Super 8 Honored

Randy Bumgardner representing Salina’s Super 8 Motel was honored as the Salina City Business of the Quarter at the Salina City Council meeting held Wednesday, September 22, 2021 for their service to the community.

              “Randy at the Super 8 has been a big supporter of the community,” said Mayor Jed Maxwell. “He’s heavily involved in the Chamber and has been a big help during the balloon festival and other city events; they’re willing to step up whenever called upon and we’re grateful for your support of Salina City.”

              Malcolm Nash, Sevier County Economic Director, also visited the meeting and presented the results of a marketing study of Salina City’s Industrial Park.

              “It’s amazing the attention to detail that has been put into this study,” said Maxwell. “This is just what Salina needs. Any questions anyone wants to ask is in there.”

              Nash agreed and said the Seven County Coalition, who paid for the study, certainly got their money’s worth as it is an invaluable resource.  He said going forward the city/county can’t just sit on the information; they’re going to work hard to market the area and now have concrete information on what the park has to offer.

              A separate article on the marketing study will be contained in a future edition of the Salina Sun and once available, will be posted on the county’s website, Salina’s, and

              Planning and Zoning Chairman Kelly Laier asked for the council’s approval of the Sunset West Subdivision’s final plans.  He said they meet all the ordinance requirements and have done a great job in meeting necessary objectives.  The subdivision was granted permission to begin phase 1.
              There was discussion on a new ordinance for the Industrial Park dealing with car washes and storage units being recommended as secondary businesses for properties there.  The ordinance has been drafted and council members are taking the proposal into consideration.

              Maintenance Supervisors Brad Allen and Roger Brazell discussed the purchase of updated water meters and introduced the possibility of citizens paying an additional charge up front with a new meter which would include the personal usage of an app.  New technology has provided the potential opportunity for individual citizens to see exactly how much water is being used and other pertinent information, leaks could quickly be discovered, and excess charges could be avoided. 

              They also reported that there is a problem in town with non-metered water being used from a fire hydrant.  Several problem areas have been contained with locks, but citizens are asked to stop by the city for a key and a meter- water is available, but it must be taken the right way.  Criminal charges can and will be filed for offenders. Reports must be filed with government entities for municipal water usage, and it is vital the reporting requirements are met.  When water is taken, these critical measurements cannot be properly recorded, and the city faces detrimental repercussions.

              Councilman Newell Hales publicly thanked citizens who participated in the 9/11 Day of Service and reported on their success.  Trash was collected on freeway ramps and several trees were planted at the city park.

              Councilman Jon Maxwell reported on the North Sevier Recreation Board, saying the wrestling and basketball signups will begin soon and volleyball, football and soccer programs are underway with good community support.  Arts/crafts and cooking classes are being offered by Heather Parsons and Whitney Hampton is offering an early morning pilates class at the center.  Several new machines were purchased for the weight room, and bids will soon go out for fending around the new outdoor park area.  Brady Edwards, director of NS Recreation, has purchased new power poles to be erected around the center, and the board will be meeting twice each month for the foreseeable future to plan and carry out progress at the new city park.   

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