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Welcome to Historic Salem Indiana!

Salem is located in scenic Southern Indiana just 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky and less than 100 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana. Salem is a great place to live and make a living. We have high achieving public schools, and a wide variety of community activities. Salem also has a strong and diverse economic base. If you're a visitor to Salem, we hope you will take note of our many unique and historic destinations. As a city, Salem has retained much of its small town flavor, a flavor that is enhanced by the city’s tree-lined streets, stately old homes and a friendly atmosphere that has been nurtured and handed down through the generations.

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Labor Day - Garbage Service Schedule

City of Salem Garbage Service runs on regular schedule, even on holidays.  Please have your garbage out before 6:00 a.m. on your normal pick up day.

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Terry Schular Award Winners

These players were nominated for the Terry Schular Award during this years softball and baseball seasons. The award is for good sportsmanship. Each player received a certificate and a backback. Judy Johnson with the Washington County Community Foundation and Brande Abbott of Salem Parks & Recreation are also pictured.

In no particular order the names of the players are McKenzie Voelz, Marissa Redmond, Claire Motsinger, Silas Emery, Collin Schocke, and Cash Rainbolt.

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Salem Municipal Airport Update

The Salem Municipal Airport BOAC hereby announces the intended adoption of their proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal of 5.4% for the 2020-2022 plan year beginning October 1, 2019. The goal methodology and plan can be reviewed at the Airport, and any comments submitted prior to August 1, 2019 in writing to:

Airport Manager
2593 West State Road 56
Salem, IN 47167

United States Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
Great Lakes Region - Civil Rights Staff
2300 East Devon Avenue
Des Plaines, Illinois 60018

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Half-Century Old Salem Water Treatment Plant Being Rebuilt

June 3 groundbreaking to highlight project's quality of life, economic development benefits

Celebrating the rebuilding of Salem's 51-year-old Lake John Hay Water Treatment Plant, City leaders will join Washington County officials and project partners to officially break ground at the plant site Monday, June 3 at 9:00 am at 3978 North Rinkers Creek Road. 

Crediting the vital role partnersrups played in the success of the project, Mayor Troy Merry explained how teamwork resulted in a well-designed, strategically funded plant that will serve the community and Washington County for the next 75 years. 

"Thanks to careful planning with Clerk-Treasurer Sally Hattabaugh and our City Council and working in tandem with representatives from the USDA Rural Development, we refinanced $1.9 million and received a two percent 40-year-loan from the USDA to pay for the $15.2 million plant," Merry explained. 

According to Council President Justin Green, strategic planning went into the new plant that is designed to pump 3.0 million gallons per day (MOD). 

"Our long-term financial investment in the plant means safe and clean water will continue to be delivered to a total of 17,202 water customers. The effectiveness and efficiency of the water plant will not only enhance our residents' quality of life, but also will serve as a critically important piece of our quality of place infrastructure. 

"As city and county leaders, it's our responsibility to ensure Salem and Washington County are attractive, viable options for companies to locate here and for new homeowners to live here. The Lake John Hay Water Treatment Plant is a key asset in our community's economic development appeal," Green said. "Our groundbreaking celebration on Monday is a win for all." 

Merry cited the invaluable role Salem rate payers served in the successful launch of the new plant's construction. 

"Salem and Washington County water customers got it. They understood that for us to continue providing safe, clean water from a modem, technologically-sound treatment plant, their rates needed to increase. With our customers' involvement in the decision making through public meetings and sharing of information, water bills were increased from approximately $12 per month to $19 per month; an amount still far below that of other communities. 

"Our residents are equal partners in this initiative, and we are grateful for their buy-in and appreciation for the need to rebuild our aging plant and make it current and modern for the benefit of the City and the County as a whole," Merry said. 

According to Wessler Engineering Drinking Water Group Head Dylan Lambermont, whose team worked with Salem leaders to evaluate options on making repairs or building a new plant, the project is set for completion in the spring of 2021 with a modern design, automated technology and a separate control room, among other efficiency-driven elements. 

"Because of the forward-thinking leadership of Mayor Merry, Clerk-Treasurer Hattabaugh and the Salem City Council, led by Councilman Green, pivotal decisions were made back in 2016 to initiate this project for the community's well-being.