As cold temperatures continue across the state, low income residents in the lake area are getting help staying warm. Governor Jay Nixon has announced that the Missouri Department of Social Services is making more than $4.5 million dollars in additional federal funds available to help low income Missourians stay warm thru the low income home energy assistance program. The program helps those in need with home heating bills.
The ongoing saga between Gary Prewitt and the Shady and Lazy Gators complex with Camden County has taken yet another turn as the Judge assigned to the counter case submitted just before end of the year has denied their request. In 2014 Prewitt and Glacier Park Investments requested before Judge Ralph Jaynes a default judgment over $2 million dollars among other requests. Camden County filed a suit earlier in 2014 forcing Lazy Gators to cease from operations, which according to the court documents will keep the place closed indefinitely. Prewitt said in a written statement that “We are of course disappointed by the judge’s ruling, but not terribly surprised.” Prewitt also stated that the county has spent more than $330,000 of taxpayer money thus far to defend the miszoning of his Gator property and he plans to take this all the way.
The Full Statement from Gary Prewitt is below:
We are of course disappointed by the judge’s ruling, but not terribly surprised.
Camden County has spent more than $330,000 to date defending the absurd miszoning of my Gator property and this is just one more step in the process.
Seven-mile cove has been a commercial area for 40 years. It is currently home to one of the lake’s biggest resorts and before that there were a series of bars in the cove including what is now Shady Gator. Any reasonable person can see that the property should have been zoned commercial in the first place but the county continues to cater to a small group of people who bought houses next to a bar and then complained that there is a bar there. Meanwhile the rest of the county’s residents are deprived of proper use of hundreds of thousands of tax dollars.
I intend to take the legal battle through the appeal process as far as necessary to prove how foolish the county’s zoning of this property is. The county will be spending thousands of tax dollars on legal fees every step of the way. The people of Camden County are being ill served by this ridiculous expenditure of tax dollars to defend the indefensible.
The Morgan County Coroner has released the details in an autopsy conducted on an area woman who was found floating in the Lake back in November of 2014. According to the Coroner, Mr. Jones, the autopsy results for Nancy Reppert show no signs of any foul play, which still leaves several questions into what exactly happened. Reppert had been found by a local resident floating in the 7 mile mark of the Big Niangua. Jones did confirm that the official cause of death was drowning, but the investigation continues into how she ended up in the water.
At Last night’s (Thursday) Osage Beach board of aldermen meeting the idea of creating a connector road from KK to Nichols road for the new school got an accelerated push from the former Dogwood hills golf resort. Gary Mitchell from Dogwood along with Matt Duenke from Duenke properties presented to the board the ability to create the connector road, which has been discussed since the creation of the Osage Beach Elementary school as a second way out and to help ease traffic. But that’s not the only reason says Matt Duenke
The documents presented to the board show that the connector road would run along the old Dogwood property and would be a 2 lane road and would include a 10 inch water line along side of it. The project would be constructed privately but would be turned over for maintenance once completed. The letter of intent and some drawings are here: ROAD CONNECTOR OB
The City of Osage Beach met on Thursday evening for their regular board of aldermen session. Several items were on the agenda, including a presentation by Gary Mitchell about creating a proposed new connecter road through the old Dogwood Hills golf resort from KK to Nichols road, which would help ease traffic going to the new Osage Beach elementary school. Other items included approving a new festival permit procedure for the purpose of temporary outdoor alcohol consumption. The areas approved for this designation include businesses with 1000 ft strip or less of Osage Beach parkway that have a building facing the roadway. Other property will be considered by the Police Chief and city Administrator if requested. Those businesses approved for selling alcohol will have to use an “Event Cup” which will indicate that they’re part of the event and the business will have the ability to close part of the street if needed. Finally the board also approved purchasing real estate for the purpose of storage at the Grand Glaize airport and delayed a motion on a proposed advertising contract with the Tri-County Lodging association for discussion at a later date.
See the new ordinance for festivals here: FESTIVAL ORDINANCE
See the packet about the real estate purchase here: REAL ESTATE PURCHASE
Today (Friday) is now officially “Law Enforcement Day” for the city of Osage Beach after the Mayor and members of the Board of Aldermen made it official at their meeting last night. The proclamation signed into law on Thursday is an effort to take time to appreciate and recognize local law enforcement officers in all levels and to thank them for their time and dedication to public safety. See the official proclamation here: Proclamation for Law Enforcement Appreciation
MSNBC Television was at the Lake recently to film a program called “Caught on Camera” which will feature the tragic accident at the 2014 Shootout that took the life of a racing entrepreneur, Mike Fiore (Fee Or AAA). The accident took most by surprise as the large catamaran lifted into the air and flipped several times, hitting the water at tremendous speed damaging the hull and breaking the seats apart from the inside. Firefighters and emergency crew rescued both Fiore and his partner Joel Begin (Jo El Bejing) from the boat and sent them both to area hospitals where Begin recovered, but following issues with surgery, Fiore did not. MSNBC met with some local firefighters and interviewed Brendan Matthews in studio about the crash along with adding footage shot in HD by KRMS to the program, which is expected to air sometime in March. This was the first ever fatality at the Shootout.