A two vehicle crash over the weekend on Highway 42 in Miller County takes the life of three people. The Missouri Highway Patrol says on Saturday night, a SUV driven by 29-year old Ashley Burns of Linn Creek crossed the center line just west of Hawken Cemetery Road and hit another SUV driven by 51-year old Kenneth Crockett of Eldon head on. Burns, Crockett and a passenger in Crockett’s vehicle, 55-year old Tammy Luttrell of Iberia were all pronounced dead at the scene by the Miller County coroner. The Highway Patrol says that no one in either vehicle was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
Construction of phase one of the Sunrise Beach wastewater treatment system is set to begin Dec. 9. The board of trustees finished up financial paperwork with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and pre-construction details at a special meeting Nov. 25. In addition to collection pipe, phase one will include an extended-aeration treatment plant with a capacity of 50,000 gallons per day and potential for future expansion. The plans for phase one have a total scope of $2.5 million with $1,820,475 roughly 75 percent coming from a DNR grant. A $750,000 low interest loan from the state revolving fund rounds out the financing package.
A reminder for your trans[ortation needs this week. Route 5 at the Hurricane Deck Bridge will be completely closed in both directions for approximately fifteen minutes on Thursday, December 5, as crews take down a portion of the old bridge. Crews will be blasting a 740-foot section of the old Hurricane Deck Bridge at 11 a.m., and the area must be cleared for approximately 10 minutes prior to about five minutes after the blast. Water traffic will be prohibited in a 1,500-foot radius from the bridge for approximately one hour, starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending at approximately 11:30 a.m. People in watercraft who want to travel under the bridge should plan their trip accordingly. Once the area is secured, the span from the north end of the old bridge to the second pier in the water will be blasted and around one million pounds of steel from the truss will be dropped into the Lake of the Ozarks. Crews will then sweep the new Hurricane Deck Bridge to clear any debris before reopening the highway to traffic.
It’s that time of the year for the music that warms your hearts…The Lake Area Community Orchestra will have its first of six performances of the winter season Sunday with a concert at Community Christian Church in Camdenton. Performances will take place Sunday and Tuesday evenings the first three weeks in December. If your excited about the event all concerts start at 7 p.m. The concerts have no admission fee, but donations will be accepted. More than 40 musicians ranging in age from high school to the 70’s make up this orchestra and come from many communities surrounding the Lake of the Ozarks area and as far away as California and Jefferson City.
How many times have you driven in the city limits of Laurie and been frustrated with bad roads? Almost 10 years since the initial paving, roadway conditions in the City of Laurie have begun deteriorating and depressions, cracks and potholes mar several spots along the eight miles of city streets. With citizen complaints earlier in the year about potholes, depressions and cracks marring several spots on city streets, the Laurie Board of Aldermen has been looking at what it can do with a limited budget to make improvements.
While the fund does not have money to repair all bad places or do maintenance on all streets, the board decided to stretch an unspent $15,000 in the fund to do some of the worst spots. APAC has repaired two bad spots at Osage Ave. and Indian Lake Ave. at the entrance to Indian Rock Golf Course and a large deficiency on Fairgrounds Drive. The company also crack sealed several lineal feet on Lake Trail Rd. and Laurie Heights Drive. The estimate for the work was just over $15,000, according to Young, but the final bill has not yet been submitted to the city.
With so many residents heading out to begin their holiday shopping this weekend, the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce and other local business groups are asking local residents to “shop small” on Small Business Saturday. The “shop small” concept is part of a nationwide effort to recognize small business and the contribution those small businesses make in a community. Statistically, it is estimated the 52 cents of every dollar spent in a small business stays in the local community. In 2012, consumers spent $5.5 billion what consumers spent in 2012 on Small Business Saturday. According to Camdenton Chamber of Commerce officials, Small Business Saturday® was created in 2010 in response to small business owners’ need for more customers.
The Sunrise Beach TIF Commission hearing on a proposed amendment to the terms of the Sunrise Beach Market Center tax increment financing plan has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Headquarters, 30 Porter Mill Spring Rd. The developers of Sunrise Beach Market Center Supermarket Developers, Inc. are seeking to extend the TIF due to cost overruns in the excavation budget for the site. Under state statute, a TIF district allows a portion of future taxes generated by a designated development to pay for certain project costs. In this case, the TIF is funding site development and professional fees. The project was originally estimated at $15.64 million with the TIF to be concluded in 2030 – a period of 17 years. The proposed extension would lengthen the TIF to 18-20 years.