A public hearing on a proposed water rate increase is being held Monday in Sunrise Beach by the Board of Trustees. This is the second hearing on the controversial issue in which several business owners have voiced their concerns. The original proposal called for a 70 percent increase in the commercial rate. After hearing from businesses, the board held work sessions to find another way to cover the water system expenses and came up with a new proposal which would raise rates 15 percent for both residential and commercial users. Monday public hearing begins at 5:30 pm at the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Administration building located on Highway 5.
Last Tuesday’s primary may be over and a number of local races and Constitutional Amendments decided, but now Lake area voters are gearing up to decide the fate of four more state Constitutional Amendments when they head back to the polls in a few months. Voters will decide whether to amend the State Constitution in regards to sex crime prosecution, teacher tenure, early voting and Governor Nixon’s budget recommendations. Amendments 2, 3, 6 and 10 will decided on November 4th and the ballot language for each measure can be found by visiting the secretary of state’s website at http://sos.mo.gov
A new report shows Missouri is out in front, leading the nation in the number of people dropped from the rolls of its Medicaid program. New figures released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show the state’s Medicaid enrollment dropped by over 37 thousand people in June, compared with its average enrollment from July thru September of last year. Missouri is one of only four states that reported enrollment declines during that period, which coincided with the launch of new online insurance marketplaces as required under the federal health care law.
General Highway Maintenance continues this week across the Lake area. According to MODOT, roadwork will take place in Miller County beginning Monday on route 87 between route “P” and route “A” in Moniteau County, as well as on route “Y” between 52 and the end of state maintenance in Morgan County. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic thru the work areas.
A legal challenge to Missouri’s Gay Marriage ban returns to court Tuesday in St. Louis. The city issued marriage licenses to four same sex couples in June setting up the legal challenge. However, city officials have agreed to stop issuing any additional marriage licenses pending resolution of the case and others in state and federal courts. Tuesday’s proceeding is listed in online court records as a “status hearing.” Last week, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster intervened in a separate case moving an ACLU challenge on behalf of two same sex couples who were denied marriage licenses from state to federal court.
A pair of public hearings will be held Tuesday during the scheduled meeting of the Camdenton Planning and Zoning Commission. The first hearing is being held to consider rezoning a property from a C-2 highway commercial district to an R-3 multi-family residential as submitted by Jackson Media. The second hearing is in regards to rezoning property owned by Thomas Matusik from R-1 single-family residential to C-2 highway commercial. Under new business, the commission will consider a request for a lot boundary adjustment between two lots located on Linn Street and will also discuss the city’s comprehensive plan. Tuesday’s meeting begins at 5:30 pm in city hall.
The increased presence of Black Bears in the Lake area has been in the news a lot lately. Especially with the recent deaths of two Bears, one in the Versailles area and the other in Laclede County, the question being asked by some local residents is where did they originally come from? University of Missouri researcher, Emily Pucket has answer for us.
Pucket says the re-introduction program took place over fifty years ago and was initiated because it was thought that the bears had become extinct in parts of the region.