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The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday evening at the city hall council chambers. At the meeting, the board approved a bid of $22,945 from C&E Auto and Heavin Motors for the purchase of a 2010 Ford Explorer, and also a approved the bid from Dave Sinclair Ford in St. Louis for a 2011 Ford Crown Vic for $21,400 to be bought at a later date before December 31st.  Alderman Jerry Randell and Chief Jadwin want to hold off on the Crown Vic while the police department looks for a new drug dog. The board approved the bid from Erb Equipment in Cuba for the purchase of a 2010 John Deere 313 Skid-Steer Loader or $19,216.87 that included a warranty. The city budgeted $18,000 for this purchase and will take the remaining monies for the purchase with a budget adjustment from the Capital Improvement Fund. The board then held a public hearing to consider the tax rate for the year 2010. Last year, the rate was at 62.4 cents per $100 assessed valuation, but with the assessed valuation of real estate and personal property dropping by almost $337,000, the board could have raised the rate to 64.12 cents per $100 assessed valuation to keep the same amount of income from taxes as budgeted. After the public hearing, the board approved the consent agenda that showed that the sales tax revenues for the year are down $18,563 year-to date. The board then set the tax rate for 2010 year at the same rate as 2009 at 62.4 cents per $100 assessed valuation that will provide $7,800 less revenue for the city. Mayor Gary Brown said that the Mid Missouri Municipal Energy Pool is going to have six companies make a proposal to see what they will charge the pool to provide electric service. He said that the city received a Community Development Block grant for storm water for West 3rd Street in the amount of $176,926. He also said that MoDOT has approved a sidewalk project from the hiking and biking trail to Park Street on the south side of Route J to be built with funds that have been set aside for this type of project in the amount of $131,188. Brown reported that 1,131 people visited the TCRC last month and 1,382 used the fitness at the Salem Freedom Activity Center. Alderman Kenneth Nash asked that the alderman reports be re-instated at the meetings and it was approved provided that the alderman actually give a report on that activity and not use that time for their own agenda. Brown said that he met with Senator Kit Bond who is favor of the Bio-Mass as long as it does not endanger other jobs in the area, and he said that the Dent County IDA Board sent a letter offering the city their assistance in the quest on making a decision on Bio-Mass. The board approved Bill #3206 authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement for the lease and purchase of a 2007 International 4300 Cab and Chassis; and approved Bill #3207 that established the tax rate levy of $.624 per $100 assessed valuation for real estate and personal property taxes for the City of Salem. After the bills were approved, the board went into closed session.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving a disturbance, trespassing, and a refusing to leave. On Saturday, August 21st at 4:30 p.m. an officer was detailed to the 700 block of East Center Street in reference to a disturbance. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 26-year-old Salem man for trespassing, disorderly conduct, and failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer. He was placed under arrest and incarcerated on the charges. On Sunday, August 22nd at 9:00 p.m. an officer was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to trespassing. The investigation of the report revealed that a 19-year-old Salem man had been arrested prior to this date for shoplifting at Wal-Mart and had been issued a no trespassing order. He was arrested for trespassing, issued a summons to appear in court, and was released. On Monday, August 23rd at 1:00 a.m. an officer was detailed to the 100 block of South Henderson Street in reference to a subject who refused to leave a residence. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 19-year-old Salem man for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was issued a summons to appear in court and was released. Anyone with information about an ongoing investigation ongoing is asked to contact the Salem Police Department at 729-4242.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Varsity Lady Softball Tigers dropped a 10-4 decision to Waynesville Tuesday to fall to 0-2 on the year. The JV played Waynesville to a 2-2 tie. The Lady Softball Tigers will be home to face Bakersfield Thursday afternoon starting at 4:30 at the Salem City Park Fields.

The Salem High School Lady Tiger Volleyball Team will have an Inter-Squad Scrimmage on Thursday, August 26th beginning at 6:30 pm at the Salem High School Gym. Admission is a bottle of water or Gatorade.

The City of Salem Park and Recreation Department will be holding soccer program signups in the front room of the Salem Freedom Activity Center from 4:00 to 6:00 this Thursday and Friday, and from Saturday morning from 9:00 to noon. Signups will also be held next Thursday and Friday.

The 12th Tiger Club is sponsoring a Football Parade to be held on Friday, August 27th. That will be the Salem Tigers first home football game against Thayer. Businesses, clubs, organizations, churches and individuals are encouraged to participate in the parade. Floats should line up around 5:30 between the Dent County Courthouse and East Salem Hill. The parade will take off around 6:00 pm and will arrive at the Salem Tiger Football Stadium before kick off. For more information contact Stephanie Floyd at 247-1441.

Evan Meek escaped a bases loaded jam to hold down Pittsburgh's 4-3 victory over St. Louis in the second game of a three-game test at PNC Park. Adam Wainwright (17-8) was hit with the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and four walks through seven frames. Albert Pujols finished 3-for-5 and Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer for the Cardinals, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. The Cards remain 2 ½ games behind Cincinnati in the National League Central Division. The Cards and Pirates play their series finale tonight at 5:45 on KSMO.

St. Louis placed southpaw relief pitcher Dennys Reyes on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow strain Tuesday. The move, retroactive to August 16, leaves a gap on the roster that will be filled by right-handed hurler Fernando Salas, who was called up from Triple-A Memphis.

Will Rhymes and Brennan Boesch each finished with two hits and a pair of runs batted in to back seven shutout innings by Rick Porcello, as the Detroit Tigers routed the Kansas City Royals, 9-1, in the second of a three-game set at Comerica Park. Kila Ka'aihue hit a two-out homer in the ninth inning for Kansas City, which has dropped two in a row after winning five of the previous seven games. Kyle Davies (6-8) was roughed up for 12 hits and seven runs over 4 2/3 innings. The veteran right-hander struck out five and walked three in falling to 2-7 in 10 lifetime starts against Detroit. The Royals and Tigers finish up their series this afternoon.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services Junior Ray Turner of Salem, age 70, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Wallace-Turner Cemetery in Bunker. Memorials may be made to the family of Junior Turner. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Henry Dalton Myers of Salem, age 72, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the family of Henry Myers.

uneral services for Theresa Medlock of Salem, age 53, are incomplete but are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high around 80.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 52.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 81.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low of 53.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 85.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low of 58.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high around 90.



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