Salmon eager to help MW revitalize downtown district

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By Mallory Bilger

MOUNT WASHINGTON ee" As the city continues its work to revitalize Main Street, a person to manage those efforts has been named.

Mayor Joetta Calhoun recently introduced Dale J. Salmon to the city council as the Main Street Manager. Salmon has resided in the Mount Washington area for more than 20 years.

He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and in 2007 retired after 17 years at UPS where he served as Manager of Flight Simulators. While at UPS he was also heavily involved with Louisville’s Metro United Way campaign.

Salmon said since retiring had been looking for an employment opportunity that would provide community involvement while utilizing his professional experience.

“This kind of work has always interested me,” he said.

Mount Washington’s Beautification Committee has led the efforts to make Mount Washington part of the Kentucky Heritage Council’s Kentucky Main Street Program.

The program, among other things, would provide grant money and resources to revitalize the city on Old Bardstown Road from Highway 44 to Flat Lick Road while preserving any historical buildings and landmarks.

In order for the city to continue its application process for the program, it was required that it create the position for and hire a Main Street Manager. During budget time this year, the council allotted $50,000 for the project, which includes office expenses related to the project, Salmon's salary, health care and resources Salmon might need to perform his duties.

Calhoun told the council she felt that Salmon was the right applicant for the job.

“I feel he has the experience for him to hit the ground running,” she said.

In the coming months, Salmon will work with the Beautification Committee and Calhoun to plan the city’s beautification strategy and move forth with the Main Street program application.

“I think the timing of this initiative and the timing of the programs we can put in place really couldn’t come at a better time,” he said, noting that Main Streets across America were suffering from economic downturns.

Salmon has been married to his wife, Judi, for 28 years. Their daughter, Kaycee, is a 2000 Bullitt East graduate.