Late Councilwoman McKowen honored by Salem City Council

March 24, 2015

SALEM — A candle-lighting ceremony and moment of silence were observed by Salem City Council Wednesday night in memory of Councilwoman Laurie McKowen, who died unexpectedly Saturday at the age of 56.

It was also the first time in recent history that a council meeting was concluded in less than 75 minutes, not including a public hearing that began at 5:30 p.m. before the regular session.

The hearing, which drew no comments, was on the second reading of an ordinance setting election officials’ pay.

Under the ordinance, ballot commissioners will be paid $250 a day, not to exceed 10 days. Poll clerks will receive $15 for training and $150 compensation. Alternative poll clerks and those delivering supplies are to be paid $15.