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The main switchboard at the Salem Memorial District Hospital is down. Call 729-5917 Ext: 1330 for URGENT CALLS ONLY.

The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday night at the City Hall Council Chambers. The board again heard from Stanford McNeal about the rezoning of the property a 307 N. McArthur. He stated that he thought this matter was resolved at the last meeting only to find that it had been put back on the agenda at the request of Alderman Jerry Randell. He again explained that changing the zoning would damage the historical value of the homes in the area, and that there was already a car lot for sale on Rolla Road if someone wanted to open a used car business. The board approved the bid from Cahill Construction Company for the CDBG grant for the Storm Water Infrastructure Improvement Project for $158,704.39 at the recommendation of Integrity Engineering, LLC. The board tabled employee health insurance bids until the next meeting after the presentation by City Administrator Clayton Lucas. The employee health plan is for 58 city employees and the current price is $551 per month for each employee. The proposed policy would be a dual option policy that would cost the city about $558 per employee per month with a $500 deductible and 100% coinsurance, plus life, dental and vision can be added to the policy for an additional cost. City Attorney William Camm Seay presented the results of the public hearing held prior to the board meeting concerning the “dangerous building” at 1201 South McArthur. The homeowner was present at the meeting but elected not to interview Building Inspector Bill Huffman. The building commissioner will make a decision on the property next week. Huffman then reported that the construction work crews were still doing concrete work on Park Street and he appreciated the general public staying off the road. City Administrator Clayton Lucas wanted to remind everyone that Relay for Life will be held on Friday, June 23rd from noon until midnight at the City Park. He also reported that the Salem Police Department will be reprogramming their radios to the narrowband frequencies on Wednesday and that includes the channel for the severe weather sirens. They will be tested sometime Wednesday. He also reported that the Salem City Pool is now open and family passes are available for $125 per family. Other passes are also available. Mayor Gary Brown reported that the Highway 32-72 East bridge over Spring Creek is now open. He also commented on how nice the Cedar Grove Cemetery looked for Memorial Day and he thanked all those who were involved in making that possible. The board approved Resolution 11-2012 that gave the mayor the authority to enter into an agreement with Cahill Construction Co. for the CDBG grant for the storm water infrastructure improvements, they approved Resolution #12-2012 between the City of Salem, Dent County and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce to maintain the salemmo.com website; but Bill #3256 to rezone 307 N. McArthur from residential to commercial was voted down 3-1 by the board. The board approved the Salem Police Department handbook with some corrections concerning wording about physicians. The board then went into closed session.

The Dent County Fire Protection District released several reports. On Monday, May 28th at 2:07 in the afternoon, seven personnel responded to a grass fire in Dent County on Highway 19 North in Salem. Three units arrived on scene at 2:45 to extinguish the fire and were back in service at 3:08. That same day at 5:57 in the evening, eight personnel were dispatched to Highway 19 South arriving at 6:20 for an incident that was determined to be a false alarm. All units were back in service at 6:20. Later that evening at 8:47, six personnel were called to County Road 3233 for a grass fire. Two units responded at 8:57 for extinguishment and were back in service at 9:39. On Saturday, June 2nd at 9:26 in the evening, six personnel were sent to assist the EMS crew by providing manpower. All units were back in service at 9:44.

An accident occurred at 6:40 Monday morning in Phelps County at the intersection of Routes K and ZZ. According to the highway patrol report, 32 year-old Wendy Sullins of Licking fell asleep while driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix, crossed the centerline, went off the roadway, and struck a tree. Sullins suffered moderate injuries and was transported to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center. The Pontiac sustained extensive damage but was left at the scene.

The public is invited to bring their ideas to an open house on Saturday, June 9th at the Montauk State Park near Salem. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the open house will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheater located in the park’s campground. In event of rain, the meeting will be moved to the J. Ben Searcy Building across the road from the park’s lodge. Recent accomplishments at the park and future plans will be highlighted during the informal meeting. Visitors will be invited to share comments on the park's goals and objectives. The open house is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input on facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites. Montauk State Park is located 22 miles southwest of Salem on Highway 119 in Dent County. People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling the park directly at 573-548-2201. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The Mark Twain National Forest will offer two days of free day use and two free nights of camping at seven campgrounds June 8-10, 2012. Free camping is being offered in unreserved campsites both Friday and Saturday nights, and free day use is being offered at unreserved sites Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, 2012. The free weekend is being offered in conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day and Missouri’s Free Fishing Days, which are celebrated on the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June. The free use is available in these local campgrounds and associated recreation areas: Lane Spring in Phelps County; Loggers Lake in Shannon County; and Watercress on the Current River in Carter County. Missouri’s Free Fishing Days were established as a way to encourage people to try fishing so they can find out, or rediscover, the enjoyment associated with fishing.

Sports [TOP]

Allen Craig's two-run homer in the eighth lifted the St. Louis Cardinals over the New York Mets, 5-4, in the finale of a four-game set at Citi Field. Craig finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored to help the Cardinals avoid the four-game sweep. Matt Holiday went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored for St. Louis, which halted a five-game skid. Kyle Lohse started the game and gave up one run on two hits while striking out three over six frames. Jason Motte earned his ninth save of the year after throwing 1 1/3 perfect innings. The Cards start a three-game series with the Astros tonight and you can hear it on KSMO at 6:30.

Josh Willingham homered and knocked in three runs as the Minnesota Twins hammered the Kansas City Royals, 10-7, in the opener of a three-game series Monday. Mike Moustakas had three hits, including a home run, two RBI and three runs scored for Royals, who lost for the second time in three games. Will Smith (1-2) was touched for seven runs on eight hits and two walks through 4 2/3 innings in defeat. The Royals and Twins play again tonight.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Kathryn Elaine Judd of Festus, age 65, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be today from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services for Cleda Lorene Lundy of Salem, age 87, will be Wednesday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Mildred Fanger of St. James, age 97, will be Wednesday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Meramec Hills Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

Funeral services for Virginia R. Roedemeier of Rolla, age 87, will be Wednesday at 11:00 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rolla. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 at the church. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Memorial services for Louis A. Wisdom of Salem, age 77, will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 at the First Baptist Church in Salem. A full military service will also be held at the church. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Nursery for children 2-3 years old. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 80.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 58.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 81.
Wednesday night..Cloudy, low of 57.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 83.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 60.
Friday..Sunny, high of 86.
Friday night..Clear, low of 63.

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