Fall is shaping up to be a busy time for the Sunrise Beach Police Department. Officers responded to nearly 200 calls throughout the month of September issuing 74 citations and 35 warnings. The Village’s Board of Trustees also recently accepted the resignation of part time Police Officer Jared Renyer and approved the sale of the department’s oldest police vehicle. The 2008 Malibu will be sold as part of efforts to cut down on expenses.
The phase one sewer project in Sunrise Beach is nearing completion. The last property to be connected to the village sewer is the First Baptist church. There are also a few minor punch items to be completed in order to finalize the project. The Village’s Board of Trustees also approved a change order of over $4,100 to shore up the drive and culvert at the sewer plant and over $5,200 to install a grease trap at a local restaurant.
An open forum will be held during Monday’s meeting of the school of the Osage Board of Education. The board is also expected to consider bids for phases one thru three of the district’s tech infrastructure. In other business, updates will be given on the strategic plan along with construction and change orders. The board may also go into closed session to discuss personnel matters. Monday’s meeting begins at six o’clock at the district’s heritage building archive room.
The November election is just two weeks away and Lake Area residents will weigh in on several issues. Voters will decide whether to amend the State Constitution in regards to sex crime prosecution, early voting and Governor Nixon’s budget recommendations. However, Amendment three seems to be the issue gaining the most interest. Missouri could become the first state to tie student learning to teacher evaluations in its State Constitution. The measure would require a majority of teachers’ evaluation scores be based on student performance. The group sponsoring the initiative recently announced it won’t be campaigning for the Amendment after public opinion polling showed a lack of support.
Nominations are being accepted to serve on the Camden County University of Missouri Extension Council. Among other things, Council members help with planning and promoting extension programs in the County. There are positions open in districts one, two and three, and the upcoming election will take place in January. Nominations to the council must be in by November 18th.
A former Lake Ozark Police Department dispatcher who has been battling cancer has passed away this weekend. According to the Lake Ozark Police Department’s Facebook Page, Matthew Whitchurch was with the department for seven years. The department had been collecting donations for Matthew as he battled the cancer but unfortunately succumbed to it over this weekend. Whitchurch previously served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Before his death, residents had donated over $1,160 dollars to his gofundme donation page. He was a single father and leaves behind his child.
The city of Laurie has announced that they presently have a positive cash flow above $68,000.00 following several cuts to expenses and curb spending. The city in 2014 has received over $9,000.00 more than last year. During the Board of Alderman meeting, officials announced several new businesses that will start to open in November including a restaurant and a possible new indoor shooting range pending completion of the restaurant. The street projects on Missouri BLVD and Dogwood Lane have been completed. Seven more roads have now been added to the list to be repaired. As far as the new sidewalks are concerned, officials approved applying for a grant and approved Phase 3 from the city budget.