LORDEC Planning & Raising Funds For Housing Study

lordec logoThe Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council continues to work on developing a comprehensive housing study. LORDEC, which serves the tri-county area, believes affordable housing is a vital step in getting entrepreneurs to take a serious look at the Lake Area when it comes to expanding or relocating their businesses. A task force is being formed that will have the task of raising the money needed to conduct the housing study which is estimated to cost around $40,000. LORDEC has already committed $10,000 dollars towards the overall cost and recently RDG Planning and Design out of Omaha, Nebraska was recommended to do the study. RDG was also selected to work on Camdenton’s new comprehensive plan.

Five Crashes Over Holiday Weekend, Sixteen Arrests by the Highway Patrol

Missouri-State-Highway-PatrolThe Missouri Highway Patrol worked several accidents over the Memorial Day weekend across the tri-county area. According to the Patrol’s Troop F, which serves the Lake region, between 6pm Friday and midnight on Monday there were a total five accidents. Three were in Camden County while there was one each in Miller and Morgan counties. Injuries ranged from serious to minor. According to Troop F’s arrest report, 16 people were arrested over the holiday weekend with charges ranging from felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor warrants to DWI and Boating While Intoxicated. A total of ten people were arrested for DWI while two were charged with Boating While Intoxicated.

Rock Island Trail Meeting to be Held in Stover

rock island trailLake Area residents will soon have another opportunity to learn more about the proposed Rock Island Trail as its Board of Directors will be holding a meet and greet on Monday June 1st in Stover. Earlier this year the Surface Transportation Board approved the project which would convert the old rail line into a hiking and biking trail that would also connect to the Katy Trail. The Trail would include several Lake Area communities including Cole Camp, Stover, Versailles and Eldon. Monday’s meet and greet is being held at the Stover United Methodist Church located at 236 North Hickory and begins at 5pm.

Road Projects Announced For This Week

road constructionSeveral road projects are scheduled for this week by MODOT in the Lake area.

In Camden County, roadway widening continues on Highway Five in Sunrise Beach. One lane will be open with a pilot car guiding traffic.

Roadside maintenance will take place on Highway Five between the Morgan County line and the Laclede County line, Highway 54 between the Miller County line and the Hickory County line and Route “J” between Highways 54 and Seven. One lane will be open in all cases Tuesday (26) through Thursday (28).

Roadway resurfacing will take place on Route “D” between Highway 54 and Route “E” in Laclede County, on Route “J” between Highways 54 and Seven and on Route “Y” between Highway 54 and County Road Y-30. One lane will be flagged through in all cases…

In Miller County, roadside maintenance will take place on Highway 54 between Highway 17 and Jeffries Road. This will be a mowing operation.

Roadway maintenance will take place on Highway 52 between Highway 133 and Route “PP” on Tuesday (26). One lane will be open.

Roadway maintenance will take place on Route “E” between Highway 52 and the end of state maintenance Wednesday (27) through Friday (29). One lane will be open.

Roadway maintenance will also occur on Route “PP” between Highway 52 and Route “A”. One lane will be open.

In Morgan County, roadway resurfacing will continue on Highway 135 between Highways Five and 52. One lane will be open.

Roadside maintenance will take place on Highway 52 between Versailles and Eldon and Highway Five between Laurie and Tipton starting Tuesday (26). These will be mowing operations…

Keep Fire Safety in Mind on Holiday

fire safetyMemorial Day is a time to remember those who have died in defense of our nation. Family and friends will also gather together and fire up the grill. Chief Jeff Dorhauer with the Osage Beach Fire Protection District reminds residents to take the necessary precautions when barbecuing. He says a family in 2013 lost their Lake home after placing the barbecue pit too close to the house.

Safety tips for grilling this summer include placing the grill well away from siding and deck railings. For charcoal grills, use only approved starter fluids and for propane grills repair leaking hoses before using.

Remember Reason for Memorial Day

memorial dayFamily and friends are gathering today (Mon) for good food and fun as many Lake Area residents get an extra day off from work. However, it’s also important to remember what Memorial Day is all about. That’s according to Lance Kellog, Commander of the VFW in Camdenton.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and began following the Civil War.

Boat Damaged After Explosion

pontoon boatA pontoon boat was damaged Sunday night after the outboard motor exploded. The Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol reports gas had built up in the outboard motor housing causing an explosion when the boat’s operator, 52-year-old Kurt B. Neely of Liberty, went to shift into neutral. The operator was then able to put out the fire with an extinguisher. The incident occurred at the 34 mile marker. There were no injuries reported.