The Stoutland school board of education will be meeting Thursday. Items on the agenda include a bid for trash services, updating the board’s policies and adding a step to the pay scale for longevity. The board is also holding a public hearing to set the tax levy rate. The district is looking at setting the rate to $2.75 per hundred dollars assessed valuation. Thursday’s meeting starts at 6:30 at the school’s central office.
State regulators have denied a request from the State’s largest electricity consumer to cut the rate it’s charged by Ameren Missouri. Noranda Aluminum in New Madrid wanted the public service commission to approve a request to have their rate cut by 25%. In a 5-0 vote Wednesday the Commission said it was not persuaded by Noranda’s assertion of a liquidity crisis that put the future of the smelter at risk.
The Missouri Attorney General’s office is warning Lake area residents about a telephone consumer scam. The office has received recent reports from across the state of scam telephone calls appearing from a 202 area code. According to reports, scammers leave threatening voice mail messages urging the consumer to call back or face severe consequences. Attorney General Kris Koster says the scammers claim to be from federal agencies such as the I.R.S., attempting to collect an unpaid debt and asking for personal financial information. The calls appear to originate from the Washington D.C. area but according to Koster the use of spoofing technology means the calls are probably from overseas.
A number of items are on the agenda for this weeks meeting of the Osage Beach Board of Alderman. The board will consider and act on the An amendment to city code chapter 125 regarding human resources system (personnel) rules and regulations then a bill that would authorize the mayor to execute a contract modification with Hutchins telecom, inc. For the city park irrigation controllers. Finally a bill that would award the construction contract for the storm damage repairs at the Osage Beach city park. The meeting takes place Thursday at city hall beginning at 6:30pm and is open to the public.
Police arrested a man Tuesday for urinating in front of students and teachers in the parking lot of the middle school campus in the Eldon school district. The suspect ignored request made by the school resource officer and was arrested at gunpoint. He was then transported to the Miller County Jail and is being held for violating his probation and parole. The suspect could also face several other charges as police are seeking warrants for D.W.I., driving while revoked, littering and possession of an open container of alcohol. School Superintendent Matt Davis notified parents immediately that an issue had occurred and that police had taken care of it. The individuals name has yet to be released at this time.
The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection district is announcing that their ISO rating for the community has increased slightly. Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly says it’s not as high as they were anticipating but they are pleased none the less. Reilly is attempting to get the rating brought down from a class 5 to a class 4 which would save residents even more on their homeowner’s insurance costs. According to the ISO, areas that need improvement include internal training, community risk reduction, revision of fire codes to emulate current national codes and specialized training in terms of public education. Reilly believes the department can achieve these goals and has set a time frame of 12-14 months to accomplish them.
Following a recent public meeting for the Gravois fire protection district, trustees for the district approved the 2014 operating budget tax levy that had been discussed in detail. According to Fire Chief Ed Hancock, this is a formal process required by the state. The district’s tax levy is based on voter approved rates that depend greatly on new developments, which unfortunately have been severely stagnant since the downfall of the economy in 2008. Due to the lack of development, the rate has remained low which prohibits Chief Hancock from hiring additional personal needed to protect the citizens of the community. The board did approve to allow Chief Hancock to negotiate a mutual aid agreement with Sunrise Beach fire and Gravois fire to help lighten the load.