Salem Residents will Save on Flood Insurance, Council Approves Housing Measures

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Salem residents with flood insurance will see larger discounts in their premiums, totaling 30 percent or about $397 a year, thanks to action taken at Salem City Council Monday night.

The change in Salem Revised Code Chapter 601 (Flood Plain Overlay Zone) will improve Salem's rating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Community Rating System Program. It will also clear the way for the City to work toward further improvements and further savings. Cost to the City of these ongoing efforts is relatively small, said Glenn Davis, Chief Development Engineer and Floodplain Manager for the City.

Salem Housing Authority also approved a grant application for the Sequoia Crossings housing project, which will provide more than 60 units of permanent supportive housing. The City Council also approved changes to Emergency Declaration on unsheltered residents to allow a limited, managed outdoor camp on City-owned property at 2640 Portland Road NE.

Mayor Chuck Bennett recognized several observances: The National Wildlife Federation's Mayor's Monarch Pledge commits the City of Salem to voluntarily help restore habitat for the Monarch butterfly and encourages the people of Salem to do the same. The Mayor also recognized April as Arbor Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

In other action the council:

  • Approved extension of emergency utility assistance through the rest of 2021
  • Approved property purchase for Marine Drive NW alignment
  • Lowered district fees for the Trelstad Reimbursement District
  • Finalized three-hour free parking for the Library Parkade
  • Updated Salem Revised Code Chapter 74 on Wastewater Industrial Pretreatment Provisions to help prevent pollutants from getting into the City's wastewater collection and treatment system
  • Accepted the 2020 Annual Tree Report (produced before ice storm damage).

The next Salem City Council meeting will be Monday, April 12, at 6 p.m.

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