Santa will get to ride Salem fire truck after all

SALEM — Looks like Santa Claus is coming to town after all, in a lit-up fire truck led by a lit-up police cruiser at 6 p.m. Dec. 3.

That’s what new city Service/Safety Director Joe Cappuzzello announced Tuesday night during his first official report to city council.

The fire truck and police cruiser will begin the extremely shortened Christmas parade made up of two units at the Salem Plaza, travel west on East State Street through the downtown and then turn south on Ellsworth to return to the fire station.

Cappuzzello had talked with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce after the chamber requested the abbreviated parade to bring Santa through town on the fire truck. The yearly Salem Christmas parade was canceled due to COVID-19.

This way, residents can sit in their cars in parking lots along the route, including at the plaza, to see St. Nick, who usually brings up the rear of the parade. Social distancing will be required.

Cappuzzello also announced that Mullins Avenue will be closed Saturday through Monday so American Standard can bring in a crane to move some equipment. The company had asked for assistance, with traffic rerouted to Railroad Street. The Ohio Department of Transportation was notified since Mullins is part of state Route 9. Any truck traffic is typically limited to American Standard deliveries.

The tentative dates for next year’s Salem Super Cruise were announced as June 10-13. Cappuzzello said the organizers are excited and ready to get back out there. The pandemic situation will continue to be monitored through the city health district and the city will continue to work with the cruise to provide electrical services, safety services and cleanup. This year’s cruise was canceled due to COVID-19.

Cappuzzello also updated council on the Eighth Street resurfacing project, saying all that’s left is the manhole covers and that should be done next week. Leaf bag pickup is continuing for the next two or three weeks, dependent on the weather.

In other business, council allowed for the advertising for bids and contracting for water and wastewater chemicals for the utilities department, approved second reading for an alley vacation off of Dodge Drive and approved a resolution adopting the rules and regulations of the Regional Income Tax Agency, with an amendment to attach the rules to the resolution as an exhibit.

Wishes for a happy Thanksgiving were given all around by council members. Councilman Sal Salvino commented on the tough times of the pandemic and issued a challenge for “everyone to do a good deed for someone, do something nice and pay it forward.”



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