Elliot Charged With Murder Of Sister

levi elliottA local jury has found a 17 year old teenager guilty of killing his sister. Levi Elliott of Bolivar was tried as an adult in Benton county on a change of venue for killing his 12 year old sister back in march of 2012. Eliott was found guilty of second degree murder, armed criminal action and first degree tampering with a motor vehicle and faces up to 30 years in prison. He is being held on a new bond of $750,000 while he awaits sentencing.

Law Enforcement Want Residents Safe This Halloween

halloweenLocal law enforcement agencies are urging residents to think safety first this Halloween. Kelly Jackson is with Missouri Coalition for roadway safety. She says those who plan on consuming alcohol need a designated driver; no exceptions.

The national highway traffic safety administration classifies Halloween as a statistically dangerous night for impaired driving. There were nine fatalities and 34 serious injury crashes statewide during last year’s Halloween holiday weekend.

Kander Forms Election Integrity Task Force

Kander_officialMissouri secretary of state Jason Kander has announced the formation of a bipartisan elections integrity task force which will bring together local, state, and federal law enforcement and election authorities. One of the members of the group is Camdenton Police Chief Laura Wright. The task force will assist in coordinating efforts to ensure Missouri elections remain fair, secure and accessible, and will establish new protocols for responding to alleged violations in the elections process. Lake area voters will go to the polls on Tuesday.

Committee Formed To Investigate Attorney General

Attorney General Chris KosterA committee is being formed by Missouri house speaker Tim Jones to investigate Attorney General Chris Koster. The move comes after the New York Times reported that Koster is one of numerous state Attorneys General who may have been influenced by campaign contributions and lobbyists. Koster says the report distorts the facts.

Summit Gas Rates Approved By PSC

pscIf you’re served by Summit Natural Gas, depending on where you live, your rates are about to go up. The Missouri Public Service Commission has just approved two rate increases for Summit after reviewing submissions by the company. Greg Ocho from the PSC says the big changes won’t affect the Lake of the Ozarks region:

Ocho says the changes the Lake will see deals with the cost of Wholesale Gas

The rate change for just the Lake of the Ozarks region will be 9 Cents. The other charges do not affect the majority of lake residents with the exception of the city of Warsaw. All of the changes go into effect on November 1st. The full releases and the Interview with KRMS can be found below:

Release 1:

Missouri Public Service Commission

Governor Office Building

200 Madison Street

PO Box 360

Jefferson City, Mo. 65102-0360

Contact: Kevin Kelly — 573-751-9300

 

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/MissouriPSC

 

JEFFERSON CITY—To reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas as well as a change in the company’s Actual Cost Adjustment (ACA) factor, Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, Inc.’s Lake of the Ozarks system customers will see natural gas rates change under a filing that takes effect on November 1, 2014.

 

The ACA factor is a mechanism which tracks any over-collection or under-collection of actual natural gas costs over a 12 month period.  The net over- or under-collected balances are subsequently either refunded or collected the next year.

 

Residential customers currently pay approximately $0.55 per Ccf (per hundred cubic feet) of natural gas.  Under this filing, the rate will increase to approximately $0.64 per Ccf—an increase of approximately $0.09 per Ccf.

 

Approximately 55% to 60% of a customer’s current natural gas bill reflects the cost of natural gas from wholesale suppliers.  The wholesale cost of natural gas (the cost your local natural gas company must pay to its suppliers for natural gas) is not regulated by the Missouri Public Service Commission.  The wellhead cost of natural gas is unregulated and is primarily driven by supply, demand and the weather.  The Missouri Public Service Commission does conduct an annual regulatory review to ensure that regulated natural gas companies make prudent decisions in securing natural gas supplies for their customers.

 

Release 2:

 

Missouri Public Service Commission

Governor Office Building

200 Madison Street

PO Box 360

Jefferson City, Mo. 65102-0360

Contact: Kevin Kelly — 573-751-9300

 

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/MissouriPSC

 

A SECOND CHANGE IN RATES TO REFLECT GAS COST CHANGES

 

JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Public Service Commission has issued its decision in a Summit Natural Gas of Missouri (SNG) rate case authorizing the company to increase annual natural gas revenues by approximately $7 million for service on and after December 1, 2014.  The Commission’s vote in the rate case was 5-0.

 

SNG customer rates will also be impacted by a Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA) filing reflecting natural gas costs that will take effect for service on November 1, 2014.

 

SNG’s rate case filed on January 2, 2014, reflects the company’s non-gas costs.  Non-gas costs are operating and maintenance expenses and a return on investment in plant (such as natural gas mains and service lines that carry natural gas to the customer’s home or business).  The rates that wholesale suppliers charge SNG for natural gas are not regulated by the Missouri Public Service Commission and are collected through the Purchased Gas Adjustment and appear separately on the customers’ bill.

 

The Commission’s decision reflects the natural gas company’s increased costs of providing service to its customers.  When the natural gas company filed its $7.5 million request in January 2014, SNG cited increased operating expenses and the construction of new service facilities as reasons for seeking a rate increase.

 

As part of the decision, the Commission set SNG’s return on equity (ROE), or profit margin, at 10.8 percent.  In this rate case, SNG sought an ROE of 12 percent.

 

Under the Commission’s decision, SNG will implement a low income weatherization program and an Energy Efficiency Advisory Group will be formed with the goal of working toward the development and implementation of a viable energy efficiency program.

 

In a second case involving a customer’s total monthly bill, rates will change, effective November 1, 2014, to reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas as well as a change in SNG’s Actual Cost Adjustment (ACA) factor.

 

The ACA factor is a mechanism that tracks any over-collection or under-collection of actual natural gas costs over a 12 month period.  The net over-or under-collected balances are subsequently either refunded or collected the next year.  All natural gas companies under PSC jurisdiction make such a filing with the Commission at this time of the year.

 

As a result of these two cases, the PSC Staff estimates that a typical residential customer will experience the following approximate annual increase in their total natural gas bill under normal weather conditions: Rogersville $348; Gallatin $416; Warsaw $520; and Branson $456.

 

SNG Natural Gas of Missouri provides natural gas service to approximately 15,000 customers in Missouri.

 

 

Summit Natural Gas serves approximately 500 natural gas customers in its Lake of the Ozarks system.

Warsaw Looks At A Facilities Reviewer

warsaw schoolThe Warsaw R-9 School Board of Education met recently to discuss the budget and take a look at proposals for a district facilities reviewer. Superintendent Scott Downing recommended to the board that the school district should look for a qualified provider to review all the district facilities and prioritize needs and financial planning, to which the board agreed. During the meeting, a MSBA Representative updated the board on an upcoming meeting in Stockton’s school district on the 11th of November as well as a committee now working on drafting new Missouri Learning Standards. The board will now review the submitted budget for 2014-2015 and will officially adopt it sometime this fall.

Cole Camp Ready To Work On Budget

MoneyThe city of Cole Camp is ready to discuss the budget and set a date of November 10th to do it. Board members discussed having managers from each department submit a wish list along with a reality list on what they think should be on next year’s budget. Additionally, the city discussed the option of replacing some of their older vehicles and public works announced that the sewer project is working properly at this time.