Salamonie Summer Festival committee members discuss plans with Warren Town Council

Members of the Salamonie Festival committee appeared before the Warren Town Council on Monday, March 23, and discussed plans for the event taking place in July.

"Let Freedom Ring" was the theme chosen by the committee. Committee members requested approval from the council to rent a 30 by 90 foot tent for seating and protection from the weather. The tent would be anchored with stakes in the pavement, they said. The council approved the use of the tent if the committee plugged the holes in the roads following the tent's removal.

Fireworks, a parade, rodeo and demolition derby are in the works for the festival week.

In other business Monday evening, Town Marshal Dennis Spitler requested approval to move forward in applying for a grant to employ a third full-time officer for the town.
The grant would allow the town to pay an officer for three years with full salary and benefits. The grant requires the town to retain the officer for at least another year with payments coming out of the town's budget.

If the town receives the grant and council approves adding the third officer, he or she would begin at the Warren Police Department's starting salary, said Spitler.

The council allowed Spitler to apply for the grant, however they will revisit the issue if the grant is approved.
A similar grant was applied for several years ago but the council did not approve hiring another officer at that time, said Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison.