The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District spent some time over the weekend showing the public fire safety, while also showing them exactly what their money has done for the fire district. The district, as well as the Camden County Sheriff’s Department, the Highway Patrol, and the Department of Natural Resources all joined together for the open house. Chief Dennis Reilly says that the firefighter’s union even pitched in by buying bicycles to give away as door prizes. Over 200 people visited to enjoy games, prizes, and even a bounce house.
The Camden County Commission continues listening to budget proposal from the departments this week. The Commission listened to the Juvenile Justice Budget yesterday morning. Chief Juvenile Officer of the Mary Dickerson Juvenile Justice Center, Tammy Walden, says there are actually two budgets within that budget.
The county has to cover 100% of the Justice Center costs because the county owns the building. The only major change to that budget proposal would be a $15,000 addition to buy a new air conditioning unit.
Anyone who drives Bagnell Dam Boulevard near Heritage Elementary around 3 o’clock knows how much of a traffic jam picking up kids can cause. Lake Ozark Police Chief Gary Launderville says, beginning next Tuesday, they will implement a plan that they hope will help fix that problem.
Chief Launderville goes on to say all the vehicles will then exit out of School Road back to the Boulevard.
The final step before bringing the Camden County servers back online is scheduled for this morning. The server for the sheriff’s office will be transitioned out, which is the only thing keeping the FBI from removing their firewall that will allow the independent IT company contracted by the county to bring the e-mails and websites back. Officials within the courthouse are anticipating having everything back up by early next week, as long as there aren’t anymore unexpected setbacks.
As the year slowly comes to an end, so does the amount of road work that can be done. Lee Schuman, Road and Bridge Director of Camden County, says this is the case for his crews.
He says, because of the asphalt work and flooding last year, the crews didn’t get to do any tree cutting.
A long-term project transforming Osage Beach into a more pedestrian-friendly city continues. The next phase of sidewalk construction, according to Public Works Director Nick Edelman, stretches from Case Road to near Arby’s and involves making sure the new sidewalks are ADA compliant.
The work currently being done is the fourth phase of the project which came about as a result of public comment some seven or eight years ago. The project cost is a little over 455-thousand dollars with the city re-coop some of that through a Federal reimbursement program. The current work is to be done, according to the contract, by December 20th although it’s more likely to be finished early sometime, instead, in November.
Making learning personal is a district-wide effort which continues in the School of the Osage District. Superintendent Doctor Brent Depee says the board of education, this week, received an update from the upper elementary on progress being made in the areas of reading and math which, both, play major roles in the overall effort.
The district is scheduled to receive an update on the “making learning personal” effort during next month’s meeting. Heritage Elementary will then present its report during the December board of education meeting.