The Salem City Council will discuss allowing Trick or Treat and larger political signs when they meet Monday night.
City Manager Rex Barbee says due to COVID-19 there has been some question as to whether or not the City of Salem should schedule an event. He notes Sandoval and Junction City have already confirmed they will have Trick or Treat but are suggesting everyone wear a mask among other precautions to limit contact and the risk of spreading the disease.
Barbee says so far there has been no guidance memos issued from the Governor’s office or Illinois Department of Public Health on Trick or Treating. In recent years, more groups and churches have been hosting a ‘Trunk or Treat’ and at least one Salem business has indicated that their large parking lot could be the site of a Trunk or Treat event.
If Trick or Treat is held, Barbee is recommending the event be scheduled for Friday, October 30th. Salem traditionally avoids holding the event on Saturday night.
The city council will also discuss a request for the city to allow larger than two by four political signs. The ordinance says its purpose is to enhance the physical appearance of the community while at the same time preserving the integrity of residential neighborhoods encouraging economic and commercial growth throughout the business areas of the city.
But resident Brock Waggoner told the city council at its last meeting the control on the size of political signs was limiting the First Amendment Rights of those who wanted bigger signs. He told the council he didn’t feel there should be any limits.
The council will be asked to pass an ordinance recommended by the Illinois Municipal League to assist the city in collecting federal CURE money set aside for them by the federal government.
The Salem City Council will meet in person at six Monday night at Salem City Hall.