Two Fires Happen at Same Time in Osage Beach

A busy weekend for firefighters in Osage Beach.  On Friday evening, crews responded to two simultaneous fires. The first was the report of a fire outside of a local Music Theatre with building occupied. Upon arrival crews found a small fire on deck outside and were able to quickly bring fire under control. The second was a flu fire that extended through the roof of a building. Crews made an aggressive attack while ventilating the roof and were able to bring fire under control with limited damage. Osage Beach was assisted by Lake Ozark Fire while Mid County Fire moved an Engine Company into Station 2 to cover the District.

Seatbelt use is Missouri could be better

New numbers released from the Missouri Department of Transportation show that Missouri’s percentage of seat belt users is below the national average. According to MoDOT, seat belt use in Missouri is around 79 percent, compared to the national average of 85 percent. The Missouri number comes from a statewide survey about two weeks after the annual “Click it or Ticket” campaign this past spring. Teen seat belt use in Missouri increased one percent from 66 percent last year to 67 percent this year.

LOCLG seeks regional planner

The Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments is looking for a regional planner for the second time in a few months. The organization had recently hired Andy Draper to fill its second of two regional planner positions after terminating the employment of Mac McNally this summer for unspecified reasons. The staff of two regional planners, fiscal officer and administrative assistant are headed by Executive Director Linda Conner who was named to her position in January 2013 after serving as interim director since August 2012.
The council serves the counties of Camden, Miller, Morgan and Laclede. Projects currently being worked on by LOCLG staff include hazard mitigation plans for Laclede, Miller and Morgan counties, sewer expansion in Camden County.

Missouri to pay higher unemployment

Missouri businesses will continue to pay higher unemployment taxes next year in order to pay down a state debt to the federal government. Missouri began borrowing from the federal government in 2008 to pay jobless benefits after an economic downturn drained the state’s unemployment benefits trust fund. That debt has remained outstanding for several years.
Businesses would normally pay $42 per employee per year under the federal unemployment benefits tax. Missouri is one of 13 states being hit with a tax higher rate to help pay down its federal loan.

Nixon slects chief medical officer

Gov. Nixon has selected the chief medical officer for the Missouri Department of Mental Health to lead the state’s Medicaid health care program. Joe Parks will take over as director of the MO HealthNet Division of the Department of Social Services starting Dec. 16. He replaces Ian McCaslin, who left that position in May after serving as director since August 2007.
The MO HealthNet Division oversees a Medicaid program that provides health coverage to about 850,000 lower-income children, custodial parents, disabled residents and seniors.

Missouri below average in seat belt use

New numbers released from the Missouri Department of Transportation show that Missouri’s percentage of seat belt users is below the national average. According to MoDOT, seat belt use in Missouri is around 79 percent, compared to the national average of 85 percent. The Missouri number comes from a statewide survey about two weeks after the annual “Click it or Ticket” campaign this past spring. Teen seat belt use in Missouri increased one percent from 66 percent last year to 67 percent this year.

LOCLG seeks new leader

The Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments is looking for a regional planner for the second time in a few months. The organization had recently hired Andy Draper to fill its second of two regional planner positions after terminating the employment of Mac McNally this summer for unspecified reasons. The staff of two regional planners, fiscal officer and administrative assistant are headed by Executive Director Linda Conner who was named to her position in January 2013 after serving as interim director since August 2012.
The council serves the counties of Camden, Miller, Morgan and Laclede. Projects currently being worked on by LOCLG staff include hazard mitigation plans for Laclede, Miller and Morgan counties, sewer expansion in Camden County.