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The City of Salem Board of Aldermen met Monday evening in the city hall council chambers. At the meeting, the board heard from Ron Houston about the constant burning of leaves and trash at 1102 South McArthur that ruined his limo top and that also has damaged vehicles on his business premises. He was asking if anything could be done to help. City Attorney Mark Weaver stated that a nuisance violation could be issued to stop the excessive burning. The board approved the bid from Roland Equipment for a Ham HD13 asphalt roller for $33,900 with a budget adjustment of $1,900. The money will come from CART tax revenues. The board also approved the bid of $1,413.31 from Scotts Printing in Rolla for 10,000 city information brochures. After the consent agenda, City Clerk Mary Happel reported on her training at the Spring Institute for City Clerks. She is now on the Finance and Budget Committee, the Membership Committee and the Scholarship Committee as well as being on the executive board of city clerks. Alderman McDaniels asked if a list of streets that have been swept could be provided in the consent agenda and Street Superintendent Benny Bryson said that would be no problem. The City Economic Development Director Sharon Tubbs addressed the board about a proposed second Town Hall meeting to be held on April 23rd at 7:00 at the Bank of Salem Courtesy Room. She reminded the board that the city-wide yard sale would be held May 5th, and informed them that the website committee is currently working on improving the city of Salem website. Mayor Gary Brown told the board that Fidelity Cablevision is in the process of installing 22 amplifiers to their system and the city electrical crews were helping them hook up electric meters to the amps. Brown said that the topography map was in for the soccer field area and copies of the map will be distributed to help with the layout of the complex. He said that the old playground equipment was being removed at the city park and the old pool filter will be removed this week. He said that crews will be building a pavilion at the pool, and that electrical work needs to be done for the scoreboards at city park and at Al Brown for the lift station. He also said the Doe Run has agreed to purchase the third scoreboard for the city park baseball fields. Brown reported that seeding will be going on at the city park fields and at Al Brown, and the light covers will be put on the lights at the Salem Freedom Activity Center. The board approved Bill #3093 that amends Ordinance # 3090 concerning sewer rates outside the city limits. Section 2a of the Ordinance was amended to read a base rate of $4.57 with a usage rate of $1.16 per 1000 gallons or water, and Section 2b was amended to have a base rate of $9.10 with a usage rate of $1.16 per 1000 gallons of water. The board postponed any action on increasing the pool rates as Parks and Recreation Director Greg Nash was not in attendance. The board then went into closed session.

Sports   [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers opened the 2007 season with a 15-2 win over the Willow Springs Bears in the pre-season SCA Tournament. Salem had seven hits to go along with nine Willow Springs’ errors. Matt Whitaker had three RBI while Grant Gordon and C.J. Smith each had two RBI. Whitaker started for Salem and struck out seven in five innings, the Grant Gordon came on in the final two innings and struck out six. Salem will play at home in the semi-final Thursday afternoon at 4:00 against the winner of the Mountain Grove-Cabool game.

The St. Louis Blues will return to action tonight at the Scottrade Center against the Ottawa Senators starting at 7:00 tonight. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

The Blues have called up defenseman Tomas Mojzis under emergency conditions from Peoria for the game tonight. The Blues lost defensemen Bryce Salvadore for the season with a broken clavicle.

The Cardinals had the day off yesterday and they will be back in action tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The game will NOT be heard on KSMO. The Cardinals are 11-6-2 in the preseason so far this year.

The Cardinals have announced that outfielder Juan Encarnacion will miss the season opener with a wrist injury and his return is unknown at this point. Center fielder Jim Edmonds will also miss the beginning of the season recovering from surgery on his big toe.

Ross Gload went 2-for-4 with a home run, as the Kansas City Royals scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to down the Chicago White Sox, 4-3, in Cactus League action. Mike Sweeney added an RBI double while Ken Ray picked up the win after tossing 1 1/3 frames of no-run, one-hit ball for the Royals. The Royals are 9-10 during the spring this year.

NHL Scores:

Vancouver 2, Edmonton 1
NY Rangers 2, Pittsburgh 1

NBA Scores:

Atlanta 99, Sacramento 76
New Orleans/Ok City 106, Boston 88

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Fay D. Tarvid of Salem will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Funeral services for Charles Christian Stewart of Salem, age 80, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Empire Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Stewart family of the Empire Cemetery.

Funeral services for Ruby La Vina Barton of Rolla, age 84, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the Sillin Funeral Home in Lyons, Kansas. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association. All arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary of Rolla and Sillin Funeral Home of Lyons, Kansas.

Funeral Services for Billie Lee Goins of Licking, age 78, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the Fox Funeral Home in Licking.  Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00.  Interment will be in the Williams Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Williams Cemetery.

Funeral Services for Ollie June Chrisco of Bunker, age 85, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Crossville Baptist Church in Bunker.  Visitation will be Wednesday night from 6:00 to 8:00.  Interment will be in the Crossville Cemetery in Bunker.  Memorials may be made to the Crossville Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary of Salem.

A Memorial Service for Craig Elliott Manning of Rolla, age 58, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary of Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Services for Devon Lee Morrison of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, age 2 months, are incomplete at this time.  All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Weather [TOP]

Today....Mostly cloudy wth a 60% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 58.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 50% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 54.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy and windy with a 40% chance for showers, high of 75.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy and windy, low of 58.

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