Funds from the recent sale of the Sunrise Beach Fire Station Number Five will be used to update firefighter radio communications. The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District has received delivery of 8 Motorola APX 8000 portable radios at a cost of $24,000. Captain Michael Hufferd is in the process of developing the training program for these, and once the staff has been trained, the radios will go into field use.
Three full-time firefighters have been added to the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District. The Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees approved to hire Neil Fredrick, Kenneth Wierberg, and John Haggard as full-time employees during their meeting on Wednesday. Firefighter Wieberg is a district volunteer coming on full-time; and firefighters Fredrick and Haggard are formerly from the Gravois Fire Protection District. The board also approved a pay increase for Fire Chief Dennis Reilly.
There has been no new information submitted on the Dan Laubach properties request for a biker bar in sunrise beach. Last month, the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a request by Laubach to expand Deer Valley Park for a biker bar with occasional outdoor entertainment, as well as a restaurant, boat and trailer storage and camping grounds. The property is located at the intersection of Route TT and Putt n’ Bay Road in SunriseBeach. Due to no more new information, the Sunrise Beach Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Monday, March 3rd has been cancelled.
Missouri Governors could not restrict money from public schools under legislation endorsed by the State Senate. Senators voted yesterday to give first round approval to a Proposed Constitutional Amendment that would prevent the Governor from freezing money budgeted for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The constitution allows Governors to control the rate of spending and to withhold funds if revenues aren’t performing at the projected levels. The measure needs another vote before moving to the house and would need to be approved by voters this year.
An improving outlook on the economy has not helped Missouri residents’ outlook on life. That’s according to Gallup who says the Show-Me-State is the 8th most miserable State in the entire nation. Just half of residents surveyed said they were thriving in 2013. Most said they’re stressed and few claimed to have laughed or smiled within the last day. According to the survey, West Virginia is the most miserable state in the nation while North Dakota is the happiest.
Local Realtors and community leaders recently met with officials from F.E.M.A. They came to voice their concerns about possible inaccuracies associated with flood insurance rate maps. Congress will now weigh in as it debates a possible delay of reforms to the national flood insurance program. The senate passed a version of the homeowners flood insurance affordability act recently with Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire Mccaskill voting for the bill that could delay rate increases for up to four years. The house is now considering a modified version of the bill. Many local Realtors are concerned that inaccurate mapping hurts property owners, real estate re-sells and new development.
Local food stamp users may get some extra help as Missouri lawmakers consider legislation that would give bonus dollars to those who use stamps to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers markets. Supporters say the measure would cut down on obesity in low income households and reduce costs for related illnesses. Under the bill, welfare recipients could be reimbursed up to ten dollars per week for buying fruits and vegetables from participating markets. No one spoke in opposition to the bill yesterday and the house government oversight and accountability committee took no further action.