The Lake Ozark Fire Protection District responded to a report of a house fire, last night on Leisure Road off of Route W. About 8 o’clock, calls came in that smoke was coming from a building. It was in the kitchen of the home, and crews were able to contain the blaze. Minor damage was reported.
The Lake of the Ozarks has gotten some help with promoting itself as a tourist destination. The Missouri Division’s awarded over $300,000 to the Tri-County Lodging Association. The TCLA serves as the Designated Marketing Organization of the lake area and applied for matching marketing funds in five categories: destination advertising, convention marketing, research, public relations and leisure travel marketing. Matching funds will come from the TCLA and Area Business Districts. The funds will help advertise and promote the lake on a larger scale than normally would be feasible. The main goal of the program is to bring more visitors to the lake, to increase tourism revenues for accommodation facilities, restaurants, attractions, golf courses and retail stores.
In May, members of the Lake West, Camdenton Area and Lake Area Chambers of Commerce were surveyed to explore the interest of a potential merger of the three organizations. 44.5% favor the three Chambers working cooperatively, 55.5% favor a new Lake of the Ozarks Chamber of Commerce, by merging the three Chambers. Based on the survey and comments received, the task force has decided that Lake of the Ozarks would be better served by having the three chambers working cooperatively rather than merging the three. The task force meet in July to talk future collaborative efforts, including an annual retreat with all three chambers to develop a strategic plan for the area.
Developer Ralph Laughlin’s presented the Pulaski County Commission with two more streets to the Pulaski County for acceptance at their meeting yesterday. The commission will decide on accepting Lockhart and Lucas Streets.
The proposed smoking ban in Osage Beach is still an active issue. The city has developed a survey to to determine a consensus opinion from residents, business owners and visitors. The smoking ban survey is online, at www.osagebeach.org, and copies are available at City Hall for those without internet access. The deadline to respond is July 5th. After that, the results will be tabulated and reviewed by the Board of Aldermen to determine the next step.
Tomorrow, don’t be alarmed if you see a slouched body lurching toward you. The second annual Zombie Walk to benefit Lebanon COPE House will start at Northside Machine Works on Commercial Street about five o’clock and continue downtown. After the walk, there is a Zombie Prom at the Elks Lodge.
The Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department wraps up a construction project at Nelson Park, this week. Crews are making improvements to the skate park, which used to be a tennis court. Cement trucks have been pouring concrete for a new surface, for the last few days and should finish up today, but the public is asked to keep off the new surface until it’s ready and renovations are complete.