The comprehensive plan for the Village of Four Seasons is going to be facing some revisions for the first time in over 20 years. Village Administrator Janice Phegley says that, while the subdivision hasn’t had much growth besides residential, they feel like the plan still needs to be revised some. It was last revised in 1993. She says they really need to look at some of the zoning along the lake, because many of those areas will not be able to withstand a home. They have asked for volunteers to be part of the committee and she says they have already had five people step forward. They plan to have their next meeting sometime in March.
Multiple people were in attendance last night, attempting to get inside of the private meeting of the Expedia lobbyists at Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach. Many people were turned away by police, including Camden County Presiding Commissioner Greg Hasty and the head of LOZ Vacation Home Alliance, Stacy Shore. They were informed that there was no meeting, however, multiple people were seen leaving the room about an hour after everyone dispersed. Shore says they didn’t want people to know there was a meeting because they don’t want their opinions.
Shore also says a bill, House Bill 608, was filed in regards to the issue yesterday. Commissioner Hasty says the county commission is going to do what they can to host public hearings so the citizens of the county can voice their opinions.
The first in what is expected to be a long list of closings for the weekend has been announced in the lake area. The branches of the Camden County Library in both Osage Beach and Camdenton are closing at 6 o’clock tonight. They ask that, for tomorrow and the rest of the weekend, people call their individual branch before leaving their home to make sure they’re open.
Legislation is supposed to be filed this week regarding the rental industry. Camden County Presiding Commissioner Greg Hasty says that, if it’s like the legislation that was shut down on the last day of session last year, it will tank the Camden County economy. He says it talked about how to regulate nightly rentals and what government’s could and could not do, but the bottom of the first page had a catch.
Commissioner Hasty went to Jefferson City on the last day and told the representatives that forcing them to comply with those standards would destroy the rental industry at the lake.
The Camden County Sheriff’s Department was, apparently, spared from what had been an expected $250-thousand budget cut for the new year. The reprieve, according to new Sheriff Tony Helms, will mean that he can go ahead with plans to adequately staff the roadways at any given time.
Helms goes on to say that funding for manpower on Horseshoe Bend is separate and made possible by a grant. The sheriff also says the working relationship between him and the county commission, which is ultimately responsible for approving the budget, seems to be off to a pretty good start.
The Lake Area remains in the bullseye for a significant weather event expected to begin today and later tonight before continuing into the overnight hours. Rain changing to sleet and freezing rain will likely mean hazardous travel conditions by the time most of us wake up Friday morning. With the forecast also comes some friendly advice from Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly.
Reilly adds, if you must head out, at least be prepared with basic items in the case you run into travel problems. Otherwise, the chief says, enjoy some down time in front of the TV or, perhaps, playing some games if you have kids.
The city of Camdenton could be joining into a contract with Camden County for help with their comprehensive plan. The next step in their plan is to update their zoning maps. City Administrator Jeff Hancock is proposing the city enters a contract with the county to handle their mapping and zoning services.
Next, the county attorney and the city attorney will need to meet to discuss the details of the GIS mapping and the commission will have to vote on a contract to determine the specifics of the deal.