Meetings of many public bodies typically are sparsely attended by the public.
But that wasn't the case recently for Salem City Council, whose meeting was attended by about 30 people.
They were there regarding ongoing discussion of a new humane officer and efforts to craft tougher regulations pertaining to adult-oriented businesses.
Councilman Greg Oesch, R-3rd, appreciated the participation.
"It's nice for a change not to look out at a bunch of empty chairs," Oesch said.
Bidding for trip: At a recent East Palestine City Council meeting, City Manager Gary Clark noted the city could save $500 on the cost of Christmas decorations for the downtown by driving to Indiana to pick them up rather than paying the delivery charge. Clark said the company wanted $500 to deliver the decorations from Indianapolis.
That started a bidding war of sorts among members of council.
"I'll go for $200," one joked.
"I'll do it for $100," another countered.
"How about $50?" said a third.
"Sold," Clark cracked.
XCONTRIBUTORS: Norman Leigh and Nancy Tullis of The Vindicator Salem Bureau.