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The City of Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday night at the city hall council chambers. The board heard from Dennis Schafer about non-local vendors coming to town and selling their product for a short duration and then leaving town again. City Attorney Mark Weaver basically stated that if the business has a state sales tax license and a property owner will lease them space, then they qualify for a merchant’s license from the city. The board then approved the bid from Hogan’s Painting and Sandblasting from Van Buren for $53,280 with a budget adjustment of $3,280 for the over-budgeted amount. The board also approved to pay $6,500 from the Federal Home Loan Fund and from the economic development budget for the development of the new website of www.salemmo.com in cooperation with the Salem Chamber of Commerce and Dent County. The money is to pay for the city’s portion of the web developer, Phil Schmidt and Company. Economic Development Director Sharon Tubbs then explained the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the new website at www.salemmo.com and the responsibilities of the county, city and the chamber. Mayor Gary Brown then reported that the city had received from MODoT the information they needed to annex the right-of –way along Highway 72 and the required actions the city would need to take. Alderman Jim McDaniels is again asking everyone to help in trying to hold down the mosquito population by getting rid of any standing water on their property. McDaniels said that he was going to meet with Gary Larson from the Dent County Fair Board to discuss the contract for the Independence Day activities. Alderman Mike Whitley asked about the isolated incidents of high zinc levels at Heartland Metal that were corrected within the allotted 10 days by ordinance, but wondered if that was too much time to allow them to correct the problem or if there should be no tolerance. Since Water and Sewer Superintendent Jack Emory was not at the meeting, the question will be postponed until the next meeting. Mayor Gary Brown said that the police department did a traffic survey on Pershing for speeding and stop sign violations and found that persons traveled anywhere from 18 to 29 miles per hour, and 33 people out of 43 made complete stops. The police department also conducted a sobriety checkpoint for two hours on Friday night at the roadside park on Highway 19 for southbound traffic only and stopped 133 vehicles and made no arrests and issued no summons. Mayor Brown said that the street department continues to get streets ready for paving and that another budget meeting will be held at 4:00 today. The board then approved Bill #3100 that allowed the mayor to execute an agreement with the County of Dent and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce for the new website after the agreement is reviewed by City Attorney Mark Weaver. The board also approved Resolution #2-2007 that gives formal authorization to make an application to the DREAM initiative program sponsored by the Department of Economic Development. City Attorney Mark Weaver then reported that three trailer court license applications and 12 liquor license applications were in order and the board approved them for the next fiscal year. One trailer court application had not yet been received. After approving the bills, the board went into closed session.

The City of Salem is now looking for food vendors, crafters, flea markets and yard sales for the July 4th activities to be held at the Commons. There is no set-up fee. The July 4th activities are being sponsored by the City of Salem and for more information call 729-4811.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce announces the annual Independence Day Parade will take place on July 4, 2007 at 5:00 pm. The parade theme is “A Star Spangled Celebration”. Military personnel will serve as the Grand Marshals. The Chamber asks everyone planning to participate in the event to enter by Wednesday, June 27th. Entry forms are available at the Chamber office, and can be filled out in the office or called in at 729-6900. The route will be from the old festival grounds to the courthouse. The Chamber will award $100 to the best commercial and non-commercial entry in the parade.

Sports   [TOP]

Odalis Perez got payback for his setback to Adam Wainwright's gem last week, tossing six solid innings in Kansas City's 5-3 victory over St. Louis in the first installment of a three-game interleague series. Perez (4-7) surrendered three runs on six hits over six innings. The southpaw improved to 3-4 lifetime against St. Louis, improving drastically off his last outing against the Cardinals. On the opposite side of the rubber, Wainwright (5-6) took the loss following a gem against Kansas City last Wednesday. John Buck hit his 13th homer of the season and three players -- Mark Teahen, Emil Brown and Ryan Shealy -- had two hits apiece in the victory. So Taguchi set the table for St. Louis with three hits and a run scored while Scott Rolen hit his fourth home run of the campaign. Octavio Dotel picked up his sixth save with some drama. Aaron Miles singled and moved to second on defensive indifference before Adam Kennedy moved him to third on a grounder to second. Dotel buckled down and struck out Chris Duncan and Taguchi to end the game. The Cards and Royals will play again tonight at 7:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

The defending world champion St. Louis Cardinals placed two key players on the shelf, as outfielder Jim Edmonds and starting pitcher Braden Looper went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 16. Edmonds is saddled with a pinched nerve in his lower back, while Looper has a strained right shoulder. Skip Schumaker, who was tearing up Triple-A Memphis to the tune of a .314 batting average, will replace the scuffling Edmonds on the roster. Edmonds is batting just .238 with seven homers and 24 runs batted in this season. Southpaw Troy Cate will return to the big club after a brief stint from May 27 - June 2 of this season. Cate didn't allow a run in 2 1/3 frames with the Cardinals. Looper has a 6-6 mark with a 4.66 earned run average in 14 starts.

Major League Baseball Scores:

 Cleveland 10, Philadelphia 1
Atlanta 9, Boston 4
NY Mets 8, Minnesota 1
Milwaukee 5, San Francisco 4
Chicago White Sox 10, Florida 6
Tampa Bay 10, Arizona 2
Oakland 6, Cincinnati 1
LA Angels 10, Houston 9
Detroit 9, Washington 8

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Lois May Hazen of Rolla, age 69, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the Rolla City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Rolla Animal Shelter. All the arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Funeral services for Martha Camden of Hopewell, VA, age 88, will be held Wednesday at 2:00 at the Macedonia United Baptist Church in Boss. Visitation will be from noon until service time Wednesday. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary.

A Memorial Service for Charles E. Wood of Steelville, age 65, will be held Friday at 7:00 at the Brittion-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00.

Funeral services for Shane Edward Asbery of Portland, Oregon formerly of Rolla are incomplete at this time but under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary of Rolla.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy this morning becoming mostly sunny by the afternoon, high of 88.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low around 60.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 89.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 66.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high around 90.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low of 66.

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