MODOT Finishing Projects In The Area

MODOT2The Missouri Department of Transportation is in the process of finishing up some fall projects and also preparing for the winter months. KRMS news also talked with area engineer Bob Lynch recently about what kind year its been for MODOT up to this point.

Lynch says MODOT continues to make improvements to roads in the Lake Area in order to make them safer for motorists. Some of the future projects include two foot shoulders on Route “Y” in Camden and Miller Counties as well as on Route 135 in Morgan County.

Area School Boards Against Amendment 3

school board electionVoters will head to the polls in little over a month to decide the fate of a number of local and state races. One that is receiving a lot of attention is Amendment Three which deals with teacher tenure. It proposes to link a teacher’s job evaluation and pay with student performance. The Amendment would also end current tenure protections for newly hired teachers. Recently three Lake Area school districts came out in opposition to the proposed amendment. The Warsaw R-9, Macks Creek R-5 and Camdenton R-3 Boards of Education have adopted resolutions advocating for the Amendment’s defeat due to their belief that it would take away local control. Voters will decide the fate of Amendment Three November 4th.

Blunt Visits Area Police Departments

roy bluntU.S. Senator Roy Blunt met with several police departments Monday as he traveled across the state to discuss tactics and equipment used by law enforcement. Blunt says he supports the use of military style equipment by police but thinks they should consider their needs carefully. Under a Federal program, the Department of Defense gives local and state police the opportunity to get equipment not used by the Pentagon. Blunt believes local law enforcement agencies are in the best position to determine how much of the equipment is needed.

Isla Del Sol Causeway Under Construction

isla del solThe Isla Del Sol project began as a condominium complex known as Atlantis Island several years ago. One of the biggest issues the complex had was access from the mainland to the island, which is currently accomplished by the use of a ferry. Over the past few years the complex has been working on some type of bridge to connect the land and eliminate the ferry. After several rejections, an agreement finally was reached and now a causeway is in the process of being built.  Kevin Brown is the construction manager and he says they haven’t had any issues yet but did have to cover a utility line

Brown says they’ve done extra work on the project due to the Fish Mitigation Plan that they were required to put into the causeway from the Department of Conservation

Brown says they are planning to complete the project sometime between December and February of next year. Rockwood Bank took over the Isla Del Sol project through foreclosure in 2009 and has been working on it since.

Multi-Vehicle Accident Over The Weekend

accidentA multi-vehicle accident caused parts of Highway 7 to close for a short period of time over the weekend and sent one to the hospital in serious condition. According to the Highway Patrol, 67 year old Vernon Illum of Shawnee Kansas had stopped his 2013 ford F-150 pickup in the southbound lane of Highway 7 for an unknown vehicle. 60 year old Robert Mills of Kansas City could not stop his 1994 Dodge Dakota in time to avoid slamming into Illum’s pickup. And 23 year old Matthew George of Blairstown also could not stop his 2006 Ford F-150 and slammed into Mills’s pickup. A 2001 Chevrolet Suburban driven by 34 year old James Forcum of Independence was able to miss George’s pickup but left the roadway and stopped in a ditch. Robert Mills was transported by ambulance while his passenger, 58 year old Ida Mills, was airlifted by Lifeflight to Lake Regional Hospital.

LOCLG To Host Meeting On HM Plan

Approved LOCLG logoThe Lake of the Ozarks Council of local Government’s Camden County Hazard Mitigation plan update meeting will take place this Tuesday. Items on the agenda include discussion of the plan and its purpose, what the current plan is and why an update is necessary. The group will also discuss why the community needs to be involved, what’s included in the new plan and will begin to draft the plan on site. The Council just completed the plan for Laclede County last month. The meeting will take place at the Mid-County Fire District building in Camdenton at 6pm and is open to the public.

Camden Commission Meeting Tuesday 10AM

3734571-Camden_County_Courthouse_Camdenton_Missouri_CamdentonThe Camden County Commission will be meeting this Tuesday for regular session. Items on their agenda include a public comment meeting at 10:30 along with the Griffin rezoning and a closed session for employee issues. The Commission is also holding a special meeting with McGrath Insurance at 9:30. Tuesday’s regular meeting starts at 10am at the County Courthouse in Camdenton and is open to the public.