The Salem City Council has purchased the equipment needed to continue a program to replace natural gas meters that can be read remotely.
The council Monday night approved the purchase of 760 of the electronic reading units from United Systems and Software of Benton, Kentucky at a cost of $49,400 and 240 gas meters in the amount of $26,692 from Koons Gas Measurement.
Public Works Director John Pruden says they will double up on installation this summer after having no installations last year due to COVID-19. The five-year program will allow for gas readings to be taken by a meter reader tablet instead of a person having to go to each meter to take a reading.
The council approved submitting a $25,000 Downstate Small Business Development Program grant application to the state for Salem Bowl to help cover their losses due to COVID-19.
A proclamation showing their support to the Salem Police Department was approved, with a copy presented to Police Chief Sean Reynolds to be displayed at the Salem Police Station.