The 9th Annual Salem Super Cruise was a big success and none of the 30 people attending a debriefing meeting at city hall on Wednesday disagreed.
There were a complaints, mostly about closing down Penn Avenue early, diesel-truck smoke and unruly motorists and a couple of suggestions but after the concessions, parking, entertainment, autocross and advertising were reviewed, Service Safety Director Ken Kenst said he was looking forward to next year.
Kenst presented two suggestions he had been given, one that would move the event to Father's Day weekend which is different each year.
"No," he said, explaining that concessions and vendors set their calendars for the same weekends annually.
A suggestion to form a mayoral-appointed commission was aired. Kenst said that would have to go through the administration while adding, "we enjoy running it."
Kenst said advertisers and sponsors did a great job and having radio station K-105 increased interest in the vent.
There were 15,000 copies of the Super Cruise brochure printed with 55 advertisers, he said, the most ever, and he was concerned about possibly losing Ron Waite, who handled the advertising for the past two years.
Gene Johnson, organizer of the Arby's Cruisin' Crew that managed the show-car parking, wanted to move the show-car lot from East Second Street to South Broadway. Kenst suggested moving it as far south as Aetna Street, but Johnson said DiRienzo's was far enough.
Long-time Super Cruise backer Jim Bonfert wondered about buying more advertising.
"We don't do any advertising other than the media coming to us," he said, "just an idea."
Mick Orosz, the concession committee director, was concerned about vendors at the Second Street show-car lot and while noting Friday's rain didn't help.
But overall, he said the vendors "were happy."
One vendor, Orosz related, who had worked in Boardman and Canfield car cruises years ago said "Salem is the perfect place" for them.
Jennifer Brown of the Salem Beatification Committee questioned parking being taken away from downtown businesses and wondered if there could be a compromise.
"We bring all this business downtown and take away their parking," she said.
Kim Bailey said all the restaurants did well and Kenst said that it was up to the businesses in town, "with all the thousands of people," to find a way to use the cruise to their advantage.
Sam Sicilia, who assisted with advertising, said there are more groups wanting to become involved while noting that having K-105 appear "was a big hit."
He said, "I know that brought in a lot of ads."
Cara Milhoan, with the Salem Perry Township Crime Watch, said kids in trucks were passing and running up on curbs and wondered about detouring them.
Kenst said the police issued a lot of citations including one for speeding on the overpass for a driver clocked at 73 mph.
Kenst said the city only has four cruisers and Johnson said they aren't needed on the east end. Bonfert suggested impounding cars of lawbreakers.
"If they were peeling tires and caught right away, they were cited," Kenst said, "no warnings."
Bailey cautioned about overdoing enforcement, noting it is a "big event." She didn't want Salem to acquire the same reputation Boardman and Canfield had when the event was there.
Smoke from diesel trucks, dogs and bikes were discussed and Kenst pointed out that for having over 20,000 people in town things went well.
Dom Righetti, who founded the Super Cruise Autocross with his father, Mark, said the event's new venue at the high school lot worked out great.
And finally, Kenst said Salem police were chasing down leads on the imposter who claimed the event was canceled.
The next cruise meeting will be in January.