Welcome from the Mayor
Greetings! It is my privilege to welcome you to the City of Siloam Springs.
Whether you are planning to visit or relocate here, or you are one of our current residents, there are many amenities that attract people to the community.
Our strong, local government provides City-owned electric services, water and wastewater facilities, bi-weekly trash pick up, and recycling and sustainability collaborations that have brought us awards for our environmental stewardship.
The City operates a public library, a 32-acre cemetery, and a parks and recreation department with numerous events and activities throughout the year.
Fire, Police, and EMS are actively engaged in the community. The Police Department recently added two new school resource officers; residents appreciate the benefits received from our fire protection rating.
I am honored to serve as your Mayor and welcome your comments and suggestions.
Mayor John Mark Turner
2013 Letter from Mayor Turner in the Annual Report:
What a great year it has been in Siloam Springs. It has truly been my pleasure to serve the residents, businesses, and visitors as Mayor of this great City. We have much to be proud of as we look back on 2013 and many people to thank. It is remarkable the progress this City has made in the last decade, from the sale of the hospital to CHS to the progress made to beautify Sager Creek. Being born and raised in Siloam Springs, I take special pride in the accomplishments and undertakings of this town. Residents and business owners have come together to accomplish some enormous tasks. This community has been successful in venturing several public-private partnerships, something that not every City can boast. We should all be pleased with the accessbility of our leaders, and I hope that I can continue to foster resident relations.
Please allow me to state my appreciation to the Board of Directors, City Administrator and City employees. It has been an honor to serve our community alongside you. You all work extremely hard and love Siloam Springs like I do- wanting it to progress and become an even better community. It is with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to a great City leader and dear friend this year, Director James Fuller. His service to the City was remarkable and we should all strive to follow his example.
My work over the year has been incredibly satisfying. I’m proud to be working with mayors of other Northwest Arkansas cities to create an atmosphere of cooperation. It has been an honor to represent the City of Siloam Springs on the Arkansas Municipal League’s advisory and resolution committees, to sit among wise leaders on the Benton County Intergovernmental Board and the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council. I also relish my role among the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors by reporting the latest City projects and news.
As we look forward to 2014, know that the path has been laid for significant progress, improvement and project success. The addition of the Siloam Springs Whitewater Recreation Park, future south-side park and Sager Creek Soccer Complex will be excellent economic development tools. Additionally, the community will be able to enjoy these new amenities and attract tourists. We will continue to work toward connectivity with trails and sidewalks, a project that is of special importance to me.
This City’s employees and leaders have always looked at agenda items in a non-biased way, always asking, “Is this the best thing for the City”? Great strides have been made in transparency of both the Board of Directors and City staff. With that in mind, we’d like to thank you for trusting your leaders to follow through with the reallocation of the one-cent sales tax. Your vote has allowed our public safety departments and street department to refocus the outlook of capital improvements. Over the next few years, some major improvements will be implemented that would not have been possible otherwise.
Thank you again for allowing me to serve the City of Siloam Springs as Mayor. It is not a title or position I take lightly and will continue to help all residents, businesses, employees and directors achieve greatness. Here’s to 2014!