In a standing room only crowd of concerned citizens, the mid county fire protection district board approved waiting 30-days before proceeding with the decommissioning of their three district fire stations; station no. 3, located on state road AA, station no. 5 on old south highway 5, and station no. 6 on state road d. In December, the board had approved closing the stations due to budget constraints and a failed 12-cent levy increase. If closed, persons who live within five miles from the stations will pay up to two times higher insurance premiums due to higher ISO ratings. Also during the meeting, constituents suggested merging MCFPD and the city of Camdenton fire departments and sharing assets, tax revenues and firefighters. The fire chiefs were interested in talking about a merge but the city officials have yet to come on board. Finishing off the meeting the board accepted the resignation of deputy chief/fire marshal Chris Bachmann.
The main route of transportation for Missouri is in need of major repairs, but funding could create some problems. The Missouri highway and transportation commission leaders met on Wednesday to discuss what needs to be done to Interstate 70 to make it safer for drivers. The first priority is adding an additional lane in order to create more room for travel, however coming up with the funds for these repairs will be difficult. The funding for road work comes from gas fuel tax, and that hasn’t increased since 1992. Federal funding has also been cut meaning Missouri roads are now getting 71 million dollars less per year. Adding another lane to I-70 would cost close to two billion dollars, and could take about a decade to complete. Leaders are now looking for other ways to get funding for the project.
A local organization is recognizing January as national stalking awareness month. Citizens against domestic violence have joined the campaign, “stalking: know it. Name it. Stop it,” to spread more awareness around the lake area. Angie Fiene, executive director of citizens against domestic violence says most people don’t even think of stalking as a threat, but it is real, and it comes in many different forms:
Fiene says, although there are not any statistics on cases in the lake area, the CADV did deal with some cases last year.
She says 6.6 million victims are affected by stalking nation wide each year. For more information please contact citizens against domestic violence at 573-346-9630 or visit their website at www.cadv-voc.org.
Camdenton will soon have a new city administrator. During an executive session this week, the city’s board of alderman voted to hire J. Jeff Hancock who currently lives in Nebraska. He is originally from this area and was hired as Camdenton’s first city administrator in 1976. Camdenton Mayor John McNabb says he is excited to have Hancock on board.
McNabb says she will be missed.
Hancock who has over 36 years of municipal government experience will also be in charge of the city’s economic development. He will be moving back home from the state of Nebraska and will officially begin his duties as the Camdenton city administrator on February 10th.
Following Schools are on Snow Routes for Today:
Schools that are Closed
Iberia R5 & Head Start
The Camden county commission meets this morning at ten o’clock. The commission meeting will be held at the courthouse in Camdenton and is open to the public.
The trial of a former Pulaski county high school soccer coach will now be held in Texas County. 37 year old Kevin Zimmerman of Crocker is charged with multiple felonies after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a female student. Zimmerman was arrested in October 2013 following an investigation by the Crocker police dept. Zimmerman was the girl’s soccer coach at Crocker high school when authorities allege an inappropriate relationship took place with the minor throughout 2012 and 2013 while the girl was a high school senior. Zimmerman is charged with three felony counts of having sexual contact with a student by a teacher. In a Wednesday court hearing Zimmerman trial was changed to Texas County. No new court date has been set. Zimmerman remains free on bond.