Jacob Hockett is sworn in as the city’s new councilman by Mayor Sue Morgan as members of Hockett’s family look on. Photo by Bruce Kropp.
New Salem City Councilman Jacob Hockett was sworn into office at the start of Monday night’s council meeting.
Hockett says he’s not coming on board with any pet projects but did like an economic development goal suggested at the meeting.
“I would like to see another business in town and the job opportunities.”
Councilman Jim Koehler first raised the need to seek another grocery store with the closure of Save-a-Lot and get new businesses.
In the year 2020, establish a new business in town and of course, keep all of the businesses we have. I’d like to really get to work on that. We have a new Economic Development Director and I’d really like to get going on that.”
Koehler says right now Salem only has Salem IGA and Walmart. Several councilmen said they had heard comments in the community about the desire to bring an Aldi’s to town. The council also discussed the upcoming closure of Paradise Flowers as another loss to the city.
The city’s new economic development director, Tabitha Meador, was given the project. Koehler volunteered to help.