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April 8, 2012

Posted Friday, May 4, 2012, at 5:27 PM

Ducky Joe Medwick has returned to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York where he so rightfully belongs. He was the last player to win the National League Triple Crown. He did it in 1936. Bob Gibson is living in Omaha, Nebraska and enjoying his well earned retirement. He also has a plaque in Cooperstown. Stan Musial is living in Ladue, Missouri and is still, "Baseball's perfect warrior, baseball's perfect knight." "The Man" has a plaque in Cooperstown.

I thought they could all come to Malden on April Fool's Day and start a Chinese baseball camp. It was opening week for the 2012 baseball season and hope springs eternal. I received some interesting comments and questions.

However, we must go back to the real world. I met last week with some representatives of the Southeast Missouri Agency on Aging. They were in Malden to teach a short course on proper handling of money by area senior nutrition centers. Nutrition center employees and board members were present from Qulin, Campbell, Dexter, and Malden.

I thought it worth commenting that only Malden's Nutrition Center, of the four, was sponsored by the municipality in which the center is located. If my memory is correct the "Agency" has 35 centers in Southeast Missouri. Sponsorship of the centers is, I believe, broken down into 6 sponsored by the "Agency" itself, 25 by not-for-profit entities and 4 by municipalities. The cities that act as sponsors are Bonne Terre, Park Hills, Farmington, and Malden. Malden seems to have a real affinity with our neighbors in the Lead Belt.

I don't know how the other 3 cities operate their nutrition center or at what level of funding. I only know what Malden does and Dexter. The City of Dexter contributes $10,000 a year and is not a sponsor. Malden is a sponsor, and the city will contribute approximately $108,000 this fiscal year. I think we can be rightfully proud of ourselves. Malden is not the largest town in Southeast Missouri or the most affluent, but our people have chosen to be generous with their money and assist those in the elderly part of their life and those who are disabled. Malden has sponsored its nutrition center by contract each and every year since 1978. Cape Girardeau and Sikeston are among the 6 nutrition centers operated directly by the Area Wide Agency on Aging.

I would like to offer my sincere thanks to each and every person who voted in favor of the 1/4 cent sales tax increase for the fire department last Tuesday. The money is needed, but more importantly I felt like the citizens recognized the need and had enough faith in their city government to open the public pocketbook and place another roughly $130,000 a year into it. We all took an oath to serve you when we were sworn into our respective offices. The faith you show in us to handle your money wisely is humbling.

April 16th at 7:00 P.M. at the Malden City Hall the newly elected members of your city council will be sworn in for a two year term. They will all take an oath. There are not any new members. All of the incumbents were re-elected. That doesn't mean you don't need to watch us. Please join us if you can. We will be starting the budget process for the new fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012. I can assure you that we will spend your money. In fact we will spend several millions of your dollars. We will spend it wisely or foolishly depending on your point of view. Personally, I appreciate your point of view.

The financial report is as follows:

March 30, 2102 Balance $1,261,689.47
Revenues $38,257.08

Expenses $10,543.08

April 6, 2012 Balance $1,289,403.15


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