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The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday evening in the city hall council chambers. At the meeting, the board heard from City Engineer Bill Huffman about engineering qualifications to apply for a CDBG grant to address the storm water issues at the Housing Development between Third Street and Route J. Huffman said that the logical choice would be Integrity Engineering of Rolla as they have already been involved with the project, but he doesn’t think that they have the whole solution to the problem. The city agreed to select Integrity Engineering as the firm they will work with. Now the city must determine the scope that they will be involved in the matching process of the grant and negotiate the fees. Mayor Gary Brown went over the bids received from Collection Agencies to collect overdue utility bills. He recommended Regional Credit Services out of Washington, Missouri, as they already work locally with the Bank of Salem and Progressive Ozark Bank. Their fees are 30% for the initial filing, 30% for the second filings and 50% if the matter goes to court. The board agreed with his recommendation and the matter to use their services will be put on the next agenda in the form of an ordinance. Mayor Brown reported on the outstanding turnout for the Road Rally in Salem Saturday morning and night. He also said that he attended meetings in Rolla with Alderman Kenneth Nash about electrical services and met with Westar and MoPep about them providing services, but nothing solid has been formed. Brown said that the city received the bill from the state auditor for the audit for $30,000, and received a check from SEMA for $62,000 for storm damages. He also said that he attended a Delta Regional Authority grant meeting in the hopes of getting some grant money to find a new well for the bio-mass process. Alderman Kenneth Nash asked if the gas pump at the airport is working yet and Street Superintendent Bennie Bryson said that it is almost ready for the public. Nash also mentioned that there is another problem with the 70-foot bucket truck again and that the city has already put over $10,000 into the truck for repairs. The board may have to look at getting a different truck in the next budget. The board approved bill #3191 that amend Ordinance #3168 and 3176 concerning the budget for the City of Salem, increasing the revenues by $117,469 and increasing the expenses by $109,811. The board also approved Bill #3192 that allows the 2010 Show Me Green Sales Tax Holiday on certain Energy Star appliance purchases between April 19th and April 25th as Mayor Brown had to break a 2-2 tie. After the bills were approved, the meeting was adjourned.

The National Forest Service will be hosting an educational meeting Wednesday morning at 9:00 at the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center for those who wish to bid on the removal of timber from the May 8th storm from National Forest Service lands. This is NOT a typical sale of excess lumber. Specialists and sales prep personnel will be on hand to answer questions about the timber, some of which is under tremendous stress and pressure. There will be handouts and maps for those interested in bidding, and there will be instruction on how to bid, as well as the specifics to the contract. The timber to be removed is 300 feet off either side of the roads to be presented at the meeting. If you are interested in bidding, you MUST get on the bidders list. The Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center is located at 202 South Main, next to the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center. For more information about the sale, becoming a bidder or the meeting, please contact the Forest Service at 729-6656.

The opening day of trout season saw over 2,000 fishermen, women and children take their turn at catching their limit of trout at Montauk State Park. As of 4:00 Monday, there were 1,874 adults tags sold and 165 kids tags sold with a total of 46 lunkers being brought to the scales. The largest trout caught this opening day belonged to Jim Lawang, Jr. of St. Charles who reeled in an 8-pound, 14-ounce rainbow. The next largest lunker belonged to Dennis Martin of Dardenne Prarie, Missouri, as he brought in a 6- pound, 11-ounce rainbow. Will Eggert of Montauk caught a 6-pound, 9-ounce rainbow to have the largest fish caught by someone in the local area. The largest fish caught by a woman was Valere Friz of St. Louis who hauled in a 4- pound, 7-ounce rainbow. Governor Jay Nixon was in attendance for the sounding of the siren to kick off another trout season.

The Dent County Fire Protection District Board of Directors will conduct their monthly meeting on tonight at the fire station beginning at 6:00 pm. After approval of the agenda and a review of the minutes from the last meeting, the Board will address bills, conduct a budget review and address the reimbursement report. In new business the Board discuss usage of the district facilities followed by reports from Chief Brad Nash on the officers replacement progress and the 100-Acre Wood Rally. The regular monthly meeting of the Dent County Fire Protection District Board of Directors is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

There will be a Powder Puff Football Fundraiser for the “S” Club Scholarship Fund at the Salem High School Gymnasium this Thursday night starting at 6:00. The first game will feature the sophomores taking on the juniors, with the winner of that game facing the seniors for this year’s bragging rights. Admission is $1.00 per person. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Missouri Basketball Tigers will take on Iowa State tonight starting at 6:30 on KSMO Radio. Missouri enters the game with a 21-8 record and 9-5 in the Big 12 conference.

The St. Louis Blues end their long Olympic hiatus and resume play tonight on the road at Phoenix as they take on the Coyotes. Game time is 8:00 and KSMO will join the game in progress after the Missouri basketball game. The Blues had won their last three games going into the Olympic break.

St. Louis Blues have acquired goaltender Joe Fallon from Chicago in exchange for goaltender Hannu Toivonen and defenseman Danny Richmond.

The Kansas City Royals agreed to terms on one-year contracts with catcher Brayan Pena and infielder Chris Getz.

The Salem High School Winter Sports Banquet will be held on Tuesday, March 9th at 6:30 at the Salem High School Cafeteria for the Boys and Girls varsity and JV basketball teams, the cheerleaders and the parents of those who participated.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Opal Swyers of Steelville, age 93, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Cherryville Baptist Cemetery in Cherryville.

Funeral services for William “Bill” Benjamin Nash Sr. of Salem, age 53, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grover Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the family for funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Zander Charles Head of Salem, age 5 months, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Funeral services for Jeffery Elmer of Salem, age 51, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 with a Masonic Service at 7:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy this morning, then becoming partly sunny this afternoon, high near 40.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 25.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy, high of 42.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 22.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high around 50.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low of 26.

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