The next step toward a Comprehensive Audit for Camden County is underway. After reviewing the circumstances, State Auditor Nicole Galloway has approved the Commission’s request. Michael Moorefield, Chief of Staff for Galloway’s Office, says they will reach out to the Commission in the coming months to finalize the dates of the audit and to set up formal meetings with the Commission, as well as other county officials and key staff. Presiding Commissioner Greg Hasty calls this audit an essential tool that will bring the operation of government into the 21st century and help to restore the faith of county residents.
There seems to have been some miscommunication regarding support of the nightly rental bill, House Bill 608. On Wednesday, word spread from State Representatives that the Missouri Board of Realtors had voted to drop their opposition to the bill. Board President Ryan Gattermeier says that is not the case. He says, in fact, that the Missouri Realtors Advocacy Mission Committee met on Wednesday morning for the second time in the last week to reaffirm that they are not in support of the bill. He did say, however, that if specific amendments were added, such as clarifying that a business license is not required for short-term rentals and stopping political subdivisions from enacting laws that would prohibit nightly rentals, they would change their stance. He say these are the same amendments they presented to the Legislature in the early portion of the session.
In January of 2014, then Camden County Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken and Second District Commissioner Cliff Luber voted to make a policy change regarding complaints of the Unified Land Use Code. The new policy stated that complaints had to be written, notarized, and signed before Planning and Zoning could investigate. Current Presiding Commissioner Greg Hasty says there’s one issue with that policy.
A policy change must first go through a public hearing and vote by the Planning and Zoning Commission before going to the County Commission. The ordinance has been voided.
The next step toward improving Osage Beach Parkway’s west side in Osage Beach is beginning to take form. The company that performed the study, HDR, will be holding a presentation tonight to show their proposals. Mayor John Olivarri says it will be held during a Special Board of Aldermen meeting.
HDR will be making their presentation at City Hall at 6 o’clock.
The City of Lake Ozark is applying for a grant that will affect the strip. The Board of Aldermen approved a resolution to apply for the grant with the Miller County Health Center to change out the bulbs on the strip to LED bulbs. City Administrator Dave Van Dee says there are a couple of positives to the idea.
Van Dee also says the grant would upgrade the roadside parks. They will be applying to get two handicap access park benches and placing concrete pads. If approved, the grant will provide the city with just over $18,000, leaving them to pay around $10,000.
The School of the Osage bought field turf a few years ago and, when they did, they received an eight year warranty. Superintendent Dr. Brent Depee says they’ll be replacing that turf before the end of the warranty.
He says a representative for the company has come to inspect the field turf. They then made them an offer to replace it with a ten year warranty. The School Board officially accepted that offer Monday night. Dr. Depee says the plan is to have the new turf put in this summer.
The new trial date for a former Camdenton business owner has been set. Earlier this week, Judge Donald Barnes transferred the case for Dennis Lee Purdy to Laclede County. Purdy is accused of sexually abusing a former employee of his. The former Dairy Queen owner faces charges in Camden County for Forcible Sodomy, Statutory Sodomy, and Sexual Abuse Against a Victim under 17. His trial is set to begin on August 8th.