Salem to Pursue Designs for Large Welcome Sign
New Police Detective Trent Swagler Is Introduced at Monday's City Council Meeting
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Left to right: Salem Police Chief Sean Reynolds, Mayor Rex Barbee, Detective Trent Swagler and members of his family.
Photo by Bruce Kropp

Salem City Manager Bill Gruen will work with contractors on the development of a large welcome sign that would be located in the southeast corner of Kinney Boulevard and West Main.

The city has $30,000 set aside for the project, a $15,000 Union Pacific grant and $15,000 in video gaming proceeds.

"The sign doesn't cost all of that, there will be some other things that we will look at doing. We have $30,000 from the revolving loan fund that we will use for replacing that drooping chain link fence on Main Street and we will replace it with some rod iron fencing that Jeannie has gotten IDOT approval for. It will look nicer."

Gruen says three contractors have expressed interest with the city in developing the sign that is anticipated to be 10 to 12 feet wide and eight feet tall. He hopes the sign and other work can be completed this spring.

The city's new detective Trent Swagler was introduced to the city council. He was recently promoted to detective to replace Larry Binnion who retired.


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