The City of Laurie Board of Aldermen will meet tonight and discuss changing the police uniform policy. Previously, the city would loan 600 dollars to a new hire for clothes and equipment, but there were occasions when the person would leave the city’s employ before the debt was repaid. Police Chief Shane Edwards is asking Aldermen to approve a new policy, where the city would buy the items and supply them to officers, reimbursing 20 percent toward the purchase of body armor.
Governor Jay Nixon has ordered that the flag of the United States and the Flag of Missouri be flown at half staff at all government building today, in honor of Master Patrolman Jeff Taylor, who was a police officer with the Riverside Police Department. He’s the first responder who was struck by lightning, while serving on the tornado search and rescue operation in Joplin on May 23rd.
The City of Versailles is getting some improvements to the water system. Funding was approved by voters, in the last election. Crews will be putting up security fencing around each of the city’s two wells. Surveyers are looking at aeration equipment, filtration systems and chlorination detention to see if more land will be needed for the chlorination system. The work should be ready for bid before the end of the month.
The Gravois Arm Sewer District Board of Trustees is looking for a new member. Larry Leetch resigned his seat at Monday’s meeting, citing health and personal reasons. Any interested candidates should call the board office at 573-372-0042. The Board will narrow candidates to three, who would appear before the board for interviews. Then, the Board’s recommendation would be sent to the County Commission for a vote.
The Lake of the Ozarks Area Business District advisory board, along with the Tri-County Lodging Association board of directors, has received a grant from the Missouri Division of Tourism Cooperative Marketing Program. Board members will be able to spend almost 335-thousand dollars to market the Lake of the Ozarks on a larger scale and research visitor patterns.
A city official in Joplin says they’ve identified three more individuals who have died from injuries they suffered in the May 22nd tornado. The official death toll from the storm is now at 141.
The City of Laurie has received an emergency siren, donated by L and B Electronics. The Public Works Department will present possible locations for the siren to the Board of Aldermen tonight. Director Ed Young estimates that it will cost the city around five thousand dollars to get it installed and functioning with other warning sirens, and the board will take that funding up, tonight.