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The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting at the City Hall Council Chambers Tuesday night. In the hearing of persons, the Aldermen approved the request from Grace Community Church to partially block off South Water Street from 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday, September 15 for a community outreach, and then again on Thursday, October 31 from 4:00 to 9:00 pm. The board heard from Ryan Walsh with McKinstry Company requesting several variances to the City Codes for the Salem R-80 School construction project. They requested a variance to use the 2009 International Business Code instead of the current 1999 BOCA Code for the project. They also requested the city to allow the school to design and construct this project without the inclusion of a fire sprinkler system with a mutual agreement that a fire sprinkler system would be installed in the school within 5-10 years. Further, they requested a fire separation exemption allowing construction to proceed without having to build fire separation and draft stopping. An additional request to accept the current parking configuration and not increase the number of parking spaces for the school was made. The final request was to not have to address the egress issues in the Middle School gymnasium. City Attorney William Camm Seay was concerned about liability and safety issues and the board tabled their decision until the City Administrator could be present at the next meeting to obtain additional information. The board approved the purchase of a 2013 Ford F-150 4 x 4 pickup for the Street Department from Hutcheson Ford for $19,894. The current vehicle will be transferred to the Parks and Recreation Department. At the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting held prior to the regular board meeting concerning the rezoning of 900 South McArthur from Residential R-1 to commercial, it was denied due to the lack of a vote. The request for a Conditional Use Permit for 301 S. MacArthur Avenue was withdrawn by Tracy Wood since this is a home-based business and doesn’t need a permit. Mayor Gary Brown stated that Gary Glenn will be the interim Street Department Superintendent and that current Superintendent Ben Bryson’s last day of work will be tomorrow. Mayor Brown reported that this Saturday a Cobra Rally would be held in downtown Salem starting at 9:00. He said that parents wishing to sign their children up for flag football in grades 3 through 6 should contact the City Administration office. Brown then congratulated Tod Kinerk for all of his work done on the recent Timber Day parade and celebration. Brown said the Missouri Community Betterment judges will be in town on Tuesday, September 10th
and he is asking residents and businesses to clean up their property. Limb pickup will be held this week by the street department and the city has written a recycling grant that would pay for an additional trailer and a staff person at 24 hours per week. The aldermen are invited to a Tree Planting Ceremony honoring Brenda Bell on Friday, September 20th
at 10:00 am at the Courthouse. The alderman appointed City Clerk Mary Happel to be the employee delegate to the annual Lagers meeting. The meeting was then adjourned.
An accident occurred at 2:45 Saturday afternoon in Pulaski County on the Gasconade River at the Veterans Bridge. According to the highway patrol report, 67-year old David Gabel of Rolla was driving a 2013 Alweld v-bottom boat when he lost control, causing the boat to strike the bank on the south side of the river, ejecting both occupants. Gabel suffered serious injuries and was flown to the University Hospital in Columbia. An occupant, 59-year old Belinda Nash of Cook Station, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center. Neither were wearing safety devices at the time of the accident.
The Salem Police Department released several reports. On Monday, August 19th at 8:04 in the morning, an officer was detailed to a residence in the 1400 block of South Henderson in reference to a burglary. The investigation revealed that someone broke into a storage shed and took two chainsaws and a weed eater, valued at $525. On Wednesday, August 21st at 9:00 in the evening, an officer transported a 30- year old male of Moscow, Missouri from the Crawford County Sheriffs Department to the Dent County Jail, where he was incarcerated on an active arrest warrant from the City of Salem. On Thursday, August 22nd at 1:52 in the early morning, an officer was dispatched to Casey's General Store on Highway 32 in reference to a shoplifter. That investigation led to the arrest of a 29-year old male of New Orleans, Louisiana for stealing merchandise, valued at 16.98. He was issued summons to appear in court and released. Anyone with any information regarding the burglary or theft, which are still under investigation, is asked to contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.
Cortney Putman scored what proved to be the game-winning on two errors after a wild pitch and aggressive base-running as the Salem Lady Softball Tigers scored three times in the bottom of the 6th inning to beat the Ava Bears in SCA Play, 12-11. Salem rallied from three deficits in the game for the win including a one-run deficit in the bottom of the 6th inning. Savannah Hanning had four hits and two RBI for Salem as they finished with 10 hits and received 12 walks in the game. Cortney Putman finished 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Salem is now 3-3 on the year and they are 1-0 in the SCA. The Lady Tigers will be off until Friday when they host Vienna at 4:30 at the Salem City Park.
The Salem Lady Tiger Volleyball team lost in their season opener to St. James on Tuesday in two straight, 25-19 and 25-20. The Lady Tigers will host Pacific on Thursday at 6:00.
Billy Hamilton scored the only run in the Cincinnati Reds' 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. Michael Wacha, one of six players added to the St. Louis roster on Tuesday, gave way to the bullpen after scattering three hits and walking two over six scoreless innings. The Cardinals and Reds play again tonight and you can hear it on KSMO Radio starting at 5:35.
Salvador Perez's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners. Perez also cracked a solo homer, as did Alex Gordon for the Royals, who have won eight of their last 10 and moved four games within the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL's second wild-card spot. The Royals and Mariners play again tonight.
Funeral Mass for Ellen Rose Geheb of Potosi, age 86, will be held Thursday morning at the St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Viburnum at 11:00. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 this evening at the Wilson Mortuary in Viburnum with a Rosary Service at 7:00. Interment will be in the St. Philip Benizi Catholic Cemetery in Viburnum. Memorials may be made to the St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church.
Funeral Mass for Eileen Brugger of Salem, age 95, will be held Thursday at 2:00 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salem. Visitation will be held from noon until service time at the church. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.
Funeral services for Robert "Bob" Clark of Salem, age 87, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 Friday night. Interment will be in the Morrison Cemetery in Cook Station. Memorials may be made to the Bible Impact Ministries.
Funeral services for Martha Jean Teasley of Springfield, age 71, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the First Baptist Church of Rolla. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Hughes Cemetery in St. James. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Memorial services for Helen Kay Simmons of Salem, age 54, will be held Sunday at 2:00 at the Pentecostal Churcj of God in Salem.