The Lebanon City Council has agreed to raise sewer rates significantly, effective July 1st. The vote was five to three, on Tuesday night, to change the billing process. Until now, sewer rates were based on an average of the amount of water that is used. Next month, the bills will be based on the actual amount of water used. Councilmen James White, Brian Anthony and Robert Finley voted against the increase.
Everyone is invited to Dive into Summer for free food, free swimming, Live DJ and 40 non-profit organizations from 3-7 p.m., tomorrow at the Westlake Aquatic Center in Laurie. The celebration’s the Westlake Aquatic Center’s way of thanking the entire community for its support over the last decade. Families will begin arriving at 3 p.m. Golf carts will shuttle attendees from parking areas in the Laurie Fairgrounds to the festivities at the pool parking lot. The Westlake Aquatic Center is the only indoor mini-Olympic swimming pool at Lake of the Ozarks. It’s at the back of the Hillbilly Fairgrounds in Laurie. For more information, call 573-374-7370 or visit www.WestLakeAquaticCenter.com.
State and federal disaster officials helping people recover from the recent severe storms, floods and tornadoes in Butler, Cape Girardeau, Howell, Jasper, McDonald, Mississippi, New Madrid, Newton, Pulaski, Scott, St. Louis, Stoddard, Stone, Taney, and Ripley counties have some tips to speed disaster assistance. Register Now: The disaster recovery process begins by registering with FEMA. The process is free, You can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov . Those with smartphones may register through m.FEMA.gov ; click “Apply Online for FEMA Assistance,” and you will be directed to www.DisasterAssistance.gov. If you prefer to register by phone, the toll-free FEMA registration line is 800-621-FEMA (3362 Telephone registration is available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
The major insurance companies serving consumers in the Joplin area have received nearly 17,000 claims so far from residents and business owners with damage from the EF-5 tornado that struck the area on May 22. John Huff, Director of the state Insurance Department says Joplin will be rebuilt stronger than before, and the insurance industry will play a vital role.” Huff says “Consumers can be confident that their insurers have the financial strength to pay claims and meet their obligations. Overseeing that financial health is one of our most important jobs as regulators.” Gov. Nixon signed an Executive Order today that bars insurance companies from raising rates or canceling policies for consumers in Jasper and Newton counties for 30 days. The executive order could be extended.
An amendment has been made to the disaster declaration for Missouri, adding Bollinger, Dunklin, Pemiscot, Phelps, Reynolds, and St. Francois counties. The declaration allows people affected by the recent natural disasters to access the 26-week Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Applicants from these additional counties must file a claim for DUA no later than July 1, 2011. Residents of Butler, Mississippi, New Madrid, St. Louis, and Taney counties have until June 16, 2011 to file a DUA claim. Residents of Cape Girardeau, Howell, Jasper, McDonald, Newton, Pulaski, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard, and Stone counties have until June 22, 2011 to file a DUA claim. DUA eligibility will be determined on a week-to-week basis.
The number of people unaccounted for in Joplin is now down to ZERO. The original list of missing, released last Thursday, had 232 names on it. The Missouri Department of Public Safety has released the names of all 134 people who died in May 22nd tornado.That list is online, at www.dps.mo.gov.
Some traffic notes to be aware of: Crews are resurfacing Route W, between Route 5 and the Miller County line. It’s down to one lane in Morgan County, through June 8th.
Route 50 from east of Sedalia to Tipton is down to one lane for resurfacing. Crews will be flagging traffic through the work areas.