The State of Missouri has received some good news regarding the war on drugs. Statistics show Missouri is no longer the methamphetamine capital of the United States and the 25 percent drop year-over-year from 2012 marks the first time that Missouri has less meth incidents than any other state. Law enforcement officials attribute the significant decrease to the many communities that have passed ordinances requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine which in turn limits the amount of meth labs. State lawmakers have also introduced a bill that would make it harder to manufacture the drug. House bill 1787 would lower the monthly limit of psuedoephedrine based medications a person can purchase.
Governor Jay Nixon has signed four telecommunications bills into law. Many of the provisions were found in a telecommunications bill enacted in 2013 but were struck down by a Cole County Judge on procedural grounds. A number of lake area communities have come out in opposition to the legislation due in part to the 19 new restrictions that will now be imposed on the way local governments may regulate cell phone towers. However, telecommunications companies supported the legislation and claimed local regulation hindered expansion of high speed internet service across the State.
Due to a high fire danger, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning today for much of the KRMS listening area. The warning has been issued due to the high potential for gusty winds, low humidity and dry vegetation which means conditions are conducive for a rapid spread of ignited wild land fires. Residents are urged not to burn anything as weather conditions make any outdoor burning difficult to contain and control.
A conditional use permit for a restaurant, pool and gazebo has been approved for Red Head Yacht Club in Lake Ozark. The Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission approved the request but also set some specific guidelines which deal with hours of operation and the fact that there can be no “live” outdoor music. Some area residents had voiced concerns over excessive noise and also stated they did not want their children viewing the bar’s adult swimming pool activities. The property has since been redesigned for noise mitigation and privacy. The conditional use permit was approved at this week’s meeting of the planning and zoning commission.
The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance also known as “LOWA” will be meeting on Monday. A storm water educator from the City of Columbia will discuss managing storm water runoff and the techniques that can be implemented to control excessive runoff. Monday’s meeting will be held at the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection building and starts at 6:30 pm. “LOWA” consists of local residents and seeks to preserve, protect and improve the Lake of the Ozarks, its watershed and natural resources while maintaining the area’s economic, social and environmental health.
Recently, the Village of Four Seasons passed an ordinance that would require dock inspections on newly built or relocated docks. The ordinance requires dock inspections to be done by a licensed inspector hired by the village. A board member of the Village of Four Seasons says they have talked about having other people inspect their docks, but most of the dock inspectors around here are not actually certified:
He says when the state legislature passes the law requiring dock inspectors to be licensed and certified then they will look into allowing other people to inspect the docks at the village.