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June 19, 2011

Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at 2:32 PM

Tomorrow, Monday evening, we will have our June city council meeting. The June meeting is one of the most important of the entire year. The Malden City Council must approve the city budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1, 2011. I believe, thanks to the hard work of the budget committee, that the proposed budget will be easily approved. If you are a person interested in your city government then the budget meeting is a good one to attend. You can look at the nuts and bolts which hold the framework of your municipal government together. If you don't make it to our meeting then ask for a copy of the budget.

The budget, which will more than likely be approved tomorrow night, is just a roadmap. The amounts inserted into the budget are informed guesses about how much money the city will have to operate and how much each department will need. The fact that the proposed budget is just a roadmap and is subject to change is demonstrated by another item on the agenda. The city council will vote to amend the 2010-2011 budget to reflect all the changes made to the current budget in the last twelve months.

Each year brings unforeseen expenses. Personally, I take some comfort in knowing that we have a surplus not committed to the proposed budget. Seven years ago Malden's surplus was approximately $35,000. Our surplus as we enter the new fiscal year is in excess of $400,000.

This Wednesday, June 22, there will be a retirement luncheon for our Fire Chief Winford German. Chief German is retiring after forty-three years as a Malden Volunteer Fireman. He has served as fire chief for the last eighteen years. The luncheon will be held at the Malden Community Center from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. My congratulations to Chief German for his service to Malden and a sincere thank you for a job well done.

Saturday, June 25, is the RELAY FOR LIFE of DUNKLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY DAY. The event will also be held at the Malden Community Center from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. There will be food, games, and a good time for all who attend. A Survivor's Breakfast will be held at 9:00 A.M. If there is something called a survivor's breakfast then the reason for all this may not be a lot of fun. It's because the RELAY FOR LIFE is to benefit the fight against cancer. There is not a human being walking this planet who has not been affected by cancer in some way. Please make an effort to stop by the Malden Community Center on June 25 and join the fight against one of the remaining dread diseases. The people at our great universities and medical research facilities have learned so much about cancer and how to fight it. They need our help and expression of support to finish the battle.

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