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The Salem Board of Aldermen held a meeting Friday morning at the city hall council chambers. At the meeting after the consent agenda was approved, Mayor Gary Brown said that the suggested capital improvements for each department has been submitted totaling $1,208,706. This included the replacement of nine water lines and four sewer lines, the purchase of a new sewer video camera, a new sewer machine and roof for the sewer sludge drying area. It also included four Explorers for the Police Department as well as a copy machine and base radio; a new tree trimming truck for the Electric Department as well as portable light stands and four new chainsaws, and the paving of four streets. Also submitted was the development of the soccer fields, work on the blue field dugout at the City Park Fields, batting cages and new fencing at the Al Brown Fields for the Park and Recreation Department. Brown said that the paving of the streets would come to $122,400 and would be paid for by the CART taxes that are collected and that would reduce the capital improvements to $1,086,306. He said that budget meetings would begin the week of June 21st. He also said that the current health coverage from United Health Care Plan 0308 for the city employees would rise from $523.13/ per month per employee to $601.60 per month per employee. Instead of using that plan, Brown said that he is going to use the UHC plan B3S for the budget and that would come to $575.01 per month per employee. He said that next year the city would look at starting a health savings account for the employees. Brown further reported that health benefits may be taxable next year to the employee or employer with the new federal health insurance law, but no one is absolutely sure. The mayor said he asked that department heads reduce the budgets 5% from last year’s figures. In the Mayor’s Moments, Brown reported the water Quality Report for the year 2009 came back and the there were no violations from the water tests and the wells all tested fine. He said that the city worked on the Hunt Street sidewalk and culvert project and put in three new culverts at Henderson, Washington and McArthur Streets. He said that a water line still needs to be replaced and they will video the sanitation sewer line under the road before it is all paved over. The mayor reported that he and Alderman Brad Nash met with Interop Solutions about interoperable communications between the city, fire department and county and there are a lot of things he likes about the program they have available. Brown said that nine people have submitted their name to be considered when the board decides to fill the vacant chair left by the passing of Alderman Jim Jackson. City Attorney Nanci Wisdom said that the city would be responding to the lawsuit filed that alleges the city is violating the Hancock Amendment by using excessive utility rates to fund non-utility related city expenses. She said the answers will be submitted in the appropriate manner. The board approved Bill #3198 that allows the mayor to sign an agreement with the Dent County Museum for the city to provide $300 a year to help cover operating expenses. The board approved a budget adjustment of $17,398 from the Capital Improvement Fund – Soccer Fields to the Street Department – Backhoe that became necessary after the board purchased a backhoe for the Street Department on March 15th. After the bills were approved, the meeting was adjourned.

An accident occurred at 10:50 Saturday night in Dent County on Dent County Road 5450 about five miles south of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 2009 Polaris ATV driven by 15-year old Vito Mangogna of Salem, failed to negotiate a curve, overturned, and ejected a passenger, 15-year old Wesley Rushing of Salem. Rushing suffered minor injuries and was taken by Salem EMS to the Salem Memorial District Hospital. The Polaris ATV sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene.

Contractor crews recently completed a surface-leveling project on Route 32 in Dent County, from Route 72 to Route P. The project included the replacement of curb ramps for sidewalks, which meets Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards. The completed project provides area residents with a smoother driving surface, and new walkways. For additional information regarding this or other transportation-related topics, call the MoDOT Customer Service Center toll free, at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). 

Sports [TOP]

The Alice Lou Craig Municipal Pool is now open according to Mayor Gary Brown Friday at the Board of Aldermen meeting. The public pool hours are from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturdays and admission is $2 for all ages. Special uses of the pool include pool parties, aquatic aerobics and swimming lessons. Pool parties will be offered every night at a flat fee of $150 for two hours, regardless of the number in attendance. Aquatic aerobics for adults will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. weekdays and from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays with a daily cost of $2.00. Swimming lessons for individuals will be offered from June 21 to July 2, and from July19th to July 30th. Call the pool for more information about the level of swimming and cost at 729-6228. The pool season will continue through August 13.

Colby Rasmus finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored as St. Louis pounded Cincinnati, 12-4, in the opener of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. Matt Holliday, Felipe Lopez, Ryan Ludwick and Skip Schumaker each drove in a pair of runs for the Cardinals, who have won four of five thanks to season- highs in runs and hits. Jaime Garcia (5-2) picked up the win after allowing seven hits and three runs over six full frames. The Cards and Reds play again tonight at 6:55 starting with the Dugout Show on KSMO.

Ervin Santana pitched a solid seven innings while Mike Napoli and Howie Kendrick drove in two runs each, as the Angels opened up a season-long 14-game road trip with a 7-1 win over Kansas City. Kansas City's Luke Hochevar (5-3) lasted seven innings and gave up five runs on nine hits. He struck out seven and walked two in taking the loss to halt a two-start win streak. Alberto Callaspo had three of the eight hits for Kansas City. The Royals and Angels play again tonight.

The Salem Lady Tiger Softball Summer Camp will he held July 12th thru 15th and July 19th thru 22nd from 8:00 am to 11:00 am for girl's entering 9th through 12 grades and from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm for girl's entering 6th through 8th grades. The Salem Lady Tiger Softball Summer Camp will be held at the blue field next to the old armory, the cost is $20 per camper and each camper will receive a camp T-shirt. Anyone interested needs to call Coach Davison.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Rev. Joseph Bailey of Rolla, formerly of Steelville, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Chapel in Steelville. Interment will be in the Upper Indian Creek cemetery in Viburnum.

Funeral services for Hubert Pearson of Newburg, age 80, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Rolla Chapel of James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 today.

Funeral services for Leonard William 'Cody" Henson of Newburg, age 20, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Rolla Chapel of the James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Funeral services for William Maxwell “Max” Voight of Rolla, age 86, will be held Thursday at 4:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 3:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Rolla with Full Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the Veterans Organizations of your choice.

A Memorial services for Mike Sankovitch formerly of Salem will be held Saturday night at 7:00 at the Sacred Heart Church in Salem.

Funeral services for Raymond Edward Gustin of Salem, age 73, will be held at a later date. Memorials contributions may be made to the Riverways Pregnancy Center. All the arrangements are under the direction of Wilson Mortuary

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy with isolated showers, high of 88.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low near 70.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy with a 20% chance for afternoon showers, high near 90.
Wednesday night..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for thunderstorms, low of 66.
Thursday..Cloudy early with a 40% chance for rain, high of 82.

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