St. Robert Electric Rates Going Up

Under a new five-year deal, electric rates in St. Robert are going up by 14.3%. City Administrator Alan Clark told the board of alderman earlier this week the rates would be locked in under the contract at what he called an “exceptional” rate under the circumstances for five years from 2013 to 2018. He says the rates turned out to be lower than previously planned.

More Water Access With Rodeo Change Order

A $10,000 change order gives Camdenton the option to dig deeper for water.

Huey Construction will add a submersible pump to the Rodeo well and drill over five hundred feet deeper down than originally planned to 1,500 feet. City Administrator Brenda Colter says by not using a turbine pump the city has options.

Colter believes this will be the final change before the project is complete.

Total bill with the change order is now just over $342,000.

Filings and Breakdown of New Missouri House Seats

The new 124th Missouri House seat unoffically has two Republican candidates.

Northern Camden County and southern Miller County will have Rocky Miller and Carolyn Loraine on their ballot in the August primary.

Miller is an engineer, surveyor, and former director of the Missouri School Board Association from Tuscumbia. Loraine is the former Presiding Commissioner for Camden County. She says she expects more names.

Camden County’s southern half, including Camdenton, is now in the 123rd district with the eastern part of Laclede County and part of Lebanon. The representative for the former 155th District, Diane Franklin, is expected to run for the 123rd seat.

Loraine says the redistricting works for her.

Northern Miller County is cut in three by the 58th, 59th, and 62nd Missouri House districts. The 58th district covers all of Morgan, part of Miller, and part of Moniteau County.

First day of official candidate filing for state seats is February 28th.

Breakfast With Santa Sunday

Kids and their families are invited to breakfast with Santa and the Camden County Relay for Life.

Jenny Adams is the chairperson for the Sunday event at Tan-Tar-A and says in addition to breakfast and Kris Kringle, kids will have some fun.

The breakfast is $5 and lasts from 11 to 2.

Information about the year of fund raising is also going to be available.

The 2012 Camden County Relay for Life happens June 1st at the Big Surf Water Park.

April Municipal Filing Opens Tuesday the 13th

Filing opens next Tuesday the 13th for the 2012 April municipal elections.

To qualify for mayor you must be 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the city at filing and for at least one year prior to the election. You must also owe no back taxes and be a registered voter. For alderman you must be at least 21.

Filing for the April 10th municipal election is open until January 17th.

State Attorneys General Settle With Wachovia

Missouri will receive part of $60 million dollars from Wells Fargo and its successor Wachovia for anti-competitive municipal bond derivatives schemes.

The bond derivatives are contracts that tax exempt issuers use to reinvest proceeds of bond sales until funds are needed or to hedge against interest rate risk.

Back in April of 2008 state A.G.’s began investigating allegations that large financial institutions were engaged in deceptive, unfair, and fraudulent practices in the municipal bonds derivatives market. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says Wachovia was engaged in bid rigging, non-competitive bidding, and fraudulent certifications of complaince file in violation of U.S. Treasury rules.

Wachovia will eventually pay states a total of $148 million dollars as a result of the settlement.

Candidates Announce for New Lake Area House Seat

Two longtime Lake Area residents have declared their candidacy for the newly-created 124th district Missouri House of Representatives seat.

One of them is former Camden County Presiding Commissioner Carolyn Loraine. Her experience includes being the first woman elected to School of the Osage Board of Education in 1988 and serving for 16 years, including five as President of the Board. In 2002, Loraine was elected Presiding Commissioner of Camden County, a position she held for eight years.

Fellow Republican Rocky Miller is also running for the 124th district seat. Miller is a professional engineer, land surveyor, and licensed water and wastewater plant operator. He is a former director of the Missouri School Board Association.

More candidates are expected to enter the race before the first day of filing, February 28th.