The Benton County Commission has finally finished approving their budget amendments for 2014. The Commission approved accepting the quote submitted by Mike Keith Insurance for the county’s insurance plan as well as a service agreement for the courthouse’s computer maintenance for a total of $13,950. Commissioners did accept all of the submitted budgets for 2015 from every department and should be making an official decision on it soon. They also accepted a few bids, both from Zollicker Oil for unleaded fuel at $1.95 per gallon and diesel fuel at $2.26 per gallon for the county road district # 1. The other bid was from Warsaw Oil which had a higher price tag.
The Lake of the Ozarks was named as one of the Top 10 best places for living and boating according to Boating magazine. According to the report, the Lake of the Ozarks matches up with towns like Phoenix, Seattle, Green Bay, Long Island and Destin. One of the highlights listed include the 90 miles of water along with the hundreds of waterfront restaurants and stops. The magazine boasts that the Lake area has some of the best marinas and access ramps to the water and recommends that readers buy a home since they are very abundant. See the full article here: http://www.boatingmag.com/10-best-places-to-live-boat?src=soc&dom=fb
Van Dee says there were also a lot of good things that occurred in 2014, including continued growth and development on the strip, at eagles landing and also with the fish haven apartments.
The Sunrise Beach Fire protection district has sold a piece of their equipment to another nearby fire department. A 3,000 gallon tanker was purchased from Sunrise Beach by the California, Missouri rural fire protection district. According to reports, the need for the tanker isn’t what it used to be as sunrise beach now has 135 fire hydrants throughout the district. However, California still needs this type of equipment. The sale of the apparatus is also expected to help offset some of the rising costs of fire protection in the district.
Benton County Clerk Mary Lutman has officially retired from her position. According to reports, Lutman had served the county for over 40 years. A special reception was held last week to honor her service to the community, which ended on December 31st. Lutman says she has been planning to do this for some time now and is looking forward to spending time traveling across the country. While Lutman was born in Kansas City, she came to live in Warsaw as a child and has never left. She started working for the county in 1973 and has been County Clerk since 2003. It’s unknown who will take her place going forward at this time.
Lynch says 2015 will feature highway projects to improve safety in the Lake Area including an overlay of shoulder on route “Y” in both Camden and Miller Counties as well as on route 135 in Morgan County.
The Missouri legislative session is fast approaching. With this in mind, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce has some specific things they’re looking to see accomplished in the New Year. Chamber director Dan Mehan says one item on their agenda deals with increasing the number of qualified workers in both the private and public job sector.
Mehan says he hopes to see funding secured for job training and to possibly see it increased for 2015. The Missouri legislative session begins January 8th.