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The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday night at the City Hall Council Chambers. The Board accepted the low bid from their current carrier, Cintas, for employee uniforms for the next year; accepted the high bid from Steve Parker of $500 for salvage metal located at the old City Landfill, accepted the high bid from Schwartz Salvage for $1,867.45 for a 1995 Chevy 3/4 ton pickup, accepted the high bid from Bill Huffman of $1,234.56 for a 1998 Ford F-150 4x4, and declined selling the 1993 CAT 70 foot bucket truck at the request of City Administrator Clayton Lucas who said that the city electric crews could still use it this year. The public hearing of the Planning & Zoning Board scheduled for March 19th was not held, as they did not have a quorum. The meeting will be rescheduled. Lucas reported that Freddie Whitaker, Jr. wanted to donate a new sound system for the city hall auditorium that would cost him about $4,000 and he would install it. Lucas said that the agreement for the donation would be put in writing and he was allowed to follow through with the request. Lucas also discussed the current bag and limb pickup policy in the city, and the board is going to discuss it further at the next meeting. Alderman Jerry Randell wanted the police to check the speeding traffic on Mildred and Roosevelt, and also wanted the safety officer to check for stop signs at Mildred and Roosevelt. Alderman Kenneth Nash asked about an assistant city clerk and city treasurer but was told by City Attorney Camm Seay that the two positions could not be combined and that hiring a city treasurer is not in the current budget. The city though will begin the search for an assistant city clerk. Alderman Philip Giacomelli asked that a sign be put up behind the Christian Church on Fifth Street where children play as police cars are often traveling down that street. Mayor Gary Brown said that the city would have representatives at the Salem Business Expo this Saturday from 9:00 until noon, and that the Rolla Recycling Center will be accepted tires for free from residents on Saturday from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM. He also said that the Salem Fitness Center had 1,876 visitors in February and the TCRC had another 1,154 people use their facility. The board approved Bill 3251 that amended an ordinance that would allow the city to recoup costs of using a taser through a fee that would be added to a persons fine, and the board approved Bill 3252 that created an ordinance allowing for the automatic increase or decrease in local electric rates as the rates of their wholesale supplier would increase or decrease. City Clerk Mary Happel was given authorization by the board to move forward in developing tougher standards for peddlers in the city like background checks, photo Ids, and an enforcement provision. The board will discuss the possibility of developing an ordinance to ban over the counter sales of ephedrine or pseudophederine at the next meeting. The board then went into closed session to discuss real estate, litigation and personnel. In closed session the Board of Alderman voted to extend the contract of City Administrator Clayton Lucas for three years.

Cindy Rumpf, Superintendent of the Salem R-80 School District was recently honored by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA). In recognition of her service to education and participation in her professional organization. MASA presented Rumpf with an Honorary Life Membership in the association. This special recognition of her dedication to public education was made during the awards banquet at the MASA Spring Conference on Wednesday, March 21st at the Lodge of Four Season at Lake Ozark.

Sports [TOP]

Andrew Conaway had three RBI and pitched four hitless and scoreless innings as Salem defeated the Licking Wildcats, 10-6. Lane Stluka had two RBI for Salem as they blew a 4-0 lead after two innings only to rally to tie the game in the 4th inning and take the lead in the fifth inning. Licking scored all six of their runs in the third inning helped by three Salem Tiger errors. Ben Denbow had two hits and two RBI for the Wildcats. Salem is 3-2 on the year and they will host Potosi on Thursday starting at 4:30. 

The Salem golf team won their first match of the year with a four score total of 184. Houston was second with a 185, Licking 3rd with a 197, and then Steelville with a 245. Salem scores were Alan Benowitz with a 43; Ben Adams, Adam Wood, and Dylan Sisco all with a 47; and C.J. Davison with a 50, which didn't count toward the overall total. 

Brian Elliott made 24 saves to earn his third straight shutout and his league-leading ninth of the year as the St. Louis Blues downed the Nashville Predators, 3-0, at Scottrade Center. Jamie Langenbrunner celebrated his 1,100th career game with a goal, while David Perron and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Blues, who improved to 30-4-4 at home on the season to set a new franchise mark in home victories. The Blues play the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

Eric Hosmer belted two home runs and finished with four RBI as the Kansas City Royals edged the Milwaukee Brewers, 9-7, in Cactus League action on Tuesday. Yuniesky Betancourt, Mike Moustakas, and Max Ramirez each hit home runs for the Royals and starter Bruce Chen picked up the win after tossing six-plus innings while giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out six. The Royals play Texas tonight.

The Cardinals were off yesterday but will play the Detroit Tigers this afternoon at 12:05.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Lucille Geneva Teague of Salem, age 90, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Stone Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Stone Hill Cemetery.

Funeral services for Ruby Helen Graham of Steelville, age 74, will be held today at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Martin Cemetery in Steelville.

Memorial services for Wilson Preston Woolsey of Rolla, age 68, will be held Thursday at 7:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 5:00 until service time. Memorials are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans.

Funeral services for Kurtis Terrill Lambiel of Rolla, age 77, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the First Assembly of God Church in Rolla. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla with a Masonic service at 7:00. Interment will be in the Ozark Hills Memorial Gardens with full military honors. Memorials may be made to the Missouri Veterans Home.

Funeral services for Jessie Stella (Jackie) Hutson of Salem, age 101, will be Saturday at 3:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Freeman Cemetery in Cherryville. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the Meals on Wheels or the Senior Center, both of Salem.

Virginia Lorine Shelton passed away March 28th in Salem. Miss Shelton was cremated and there will be a Memorial Service at a later date. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Sunny with a 30% chance of showers, high of 79.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 40% chance of showers, low of 55.
Thurday..Partly sunny, high of 76.
Thursday night.. Cloudy, low of 58.
Friday..Partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers, high of 76.
Friday night Cloudy with a 50% chance of showers, low of 57.

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