The new name for the Camdenton airport may still be up in the air. During this week’s board of alderman meeting members of the community spoke for and against the proposed name change from Camdenton memorial airport to the Camdenton regional Lake of the Ozarks airport. Even though the name change has already been approved by the city’s board of alderman, the city’s airport advisory board will take up the matter again at its meeting today (Thursday). One suggestion being considered is to put the word “Memorial” back into the name in honor of veterans and also naming the field “Veteran’s Memorial air field.”
Controversy continues to surround the 2011 merger of the highway patrol with the water division. A newly retired lt. Called the merger a mistake during this week’s fourth public hearing in Hollister, mo. Retired lieutenant Eldon Wulf believes at a minimum the merger was mishandled and that there may have been discrimination against former water patrol officers by members of the highway patrol. A special committee chaired by state representative Diane Franklin was formed to investigate the merger. A final public meeting is scheduled for December 4th in St. Joseph after which the committee will announce its recommendations to the Missouri house. The public meetings come on the heels of the drowning death of 20 year old Brandon Ellingson while in the custody of the highway patrol’s water division back in may.
The bench trial of a Laclede county man accused of neglecting and starving several horses at his farm is taking place today (thursday). Thomas Oviatt was charged earlier this year with eleven misdemeanor counts of animal abuse after several emaciated horses were found at his farm. The charges state that Oviatt knowingly failed to provide adequate care for the animals.
Area attorney Todd Miller will soon begin his new duties as attorney for the Village of Four Seasons after recently being hired for the position. Current village attorney Jon Kaltenbronn who has served in that capacity for more than twenty years is stepping down after being elected in august as 26th judicial circuit court judge. Miller, who is the owner of a litigation firm in Jefferson City was one of five area attorneys who applied for the position and begins his new job as the Village’s attorney on January 1st.
Three people have been arrested on separate charges over the past week by the Camdenton police department. An Iowa man, 21 year old Alexander Sampson was arrested for possession of marijuana, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and careless and imprudent driving, while 56 year old Coy Metcalf from the state of Texas was arrested for D.W.I. and open liquor container. And 36 year old James Comfort of Camdenton was arrested for violation of an order of protection.
Several people were on hand for this week’s Camdenton board of alderman meeting as two controversial issues were slated to be discussed. One of those issues was the proposed name change for the city’s airport which is being discussed in further detail during today’s meeting of the airport advisory board. The other controversial issue dealt with the city’s pit bull ordinance. Camdenton resident misty brown was told that she cannot keep her American bulldogs in the city due to a long standing ordinance banning certain breeds of dogs. Weeks after purchasing her home, brown was ticketed and told she had to remove her dogs. With her attorney at her side, she asked the board to let her keep her dogs and revisit the city’s ordinance. After an hour of discussion, the board did not grant brown’s request but are expected to discuss the issue further at the next board meeting.
A full interview with City Administrator Jeff Hancock below:
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he will no longer accept campaign contributions from anyone under investigation from his office and is asking state lawmakers to enact similar policies. He announced the new self imposed policy yesterday (wed) after a New York Times report alleged he was influenced by lobbyists and campaign donations. However, Koster says the newspaper report distorts how his office deals with companies.