Road Work for the Week of December 19th

Here’s a check of the road work in Camden County. The 54 Expressway is complete, periodic lane closures may happen eastbound as crews work on guard rail. On old Route 5 between Route 7 and the Laclede County line, and on Route A between Route 54 and Route 7, one lane will be open in each area this week for roadway maintenance.

Looking at road work in Miller County the new Route 242 is open to traffic. Delays can be expected on the route as crews add striping around concrete islands and tape at intersections. And on Route 42 between Route 54 and Route 17, one lane will be open Monday through Wednesday of this week for roadway maintenance.

There is no road work scheduled this week for Morgan County.

Kahrs Steps Down as Board President

The city of Osage Beach has a new board president.

Last night Alderman Steve Kahrs unexpectedly stepped down from the post that he had held for the past five years.

The Ward 2 Alderman made a motion to step down as president and nominated Ward 1 Alderman Ron Schmitt for the post. The board voted and approved Schmitt’s nomination unanimously.

Also last night the second reading of the budget passed 5 to 1 with Kahrs casting the lone no vote.

Ameren Will Workshop Boundary Proposal

Ameren Missouri will hold two public workshops in January to talk with the public and resource agencies about the project boundary.

The workshops will be held Tuesday, January 3rd at the Inn at the Grand Glaize on the parkway in Osage Beach and Thursday, January 5th at the Lake West Christian Academy in Sunrise Beach on Highway 5. Both workshops are set to last from six to eight.

Ameren is planning to put the boundary at the 662 elevation for most lakefront properties with revisions below 662 for encroaching dwellings. In a statement the company says the boundary will not change in certain areas, including project facilities, public recreation sites, historic sites, sensitive resource areas, and state parks.

If you are unable to attend the workshops and would like to comment you can e-mail Ameren at or call 573-365-7203.

The proposal can be found at

More Signage Requested for Expressway

MoDOT is looking into signage for the 54 Expressway for the city of Osage Beach.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony this week Mayor Penny Lyons talked with David Silvester who leads MoDOT’s Central District.

Reflecting on the completed route, Lyons said at last night’s meeting that the road was controversial and not easy to build. In her ten years of involvment there have been many strategic meetings.

Even on the one way couple.

The city takes over maintenance of the Osage Beach Parkway from MoDOT late in 2012.

Paul’s and Hy-Vee Team Up to Feed Friends

Hy-Vee and all three Paul’s Supermarkets are joining together this Friday and Saturday in an effort to help three local food pantries.

Steven Herman from Paul’s says the two grocers had separate charity events and decided this year to shelve their regular competition.

When you go to the registers today and tomorrow at the Hy-Vee or Paul’s, ask to make a donation to “Friends Feeding Friends”.

Senator Blunt Files SHORE Act

The Supporting Home Owner Rights Enforcement Act is officially introduced in the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says the SHORE Act will amend the Federal Power Act to require that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission consider private property ownership when issuing and enforcing hydropower project licenses.

Blunt says the federal regulation strategies differ.

The issue of the boundary elevation is something Blunt says will be addressed if necessary.

The SHORE Act is co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, senators Coburn and Inhofe of Oklahoma, and U.S. Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

School Kids Collect 6,000 Pounds of Recycling

Macks Creek third through sixth graders are being recognized for their efforts in newspaper recycling.

Jerry Palmer of Palmer Feed and Recycling in Macks Creek bought a tractor using funding secured through Solid Waste Management District T from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The tractor will be used to load pallets of cardboard and newspaper onto trucks headed to recyclers in Springfield. Palmer says the tractor helps quite a bit with what the students have collected.

Next Tuesday students will be eligible for prizes at a ceremony that will be held at the school.