Active Living and Healthy Community Health Committee

Recently, Denise Newkirk, Director Salem Parks and Rec. Director along with Joy Bierly both committee members of the Active Living and Healthy Community Health Committee, helped plan and conduct the first City of Salem Active Living Workshop, “planning for a healthy community.  This was developed by Katelyn Kutemeier, Community Wellness Coordinator, Purdue Extension.


Prevent Child Abuse Council observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Prevent Child Abuse Council along with other local organizations, conduct “Lunch and Learns” with topics of a variety of concerns from the community, during the year. In October the group had a “Lunch and Learn”, to observe October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Pictured at Right, Connie Benson, Hoosier Hills PACT Shelter Director, presents the shelter’s founder Regina Ruddell, with a plaque for her dedication and efforts toward domestic violence. The event was held at the Washington County Government Building.

All donations will be used by the Washington County Child Abuse Council to fund activities and programs for children in our community.


Bark for Life at Lake Salinda

Salem Park and Rec. Director Denise Newkirk and dog Cami along with daughter Kelsey Dawson and granddaughter Gianna, participated in the annual "Bark For Life", held at Lake Salinda, a fundraiser for Relay for Life.

The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of our Canine Caregivers.  It presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society.


City receives funding from Office of Community and Rural Affairs Award Infrastructure Grant

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced today nearly $14 million in federal grant funding was awarded to 28 rural Hoosier communities across 5 programs.

Applications for Round 2 of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) were due to OCRA on September 1, 2017. The State of Indiana distributes CDBG funds to rural communities in an effort to ensure health and safety, and to improve the quality of life of citizens.

“As Indiana’s Secretary of Rural Development, I’m excited that we’re awarding $14 million to 28 rural communities across Indiana,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “These Community Development Block Grants will spur economic revitalization and community development, promote health and well-being, and help cities, towns and counties improve their quality of place and residents’ quality of life.”

The goals of the Wastewater Drinking Water Program (WDW) are to protect the health and environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities, and improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth. Eligible WDW projects include many aspects of wastewater improvements and drinking water system improvements.

The City of Salem has been awarded $550,000 for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant. The project will make improvements to their wastewater treatment plant that was severely damaged in a flood event that the City experiences in May of 2017. It will benefit residents by addressing a severely damaged and failing wastewater treatment plant and help keep wastewater rates affordable to the residents.