Lake Ozark has completed Phase One of a sewer project designed to bring the city’s sewer system up to standards set by the state Department of Natural Resources. The D-N-R set up the court ordered guidelines after a failure on one of the sewer lift stations resulted in a large spill of raw sewage into the Lake, a few years ago. City Administrator Dave Van Dee says they’re working to get financing for Phase Two, which will extend the sewer lines to areas of the city that don’t have service. Phase One cost one million dollars and included thousands of feet of new main lines, a video monitoring system, state of the art pumps and lift stations with alarms.
You may have noticed something new in Versailles. The Bill’s Surplus sign went up on the former Gerbes building. The building has been remodeled and will house the surplus store, with discontinued and second hand items for sale, along with a beauty salon and a gun store.
There’s a change of responsibility ceremony, tomorrow morning, at Fort Leonard Wood. Command Sargeant Major Robert Wells will pass his duties for the U-S Army Engineer School on to Command Sargeant Major Terrence Murphy. Wells is taking over duties of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence.
Fort Leonard Wood had a drills designed to build confidence for Army National Guard Officer Candidate School Classes, last weekend. Candidates participated in combat water exercises and face first rappelling down The Warrior Tower.
MoDOT Director Kevin Keith is addressing a so-caled transportation funding crisis by proposing that the state close 135 facilities, sell more than 740 pieces of equipment and cuts 12-hundred jobs in the Department of Transportation. He says implementing these changes will give Missouri 512 million dollars to use for necessary road and bridge projects by 2015. There will be a number of community briefings in the next month, then the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission will vote on the proposal, June 8th.
Missouri lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that bars contractors who fix roofs or do other exterior repairs from offering to pay a homeowner’s insurance deductible as an incentive to be hired. They say it will protect homeowners from contractor scams. The measure is headed to Governor Jay Nixon’s desk.
The Missouri Public Service Commission approved a request by Ameren to adjust a charge on electric bills. Ameren Missouri says there were changes in fuel and purchased power costs in the first four months of the year. The average residential customer will see the FAC or Fuel and Purchased Power Adjustment Charge drop about 66 cents, starting at the end of May.