Mayor Cheers “Great Work” around COVID-19 Efforts in Salem

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Mayor's message for September 7, 2020

Mayor Bennett talks about National Emergency Preparedness Month, and the peace of mind being prepared allows, with City of Salem Emergency Manager Greg Walsh. He also talks about how to nominate someone for the City's Virtual Volunteer Awards. 

Mayor's message for August 3, 2020

Mayor Chuck Bennett talks about the August ribbon-cutting for the Redwood Crossing housing for the homeless. He also meets with Justin Martin, the City of Salem's liaison to the Oregon Legislature. Justin's focus right now is on funding for water projects, transportation, and other issues including homelessness. 

Mayor's message for July 27, 2020

Mayor Chuck Bennett of Salem, Oregon, visits with Brady Rogers, who manages the City's Codes Enforcement, among other functions designed to improve livability. The Mayor also talks about the new traffic enforcement cameras designed to improve intersection safety. New cameras are at intersections including Commercial and Madrona Streets SE, Commercial and Kuebler Blvd. SE, and Center and Hawthorn Streets SE.

Mayor's message for July 20, 2020

Planning for growth is the topic for today's Mayor Bennett's Monday Message. In this episode he chats with the Community Development Department's long range planner Eunice Kim about the City's Our Salem Project.  What's your vision for our city? Well, Salem's future needs your input!

Mayor's message for July 13, 2020

Mayor Bennett discusses homelessness with Gretchen Bennett of the City of Salem, who is coordinating efforts to help the estimated 1,118 unhoused people living in the City.

Mayor's message for July 6, 2020

Mayor Bennett's guest in this video is Salem Public Works Director Peter Fernandez, who talks about the 2020 Virtual Public Works Day, drinking water safety measures and other aspects of public works.

Mayor's message for June 26, 2020

Mayor Bennett talks about the cloth mask collection program continuing through July 31, to help local nonprofit organizations meet the community's needs. He interviews City Engineer Aaron Kimsey about the seismic and accessibility upgrade at Salem Public Library. He also interviews Librarian Sarah Strahl about virtual services during the pandemic, and future plans for reopening.

Mayor's message for June 19, 2020

Mayor Chuck Bennett and City Manager Steve Powers of Salem, Oregon, discuss City plans now that Marion and Polk counties have been approved for Phase 2 of COVID-19 recovery. Plans include reopening of high-volume customer offices at Salem Civic Center, for services including payments, permit applications and park reservations. The City Council will also be allowing virtual public testimony via Zoom at its June 22 online meeting, and in-person meetings in Council Chambers of up to 50 people under Phase 2 guidelines as early as July 13.

Mayor's message for June 5, 2020

Mayor Bennett talks with Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore about protests through the week, police training, questions from residents, and how to prepare for a more peaceful protest. He also urges the public to watch ongoing Salem City Council meetings, including the Monday, June 8, meeting, which starts at 6 p.m

Mayor's message for May 29, 2020

Mayor Chuck Bennett interviews Kristin Retherford, Salem's Director of Urban Development about programs designed to help with business and housing needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor's message for May 22, 2020

Mayor Chuck Bennett talks about the statewide COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. He also interviews Salem Housing Authority Administrator Nicole Utz to talk about Salem Housing Authority's response to COVID-19.  

Mayor's message for May 15, 2020

Mayor Chuck Bennett talks about food and other resources in Salem. He also interviews Salem Fire Chief Mike Niblock about the new Community Connect service that allows households to provide information in advance that may help first responders in the event of an emergency, such as individuals who are wheelchair-bound, household pets, natural gas shutoff and other key information. The information is completely confidential and protected by federal health information law. The service is available only to Salem residents within city limits at this time. 

Mayor's message for May 8, 2020

Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett visits with Cheryl Nester Wolfe, RN, Salem Health President and CEO on Salem Health's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. He also talks about reopening of dog parks, and the City of Salem's COVID-19 resources available in English and Spanish on the city website,


Mayor's message for May 1, 2020

Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett discusses the City budget, which will be presented in a virtual public meeting May 6 at 6 p.m., with live streaming on @CityofSalem Facebook and CCTV YouTube, and live on Comcast Cable Channel 21. The Mayor also talks about utility and parking relief, proposed state strategies for restarting public life. He also interviews Salem Police Lt. Treven Upkes about behavioral health challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Lines for Life Military Help Line, 888-457-4838
Lines for Life Youth Help Line, 877-968-8491 or text 839863
Crisis and Information Hotline, 503-581-5535
Psychiatric Crisis Center, 503-585-4949, 1118 Oak Street SE, Salem
Mid-Valley Suicide Prevention Coalition
Marion County Health and Human Services
Polk County Public Health

Mayor's message for April 24, 2020

Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett reports that generous cloth mask donations are helping make Salem safer, National Library Week spotlights the record number of e-book downloads and online library card registrations as the library continues to serve the public. Mentioned in the video:

Willamette Valley Hospice
South Salem Sewing Group & Friends
Salem Public Library

Mayor's message for April 17, 2020

Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett talks about resources available for residents currently in financial distress from Marion Polk Food Share and the new Alluvium Mobile Health Team, which will be providing home medical visits for people who aren't sick enough to need hospital care. He shared information about COVID-19 patient numbers at Salem Health. He also urges residents to keep wearing masks and maintaining social distance, because they are making a difference.

Mayor's message for April 10, 2020

Mayor Chuck Bennett reached out to Salem residents in this week's Mayor's COVID-19 Video, urging us to keep practicing social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions (also regular hand-washing; covering your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you sneeze or cough; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; staying home). He also praised the work of Salem Health and of Center 50+, the City's senior center, for helping to keep older residents fed and connected.

Mayor's message for April 3, 2020

The Mayor's Covid-19 Message Video acknowledges the people who are still out working on the front lines, such as the grocery store clerks, delivery truck drivers, first responders and hospital employees.

The Mayor encourages the public to continue to "stay home and stay safe," which helps to slow the spread of the virus.

He also spoke about the future and the efforts of the Mid-Valley Economic Recovery Team, the coordinated effort to plan for the economic recovery of local businesses involving many local organizations, including SEDCOR and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

Find the latest information about COVID-19 in Salem/Informacion mas reciente sobre COVID-19.

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