Waving of Convenience Fees due to Covid-19

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, and until further notice, the City of Salem Utility Department is waving all convenience fees associated with using a credit/debit card or e- check, to pay a utility bill.

We are encouraging our customers to still pay what they can to avoid a large bill later down the road.

Please note that this decision is temporary.


Maple Mania

The maple trees in general are the genus Acer.  Maples are very common here in Indiana, you very well may not know all your local maple species. The Boxelder for instance is actually a maple. The scientific name for Boxelder is (Acer negundo).  The word Acer of course means it is a maple, and the word negundo makes reference to the pinnately compound leafs found on the Boxelder.  So if you are ever in a trivia game, and the question is, “Name a maple with a compound leaf”. The correct response would be Boxelder. At this point you are probably scratching your head, wondering. What exactly makes a maple, a maple?  That is quite elementary, they are the trees that have little helicopters on them.  Well, that is how I explain it to children. In the serious world those little helicopters are called Samaras, plants are actually classified based on their reproductive parts, even though most folks focus on leafs. All oaks have acorns and all maples have samaras.   Having said all this you should now understand why Boxelder is actually a maple even though the leafs look nothing like our other maples.


Parks Dept. Announces Cancellation of Season

Salem, Indiana (March 30, 2020) – Today, the Salem Parks and Recreation Department announced the cancellation of the remainder of the season and continued closure of the parks due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Department issued the following statement:

“The Salem Parks and Recreation Department strives to maintain and provide the safest and most secure facilities and programs for our guests, patrons and staff. Due to the recent concern over the Coronavirus (COVID19) along with discussions with city officials and the Park and Recreation Board, we have taken the following measures to maintain those standards:

We have cancelled the Baseball/Softball/Tball for the 2020 year.  We will be sending everyone a refund for the sign-up fee. All outdoor parks will remain closed until further notice.  This includes Riley’s Place, Depauw Park, the Elizabeth Street Park and the baseball diamonds. The Walking and hiking trails remain open but please do not congregate and do abide by social distancing guidelines.”    

The Board and Parks Department are taking these recommendations seriously based on the latest information available about the virus. They are implementing these precautions to protect the citizens of our community and park staff until such a time everyone can enjoy Salem’s beautiful park system safely.


Wastewater Superintendent asks Residents to Avoid Flushing Wipes

Salem, Indiana (March 20, 2020) – Due to an increase in the volume of items that can cause issues with the city’s wastewater treatment operations, Mayor Justin Green recently made the following notice available from Wastewater Superintendent, Troy Watts:

“We are seeing an uptick of problems at the wastewater treatment plant due to disinfecting wipes being flushed. Please remember sewer systems can get clogged when improper items are put down the drain or flushed. This can cause backups and overflow at our treatment facilities, which can create additional public health concerns. It is also advisable to refrain from flushing paper towels or wipes labeled as "flushable" or "septic-safe" as some wipes with this label can still cause issues with wastewater systems,” said Superintendent Watts.

Mayor Green and Watts remind residents that flushable wipes must have 3 main qualities:

  1. They must break down quickly into small pieces,
  2. They should not be buoyant or float,
  3. They should only be made of ingredients that will easily and naturally degrade.

They ask for your help in keeping the system operating and functioning well, particularly during this time, by only throwing your disinfecting and other wipes, including paper towels and baby wipes, in the trash. For updates and information from the City of Salem, please visit the website at or follow the City and the Mayor on Facebook.


Mayor Green Announces COVID-19 Protocols

Salem, Indiana (March 17, 2020) – Today, City of Salem Mayor, Justin Green, announced new protocols for city operations in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Green made the announcement from City Hall, shortly after 2:30pm.

“More than anything, I want city residents and our employees to be safe and healthy as we endure the next few weeks of uncertainty concerning the spread of novel coronavirus. Undoubtedly, I want to assure the public that these protocols are in place to slow the spread of this highly contagious virus, to protect vulnerable populations, our healthcare system, and first responders.”


Public Health Closure Notices

Senior Center

Effective March 16th, the Salem-Washington County Senior Center will close for two weeks, for the safety of the members.

Parks & Recreation

In the interest of public health and especially our kids involved with extracurricular activities, Salem Park and Recreation will follow suit of the Salem Community Schools. As of now, our Little League Baseball and all Parks & Recreation activities this season will be delayed until further notice.

Justin Green, Mayor
Brande Abbott, Director