Salem Mayor Daniel Busch announces run at re-election

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Daniel Busch

Salem Mayor Daniel Busch is announcing his plans to seek re-election for mayor in the upcoming election.

The city has accomplished great things under the mayor’s first term in office. The city was able to start and complete the construction of the new Salem Civic Center with no added cost to the taxpayers. Also during his first year in office, a storm passed through Salem causing catastrophic damage to the airport. With the safety and well being of Salem citizens being the number one priority and through teamwork with all of the city’s departments, the clean up process started immediately. In the rebuilding stage of the airport the city applied for and received a 90 percent matching grant from the Arkansas Aeronautics Commission for the construction of a new “terminal building” with the city only paying ten percent of the final cost of the building. The city applied for and received two Rural Development Grants in his first term which aided in the purchase of new fire department bunker gear and a newly installed storm warning system. The street department applied for and received grant funding for the purchase of a new truck to be used for the removal of yard waste.

The city has two grants awaiting approval for projects. One of the grants is a USDA grant. This grant will be used to purchase new vehicles for the aging police department fleet. The other grant is through Arkansas Street Aid and if approved, this grant will cover 100 percent of the cost to resurface up to two miles of city streets.

In 2016, the City of Salem read a proclamation from the Order of the Purple Heart proclaiming Salem a Purple Heart City. Salem was at the time, the twenty-sixth city in Arkansas to become a Purple Heart City.

The city has added the option of automatic bank draft for paying the city’s water and sanitation monthly bill which is a convenience to some of Salem’s citizens. Mayor Busch understands the need to maintain the city’s aging infrastructure and with the teamwork of the Public Works Department the city can provide reliable services.

Mayor Busch works hand in hand with state and county officials in promoting Salem and Fulton County. Mayor Busch, over the course of his professional career, has numerous contacts the city utilizes for resources when applying for grants or simply promoting the area.

One of the goals Mayor Busch has for the city in his next term is to lower the city’s ISO rating. This will be a huge benefit for everyone by hopefully lowering the insurance premiums. The request for a review of the Salem Fire District has already been submitted. With teamwork from the Salem Fire Department and the citizens of Salem, this goal can be achieved. The Salem Fire Department is currently in the process of completing the FireWise Community project. This project will help serve in two ways: first, it will contribute to the reduction of Salem’s ISO rating and secondly, it will provide preference points when applying for grants.

Mayor Busch is active in the community and actively involved as a member in the following organizations: Salem Chamber of Commerce, Fulton County Fair Association, Arkansas Municipal League, White River Regional Solid Waste Management, Arkansas State Police Retirees Association and the Ozarka College Foundation Board.

In closing, Mayor Busch stated, “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens as their mayor. With your continued support, we can continue making Salem a great place to call home.”

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