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Logos eyed at 2nd Super Cruise meeting

February 23, 2012

SALEM - A crowd of 30 people including entertainers, vendors, organizers, enthusiasts and city officials attended the second 2012 Salem Super Cruise meeting at city hall Wednesday night.

Last month's organizational meeting also drew 30 people as the city prepares for its 7th annual super cruise set for the June 21-24 weekend.

This is the third year for the city to organize and manage the cruise and Service Safety Director Ken Kenst had the high school art class design a new logo for the 2012 event.

Council President Mickey Cope Weaver had six black and white logos that were submitted.

"I should like to get an opinion tonight," she said and passed around the copies for each person to select the one they liked the best.

Cope Weaver expected to release the winning design on Friday or over the weekend.

Kenst listed a number of committee heads including Ron Waite, advertising, Mick Orosz, concessions, Patty Colian, parking and registration, while Jim Bonfert will have oversight duties, Debbie Bricker was appointed cleanup committee chair and Tom Hall and John Borza will manage the Show n' Shine. That event, held on Sunday, will again be sponsored by Salem Expert Tire.

The cruise route, parade and motorcycle committees are yet to be set.

Since the last meeting, Kenst said he has contacted Big Al's List and Cruisin' Times magazine to obtain more publicity. He has received demo information from three DJ's and five bands "so far."

After the meeting, Gene Johnson, who organizes the weekly Arby's cruises, said it was a good thing to get involved with Cruisin' Times and suggested a photographer be assigned "to take pictures of the event" that can be uploaded to a photo section of Cruisin' Times.

"It doesn't cost a penny to show all the pictures," Johnson said.

Hall asked about using the Second Street Plaza for concessions and parking, noting that at some point State Street and East Pershing Street will overflow.

"If this continues to grow, you can't handle everything on State Street and Pershing and you'll have to go to the other side of town," he said and wondered about obtaining permission from the banks to use their lots off of Second Street.

Kenst said he needed to speak with Orosz first, noting there was electricity up there for four or six concession trailers, and Orosz chimed in later saying he needed to see how much amperage was available.

"I'm looking more for people coming rather that cars," Kenst said, "I think Second Street would be good" and Mark Slocum asked about charging a parking fee in the Timberlanes' lot.

Hall said that would turn him off.

"If I'm going somewhere and they want my money ..." Hall said ... and Steve Bailey picked up his thought, "You chase people away if you take their money."

One guest asked about overhead street banners and Councilman Brian Whitehill noted that Winston banners were placed across the street for the divisional drag racing events years ago.

One other guest said the stores hardly had any signs and Bonfert noted there are couple of digital signs on businesses that could promote the event.

"We want to make this as visitor and car friendly as possible," Kenst said.

Crime Watch President Roe Haskin asked about tying in with the Steel Valley Super Nats at Quaker City Motorosports Park and Kenst said he met with them and was given an advertising fee schedule, but added, "I'm hesitant to send money (out)."

B.J. Abrams asked if the cruise paid money to them last year and Kenst said, "No, nothing."

Bailey asked about police in the downtown area on Thursday night.

Thursday kicks off the event with the Dunkin' Donut cruise at its east end store.

Bailey said most of the activity is on that end of town and wondered about saving taxpayers money on Thursday and on Sunday afternoon by not having police downtown.

Kenst said they have to schedule police ahead of time and Haskin said, "On Thursday, usually Crime Watch is out there ... so there really isn't anything needed on Thursday night."

Orsoz wanted to get some entertainment in the downtown area on Thursday.

"Everyone's at the other end of the town," he said, adding that the Timberlanes' lot was also open on Sunday.

"We noticed a lot more people on Sunday (last year)," he said, adding he heard Stadium GM was toying with the idea of holding a Corvette show on Sunday.

"Maybe we should stay open until 6 p.m. Sunday," he said.

Kenst saiad, "If we're advertising Thursday through Sunday maybe we should have something."

He added, "We can make the plan ... that it's (the weather) going to be nice on Sunday ..." and someone jokingly suggested getting the Salem News and Chesapeake Energy to help with sponsorship.

From there, dogs, dash plaques and the next meeting, set for 7 p.m. March 14, were discussed.

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