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The City of Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday night at the city hall council chambers. At the meeting, Patsy Hanson received a ticket for high grass at property located at 706 South Warfel, but explained that she had paid a person to cut that which they did not, and the excessive rain kept the grass from being done. She feels if the city continues to give her tickets, then she feels she should be compensated about $800 a strip of property that she has kept trimmed at Rolla Road and Washington that she claims to be city property. The board took no action. City Attorney Mark Weaver then reported on the public hearing concerning the annexation of #6 Great Oaks Drive and there were no objections. An ordinance will be drawn up for the alderman to review. Alderman Jim McDaniels asked Mayor Gary Brown about the bridge at the city park over the creek and said that should be a priority in this new fiscal year. Alderman Bill Riley asked the mayor if the sidewalk on the north side of First Street from Highway 19 to Jackson could be replaced before school starts and brown said he would check into it. Alderman Jim Jackson asked about the new pool filter and Mayor Brown said it was doing fine, but there was a small problem with the chlorination system during a backwash. Mayor Brown then reported that the Road Rally hi-lights from February would be on ESPN 2 at 3:00 today. He said that the city has raised $1,350 for fireworks for the Independence Day celebration and have possibly 25 vendors that will be on hand at The Commons. The mayor said he would meet with an engineer from MoDOT to discuss the crown on McArthur this Thursday. He also said that he has been selected to serve on the Missouri Municipal League Natural Resources and Urban Development Board, and he said he spoke with Representative Jo Ann Emerson at Rotary about sewer and water grants for the city. Mayor Brown reported that the city does not require a permit to demolish a home. The mayor said that someone turned in a contractor who was tearing down a house in the city limits to DNR. The board then approved the renewal of the R & C Mobile Home Park at 701 East Center, but postponed any decision on Section 17-102 of the city’s code book that requires the owner of multiple dwellings and rooming houses to have an operator’s or business license. It also requires that an inspection be made before the property is rented and also once a year at renewal. This ordinance has NOT been enforced to date and numerous property owners were in attendance to voice their opinion. The board then heard from Tammy Walker of Heartland Metal about the zinc levels and heard from Sewer and Water Superintendent Jack Emory as well. Walker showed through documentation that Heartland had only exceeded the city’s limit in eight of 93 samples in 2006 and twice in 44 samples in 2007. Emory stated that EPA informed him that as long as the sewer plant is not out of compliance, and the water is not contaminated going into the stream, there is no health issue. An engineer for Heartland said that the excess metals would accumulate in the sludge, and if they were constantly out of compliance, then the reeds would start to die. Alderman Riley still wanted a “No Tolerance” rule for Heartland, but his motion was not acted upon by the board leaving the current limits set by ordinance in place with a 10-day grace period. After approving the bills, the board went into closed session.

There will be no NEW issue of Your World Today on Wednesday, Independence Day, due to the holiday. Enjoy the celebration at the Commons all day, the Parade that begins at 5:00, and the fireworks that will begin about 9:15-9:30.

Sports   [TOP]

Scott Rolen drove in four runs as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Arizona Diamondbacks, 11-3, in the first of a four- game set at Busch Stadium. Making his first start since being activated from the 15-day disabled list, Cardinals starter Braden Looper went six frames, allowing three runs on four hits. Russ Springer (4-1) threw a perfect seventh to earn the win. Albert Pujols, Aaron Miles, Scott Shumaker and Rolen all had two hits apiece for the Cardinals, who have won three of four. The Cardinals optioned Anthony Reyes, 0-10 with a 6.40 ERA, to Triple-A Memphis to make room for Looper. St. Louis outhit Arizona 13-4 in the game. The Cardinals and Diamondbacks will play again tonight at 7:00and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

A sacrifice fly from Emil Brown in the 11th inning led the Kansas City Royals past Seattle, 3-2, in John McLaren's first game behind the bench for the Mariners in the opener of a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium. In the 11th, David DeJesus hit a leadoff double off the wall in center field and Esteban German followed with a walk. Mark Teahen's sacrifice bunt moved DeJesus to third base and Brown's sac fly out to center scored DeJesus for the win. DeJesus went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and scored all three runs while Esteban German drove in the other run for the Royals, who have won six of their last eight. Octavio Dotel (1-1) got the win for pitching a scoreless 11th inning. Gil Meche started on the mound and was charged with two runs on five hits with three walks and a strikeout in 6 1/3 innings of work. The Royals and Mariners will play again tonight.

Major League Baseball Scores:

Milwaukee 10, Pittsburgh 3
Houston 7, Philadelphia 5
Chicago Cubs 7, Washington 2
Colorado 6, NY Mets 2
San Diego 3, Florida  1
LA Dodgers 8, Atlanta 2
NY Yankees 5, Minnesota 1
Boston 7, Texas 3
Cleveland 10, Tampa Bay 2
Baltimore 7, Chicago White Sox 6
Toronto 11, Oakland 7

The Salem 7th, 8th and 9th grade football camp will be from 9:00 to 11:00 in the morning at the high school gym starting July 9th. The cost is $25 and for more information, call Coach Bill Schuchardt at 729-6644.

Obituaries   [TOP]

A memorial service for Eva Darlene Carr of Salem, age 68, will be held Thursday evening at 6:30 at the New Hope Community Outreach in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the Eva Carr Memorial Fund. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Morturay.

Funeral services for Anna Mae Richards of Potosi, formerly of Steelville, age 82, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be held from 11;00 until service time Thursday. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

A memorial service for Rita Fay (Stagner) Lindsey of Salem, age 54, will be held Saturday at 4:00 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church. Her body was donated to the National Body Donor Program.

Philip Edwin “Phil” Askey of Salem, age 103, passed away July 1st at the Salem Memorial District Hospital and donated his body to Washington University in St. Louis. A memorial service will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 88.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 65.
Independence Day..Partly cloudy, high of 89.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy with a 30% chance for showers, low of 68.
Thursday..Partly sunny with a 30% chance for rain in the morning, high of 86.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 65.

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