Charges have been filed against a Versailles man in connection with a burglary that occurred back in July. Police found 45 year old Joseph Melendez to be in possession of nine handguns… five Glocks, three Rugers, and one Taurus, all of which the serial numbers matched to handguns that were stolen from Ozark Gun and Pawn in Versailles. Altogether, Melendez faces 20 different charges in the burglary, including unlawful possession of a firearm, stealing a firearm, first degree burglary, and first degree property damage.
A Camdenton employee was recognized during last night’s Board of Aldermen meeting for his dedication and support toward the city. Bill Jeffries, the Public Works Director, was presented with the Municipal Service Award to recognize his 20 years of service to the city of Camdenton. Mayor John McNabb says being able to recognize employees for their dedication to the community is one of his favorite things to do.
In the Lake Area alone last year, hunters killed almost 9,000 deer. So, it’s no secret that the population is fairly heavy in the area. It has also become apparent that the deer are becoming more active and sightings along the road are becoming more common this time of year. Jim Braithwait, with the Missouri Department of Conservation, says that’s not usual.
Braithwait says, with breeding season coming in Mid-November, the sightings will increase until that point and then peak.
A number of topics came up during the Eldon R-1 School Board Meeting Monday night. According to Cheyanne Uptergrove, the Board Secretary, one of the biggest topics was the proposal for a new tax rate.
Other topics brought up during the meeting included the approval of the bus route, the ground maintenance bid, and a discussion to add baseball and softball fields to the Mustang Memorial Park.
It was a pretty quick meeting for the Stover Board of Aldermen meeting Monday night. One of the tasks the handled was issuing a proclamation for the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through education. The city of Stover issues them a proclamation every year to declare an American Revolution week. They will also be issued a proclamation next Tuesday, the 23rd by the city of Eldon. The mayor will be presenting them with the proclamation at 5:45, right before their Board of Aldermen meeting.
The need for additional oversight of court accounting procedures and case records highlights several concerns about the Linn Creek Municipal Court operation. That’s according to a state audit released on Monday. In the audit, additional supervisory reviews of accounting records were recommended mainly because the court office is a one person operation collecting court monies and recording transactions. The audit also found the case management system is lacking supporting judicial orders, a number of case files are missing and stronger password controls need to be implemented. Overall, the Linn Creek Municipal Court received a performance rating of “fair.” The audit was conducted as part of the Municipal Courts Initiative which expands the standard court audit process.
It’s been a topic which has failed to gain any momentum for the past 15 years or so. That is, until now. The Camdenton Board of Aldermen, Tuesday night, was formally presented with the question of whether the city fire department should merge with the Mid-County Fire District. Mayor John McNabb says there are two main reasons to go forward with the merger.
McNabb went on to say that change is sometimes hard but sometimes for the best. The Mid-County Fire District is staffed 24-7 while the Camdenton City Fire Department has paid personnel during business hours and then dependent on volunteers outside of those hours and weekends. No action was taken on the merger but will be a future topic during another board of aldermen meeting.