Entire MO Congressional Delegation Joins FERC Fight

All nine members of Missouri’s congressional delegation are sponsoring a bill to protect the property rights of Lake of the Ozarks landowners. The Landowner Protection Act, and similar legislation introduced by both Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill in the Senate, would prohibit the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from enforcing any plan that requires the tearing down of structures along the Lake. Meanwhile, Grassroots opposition is also taking hold. The Lake Area Conservative Club will be holding a town hall meeting Thursday night, aimed at bringing together lakefront property owners at risk of losing their homes. The meeting will take place at the Camdenton High School Little Theater, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday.

Eldon Man Charged With Shooting at Mobile Home

An Eldon man is scheduled to be arraigned in Miller County court today after being arrested for firing a gun at a mobile home on Midway Road last Thursday. The Miller County Sheriff’s Office says 27-year-old Daniel Witt has been charged with eight counts of discharging a firearm rom a motor vehicle. He was arrested walking along a gravel road near his home onm Hilltop Road.

Landowner Protection Act Could Stop FERC

The Landowner Protection Act could be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today. The legislation would amend the Federal Power Act and stop the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from removing any structure from the Lake of the Ozarks unless a structure was knowingly built in a restricted area.

Fourth District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler will introduce the bill in the house after questioning the role of FERC last Friday.

Ninth District Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer has already pledged his support. Hartzler expects full bipartisan backing.

The same legislation was introduced by senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill last week in the U.S. Senate.

New MoDOT Central Distirct Engineer

A Jefferson City man will be taking over MoDOT’s Central District beginning November 1st. David Silvester has been named the district engineer, replacing Kirk Juranas who recently retired. Silvester, a 20 year veteran of the department of transportation, most recently served as assistant district engineer for MoDOT’s northeast district. The central district covers 11,234 square miles, 5,236 miles of state highways, and includes the tri-county area.

Pfizer Will Pay Missouri for Detrol Off-Label Use

Missouri’s Medicaid program will receive over $100,000 from Pfizer after a multi-state settlement. Attorney General Chris Koster says Pfizer marketed its urology drug Detrol for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Detrol was approved back in 1998 for overactive bladder symptoms and used mostly in women but recently the drug had been prescribed for men’s prostate problems.

The total settlement nationwide from Pfizer tops $14 million dollars.

Road Work for the Week of October 24th

Here’s a look at the road work for the week in Camden County. On the 54 Expressway, the eastbound and westbound lane shift to the eastbound Grand Glaize Bridge will continue while the expressway is tied into the bridge. That should last until November. And final paving and shoulder work continues at all service road connections. The whole project should be completed by this winter.

Checking the road work in Miller County, on Route 42 between Route 133 in Maries County and Route 17 in Miller County, one lane will be open this week for roadway resurfacing. And on Route 242, expect delays on Fish Haven Road as material is moved across the road. Route 242 should be done by this winter.

Looking at the road work in Morgan County, the Route 5 Bridge over Soap Creek remains closed for bridge replacement. Watch for traffic using routes 135 and J as a detour. Large tractor trailers are asked to consider using 54 or 65 to avoid the area entirely.

Magruder Quarry Permit Before MoDNR in November

Magruder Limestone will ask the state in November if they can quarry off of Woodriver Road.

The limestone company, the cities of Osage Beach and Lake Ozark, and residents of Woodriver Road have been in a legal battle over the 52 acres of land next to the cities’ joint sewer treatment plant for the last several years. The Lake Sun reports the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Land Reclamation Commission will hear a resubmitted permit proposal from the limestone company on November the 17th.

Osage Beach Mayor Penny Lyons said back on the 16th of September that a law change made this past legislative session will work in the limestone company’s favor.

Representative Todd Richardson of Butler County made the rule change in the 2011 session.