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SmallIndianaSalem 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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SmallIndianaSalem 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.


 

The Senior Center is located at 1705 North Shelby Street and open Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 4:00pm. The upcoming events are provided in the calendar.

Click here to view the monthly events calendar

 


 

The City of Salem will continue its use of the Community Crossings grant with work on N Shelby Street.

As announced in April, this award will continue construction at Bristol to SR 56. The work will provide important improvements to the road and a new sidewalk to allow more travel options for pedestrians.

The project is made possible through the Community Crossings matching grant program, part of Indiana’s Next Level Roads program. The City of Salem was awarded over $450,000 by Governor Holcomb last April for road and infrastructure improvements.

“We are excited to continue work on road and infrastructure improvements in Salem with the newest leg of our Community Crossings project. To thrive as a city, we must make these critical investments in our community,” says Mayor Justin Green.

Construction on this segment is expected to move faster than previous projects, as there are less utilities within this stretch of road. One lane of traffic will stay open on N Shelby Street for traffic flow.

Expected project completion is the end of August.

 


 

The importance of trees in an urban landscape can’t be overstated. They add beauty, provide shade, help mitigate carbon dioxide emissions and handle storm water. 

As a designated Tree City USA, the City of Salem will once again celebrate Arbor Day with planting a ceremonial tree.

“I am proud to say that Salem is continuing its long-standing legacy of being a Tree City USA participant,” said Mayor Justin Green. 

“As the Tree Board has for many years, members will be planting a special tree dedicated in honor of Arbor Day,” said Green. 

Free saplings for residents will be given out behind City Hall at Heritage Park. This year, tree distribution will be Pecan and Black Walnut varieties. The Tree Board will be giving out trees on Wednesday, April 24.  

In addition, the City of Salem is planting 40 trees throughout the community as part of a tree replacement program with the North Main Street project.  

“Increasing our tree canopy throughout the city brings many benefits and enhances the visual appearance for years to come,” said Green. “I encourage all residents to care properly for their trees and to consider planting one on their property in an appropriate location.”

 


 

Major infrastructure improvements are continuing in downtown Salem. “I want to update the residents of our city on the changes that are ongoing,” said Mayor Justin Green. “I also want to express appreciation for their patience and understanding while the much needed improvements continue.”  

The Main Street construction that began last year continues on schedule with an anticipated completion date June of 2024. This upgrade to Main Street was the result of being awarded a Federal Highway grant issued through INDOT.  

  The emphasis now is on the square, which has a multi-pronged approach:  

  • Pedestrian islands will be constructed to meet federal requirements.
  • Parking islands will be redesigned for smoother parking and driving.
  • Ramps will be adjusted as needed to meet ADA specifications.
  • Crosswalks will be redesigned and feature an improved appearance at the four gates.
  • Landscape and streetscape improvements will be made for an enhanced appearance.

  “These improvements will not only enhance the appearance of our beautiful square, but its function as well,” said Mayor Green. “All the changes have been designed to accommodate both regular motorists as well as commercial traffic, including 50-foot semi traffic.”  

  The estimated date for completion of the Salem square improvements is summer of 2024.

 


 

A janitorial position is available with the City of Salem. The job jobs includes the cleaning of 4 buildings; city hall, police department, washington co. salem senior center and salem airport. 

29 hours per week

Pick up an application in the mayor's office at city hall

 


 

 

The Salem Urban Enterprise has renewed for another four years. It is now active through December, 2028.