Maps for Super Cruise route due out in March

SALEM – Maps of the cruise route and city streets that will be closed for the 2014 Salem Super Cruise should be available in March, Mayor John Berlin said at Wednesday’s cruise meeting.

There will be some changes to streets closures, he said, noting they had hoped to have a preliminary map for Wednesday’s meeting which had 20 people in attendance.

Berlin conducted the meeting as Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst attended a CCH Environmental meeting. CCH Environmental is the former Carroll Columbiana Harrison Solid Waste Management District.

Earlier this month the city announced a partnership with the Arby’s Cruisin’ Crew to run the 9th annual Salem Super Cruise set for June 19 through June 22.

The city will manage the overall event and the Arby’s crew will handle the cruise and help with show car parking.

The weekly Saturday night Arby’s cruises is a supporter of the Salem Community Food Pantry.

Berlin said the city will provide electrical connections, advertising, entertainment and cleanup.

Gene Johnson, organizer for the Arby’s cruises, said his crew will get the maps distributed.

Dash plaques for cruisers will be in two halves, one can be obtained Thursday night at Arby’s during the kickoff or at the main event lot on East Pershing Street across from Timberlanes.

Johnson explained that if they don’t want to cruise, they will display one-half of the plaque and if they do cruise they will display a complete plaque.

He said they were ready to go and just needed some money for the plaques.

Mick Orosz, who handles vendors, was unable to attend and Berlin curbed discussion about the vendors on East Second Street.

Berlin also called for sponsors to “let me know right now” if they are interested in the Super Cruise.

There will be no stage in the main show car lot this year or a parade.

Berlin said there is “probably no reason for a stage” and Johnson said the Arby’s crew has its own cruisin’ to the oldies setup.

Regarding the parade, Berlin said they decided “the whole weekend of the cruise is a parade … if they want to cruise fine, if they don’t fine.”

Tom Hall, an organizer for Sunday’s Show ‘N Shine said he had no confirmation on a sponsor but would check with last year’s event sponsor, Bicker Automotive NAPA Auto parts in Lisbon.

“I’m thinking he’ll go ahead,” Hall said, “he’s thinking the whole thing is good for the area.”

Hall asked about road closed signs to let motorists know there will be traffic congestion ahead and Berlin said it might be good placement for them at the bypass.

“Talk to Ken (Kenst) and we’ll get them,” he said.

“One issue we’re trying to avoid is not having traffic flow through town,” he said, adding they would like to keep traffic through town “green” all the time except for when pedestrians hit the button to walk across.

Dominic Righetti, who organized the autocross event at Walmart last year, said the Sports Car Club of America will return to conduct the 2014 autocross.

The event is in addition to the cruise and Berlin noted, “I guess it’s a very popular event.”

“The SCCA helped last year and has agreed again,” Righetti said, adding they welcome the Mahoning Valley Corvette Club taking part, “but we will use the SCCA.”

He said additional money raised will go to the banquet (in Salem).

The event will be billed as the Salem Super Cruise Autocross.

The next Super Cruise meeting will be at 7 p.m., March 19 in city hall and is open to the public.