The Osage Beach Fire Protection District’s budget is now set for 2015. According to the board of directors, the operating levy for 2014 set back in August is 0.5912 centers per hundred dollars assessed valuation which was a decrease to begin with from 2013. The board says employees will not see a pay raise due to 39% expected increase in health insurance. It would have been 17% more had the district not opted for higher deductibles and out of pocket maximums. The 2015 budge is expecting to see $3,034,049 with $2,857,366 in expenses. Osage Beach covers 105 square miles of land in Camden and Miller counties with 31 paid staff and 15 volunteers involved.
Secretary of state Jason Kander is proposing legislation to cut fees paid by Missouri Businesses to the lowest in the country. The bill, which was filed yesterday (Tuesday) reduces and eliminates numerous fees for new and existing businesses that must file paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office. It has the support of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Under the legislation, businesses would only pay a small processing fee for a majority of filings with Kander’s office.
Its official, the name change is over and a deal has been reached. At Tuesday night’s Camdenton Board of Alderman meeting, board members were met once again with opposition from veterans in the community mad about the name change of the airport. To put it in perspective, the name went from Camdenton Memorial Airport for the past several years, to Lake of the Ozarks Regional Airport, to Lake of the Ozarks Regional Airport at Veterans Memorial Field, then at the previous board meeting they nearly went back to Camdenton Memorial Airport before asking the airport advisory board one last time to come up with a name. Finally, Camdenton Memorial Lake Regional Airport was voted on and signed into existence. The board also discussed putting together an official memorial to remember the reasons why memorial is in the name in the first place and have asked the area veterans groups including the Camdenton VFW to be involved in putting it together. Camdenton VFW Commander Lance Kellogg says the board did the right thing
The name was already changed from a previous vote but will now be adjusted to reflect the new name and it will be sent to the FAA to officially be changed on the register nationwide.
We now know more about the structure fire that occurred Friday morning in Barnett which killed a mother and her daughter. According to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, the fire was ruled accidental due to an artificial Christmas tree in the living room that caught fire. 28 year old Joelle Lawson and her 2 year old daughter where caught in the fire and did not make it out alive. The official cause of death will not be released until all reports and lab work are completed from the autopsy. The fire occurred at the 21000 block of Highway 52 and was investigated by the Sheriff’s office and the Missouri state fire marshal.
The Camdenton VFW is continuing on their project of a new community center on their present location. Recently they have finished the digging of the ground and are beginning to level it out. However, leaders have discovered they need a tad bit more dirt than originally thought. VFW Leader Lance Kellogg say’s drop it on by
Kellogg says they need fill dirt, even if they have to buy it
Kellogg says the dirt does not have to be clean. Anyone with dirt is asked to contact them at 573-286-4098 or stop by the VFW on South business 5.
After many years of negotiation, the Laurie board of alderman has approved an ordinance accepting the existing roadways in the Ozark Meadows subdivision which will now be maintained and repaired by the city. However, streets in the Wellington Woods subdivision were not adopted by the city because they were constructed out of compliance after planning and zoning was established. In other business, the board approved appropriating $140,000 for street repairs and maintenance and the mayor requested funds for the purpose conducting a sewer and water rate study with the intention of looking at ways to possibly reduce rates. The board tabled a decision pending further information.
26 people have been arrested over the past week by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department. Some of those arrested include two that were charged with DWI, one for illegal drugs, two for second and third degree assault, one for domestic violence and two for stealing. It was also reported there are currently 165 inmates in the county jail including seven “ICE” detainees.