so the issue will not come back before the city council.  In addition to the family fun center, Andrews also wants to use the building for storage of supplies for U.S. Sonet, as well as offices for emergency management services and other non-profit organizations.  

Andrews would like to have the business open around September first.  

The council approved labor and material bids for this summer's natural gas line replacement program.  Kieffer Brothers Construction will install the new line at a cost of $194,835.  Consolidated Pipe and Supply will provide the materials for $16,967. Public Works Director John Pruden says gas line will be replaced in the Prairie View Subdivision as well as Cope and Donoho Drive.  

The council approved replacement of the city hall computers at a cost of $17,134.  The county okayed a bid from Kassen for replacement of the Route 37 and Kell Street Pump Station.  A half-ton truck for the gas department will be purchased from Schmidt Ford for $20,650.  A three-quarter ton truck for the street department was purchased from Bob Ridings Ford of Taylorville for $17,840.  The council agreed to wait until they have a state bid before purchasing a one ton truck for the leaf vac.   

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