It was standing-room-only during this week’s special meeting of the Osage Beach Board of Alderman. Rumors had been circulating that the city might reduce employee benefits and cut a dispatcher position in the communications department. However, it was reported that the city is not cutting a dispatcher. During the 90-minute meeting, the city did review employee benefits and other budget issues and discussed recommendations that could impact employee benefits including insurance, retirement and disability pay. A proposed flex time policy and changes to holiday pay were also discussed. The Osage Beach Board of Alderman will be meeting again tonight at 6:30 for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
State lawmakers have given final approval to an income tax cut for individuals and business owners. However, Governor Jay Nixon may veto the proposed measure. The Governor rejected a tax cut last year and has voiced concerns that this year’s legislation could jeopardize funding for public schools and services. The bill would gradually cut the state’s individual income tax rate from 6 percent to 5-point-5 percent and phase in a new 25 percent deduction for business income reported on personal tax returns. The tax cuts would begin in 2017, but only if state revenues rise by at least $150-million dollars.
Missouri’s Unemployment Rate was up during the month of March, even though the size of payrolls also grew. The Department of Economic Development is reporting that the jobless rate grew to 6.7 percent from 6.4 percent the previous month. Employers added a total of 35-hundred jobs in March with construction, education and health services seeing the greatest increase.
A Camdenton teen has been informally charged with involuntary manslaughter following a car crash that killed his father Tuesday afternoon. Allegedly, witnesses say Jason Kennedy and his son Weldon Kennedy were racing on Lakeview Drive when Jason Kennedy hit a UPS truck head on while trying to pass his sons car. Jason Kennedy was not wearing a seat belt and was killed instantly. The investigation is continuing, and further charges could be pending. This is Troop “F’s” 2nd fatality for the month of April.
A proposed 22 acre development on bittersweet road by Shady/Lazy Gators owner Gary Prewitt will be voted on by the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission today. In March, local residents voiced strong support for the proposed development that would include a satellite parking lot for the gators complex, a general store and deli and overnight rental cabins. However, a vocal minority at the commission’s March meeting resulted in the issue being moved to tonight’s meeting which starts 5:30. KRMS News will cover the decision live during the Ozarks Today with John Rogger.
A number of officials and community leaders were on hand for a fundraising kickoff yesterday in the City of Laurie for its new welcome sign. The new sign is expected to cost between thirty and forty thousand dollars and will be located on the property next to the Shrine of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on highway five. The sign is a one-half scale of the Lake of the Ozarks sign on highway 54 and according to Mayor Herb Keck, will be a reflection of the city’s attempt to upgrade the overall appearance of the community in a highlighting manner. Citizens interested in making a donation may contact city hall or go online at: city of laurie dot com.
The Lebanon Police Department has closed the locker room assault case at Lebanon High School. After an investigation, police determined that not everything initially reported actually happened that day in the high school locker room. On Friday evening, the mother of a male student told law enforcement that her son had been assaulted by another male student in a locker room and that several other students would not let him leave. It was also reported that the other teens left the boy lying on the floor after the attack.