The Lake of the Ozarks council of local governments economic development advisory committee is meeting today (Tuesday). On the agenda is an entrepreneurship assessment presentation from Brian Tapp of the institute for regional innovation and entrepreneurship. A report on survey participation and results will also be given and the committee will discuss data analysis and draft a copy of the regional assessment distribution date. Today’s meeting is being held at the Laclede county library beginning at 2 o’clock. The LOCLG serves the residents of Camden, Morgan, Miller and Laclede counties.
The Lodge of Four Seasons will soon know whether or not it will officially become part of the Village of Four Seasons. A public hearing regarding the request for voluntary annexation was held last week and a required 14 day public comment period is now taking place. No objections to the proposed annexation were raised during the hearing and the Village board of trustees also voted unanimously to join a statewide clean energy district and to allow the state to issue bonds to the Lodge as part of a green community program. The public comment period regarding the proposed annexation ends December 17th.
About a dozen people were on hand Sunday for a brief memorial service for 20 year old Brandon Ellingson that was held at the Camden on the lake resort in Lake Ozark. Vigils were also held in Iowa and Arizona for Ellingson who drowned while in the custody of the Highway Patrol’s water division in May. His family has also filed a lawsuit in federal court against the highway patrol seeking unspecified damages on eight counts including negligent training and civil right violations.
Van Dee says he would like to see the city’s financial condition continue to improve in the New Year. Other goals include improved efficiency and a more proactive approach to seeing things happen in the community.
The Pulaski County sheriff’s department is asking for help from Lake Area residents in locating a wanted man. Robert “Bobby” Knapp is wanted for possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest by fleeing, causing substantial risk of injury or death. Police also call Knapp a “person of interest” in other crimes and consider him to be armed and dangerous. He’s described as a white male about 5’9’’, 180 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.
The 2015 budget for the city of Osage Beach is down a little bit from the previous year. The city’s board of alderman gave first round approval recently for a budget in the amount of just over $27.5 million dollars. That’s an increase of nearly a million dollars from two years ago but a decrease of nearly two million dollars from last year. One of the main reasons for the decrease is that there are fewer projects anticipated for 2015. This year, the city’s focus has been on fixing the storm damage done to the city park in 2013. Some of the projects scheduled for next year include repainting the water tower and purchasing a new ambulance.
A Pulaski County man who was assaulted last week has died of his injuries. 41 year old Justin Young was assaulted last week at his residence and then taken to an area hospital for treatment of what police first thought were moderate injuries. However, young’s condition worsened throughout the week and he died over the weekend. Police are treating his death as a homicide and expect one or more arrests this week.