Roth’s Community Room was buzzing with energy as the first WSNA meeting of the year kicked off in grand style. The room was packed, and the agenda was filled with an array of guest speakers. A full accounting of the meeting will be posted on our website soon, but we wanted to share a few highlights.

Police Report: Sergeant Asey of the Salem Police Department kicked off the meeting with a plethora of updates, but for West Salemites, one of the most alarming messages he delivered was about the rise of mailbox thefts in our area. We’re all acutely aware of the brazen “porch pirates” but may forget how susceptible our locked mailboxes can be. He presented some eye-popping statistics, then offered some simple ways we can help combat this offence:

  • Pick up your mail promptly after delivery.
  • Don’t leave mail in your box overnight. Ask a friend or neighbor to pick it up for you.
  • Put a hold on your mail when you go out of town.
  • Report all suspected mail theft to your Postal Inspector AND local police.

Land Use: Jorge Brambila, a long-time WS resident and business owner, presented a proposal to build a mixed-use apartment complex at 415 Moyer Lane (next to Victorico’s off Wallace Road). The project is still in the initial stages (no application has been filed yet), but Jorge wanted to introduce the proposal now, in order to solicit input from WS neighbors as he continues to develop his plan. This is Jorge’s first development project, and he is very mindful of the neighborhood and community. The owner of La Hacienda Mexican restaurant, and a family man from the WS community, his plan evolves around affordability levels, neighborhood needs, ADA requirements, green space, and traffic and parking safety issues. His plan is to build a 3-story, 23-unit apartment complex with small retail units on the bottom level that would provide services to the development and to the WS neighborhood at large. Jorge received a round of applause from the WSNA crowd. We’ll be looking forward to hearing more from him as his plans develop.

Please visit our website at for more information from the February meeting: Salem Police Department, Councilor Micki Varney, Journeys Larry Dillenbeck, Ellen Stevens and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and the Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan Update.

  • Next meeting: March 7th at 6:30 PM at Roths in West Salem. The Community Room, located upstairs, is accessible by stairs and elevator.
  • April Meeting Reminder: Scheduled for April 4th at 6:30 at Capital Manor. More information is coming soon!