Kahrs Steps Down as Board President

The city of Osage Beach has a new board president.

Last night Alderman Steve Kahrs unexpectedly stepped down from the post that he had held for the past five years.

The Ward 2 Alderman made a motion to step down as president and nominated Ward 1 Alderman Ron Schmitt for the post. The board voted and approved Schmitt’s nomination unanimously.

Also last night the second reading of the budget passed 5 to 1 with Kahrs casting the lone no vote.

Ameren Will Workshop Boundary Proposal

Ameren Missouri will hold two public workshops in January to talk with the public and resource agencies about the project boundary.

The workshops will be held Tuesday, January 3rd at the Inn at the Grand Glaize on the parkway in Osage Beach and Thursday, January 5th at the Lake West Christian Academy in Sunrise Beach on Highway 5. Both workshops are set to last from six to eight.

Ameren is planning to put the boundary at the 662 elevation for most lakefront properties with revisions below 662 for encroaching dwellings. In a statement the company says the boundary will not change in certain areas, including project facilities, public recreation sites, historic sites, sensitive resource areas, and state parks.

If you are unable to attend the workshops and would like to comment you can e-mail Ameren at lake@ameren.com or call 573-365-7203.

The proposal can be found at www.amerenmissouri.com/Lake.

More Signage Requested for Expressway

MoDOT is looking into signage for the 54 Expressway for the city of Osage Beach.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony this week Mayor Penny Lyons talked with David Silvester who leads MoDOT’s Central District.

Reflecting on the completed route, Lyons said at last night’s meeting that the road was controversial and not easy to build. In her ten years of involvment there have been many strategic meetings.

Even on the one way couple.

The city takes over maintenance of the Osage Beach Parkway from MoDOT late in 2012.

Paul’s and Hy-Vee Team Up to Feed Friends

Hy-Vee and all three Paul’s Supermarkets are joining together this Friday and Saturday in an effort to help three local food pantries.

Steven Herman from Paul’s says the two grocers had separate charity events and decided this year to shelve their regular competition.

When you go to the registers today and tomorrow at the Hy-Vee or Paul’s, ask to make a donation to “Friends Feeding Friends”.

Senator Blunt Files SHORE Act

The Supporting Home Owner Rights Enforcement Act is officially introduced in the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says the SHORE Act will amend the Federal Power Act to require that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission consider private property ownership when issuing and enforcing hydropower project licenses.

Blunt says the federal regulation strategies differ.

The issue of the boundary elevation is something Blunt says will be addressed if necessary.

The SHORE Act is co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, senators Coburn and Inhofe of Oklahoma, and U.S. Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

School Kids Collect 6,000 Pounds of Recycling

Macks Creek third through sixth graders are being recognized for their efforts in newspaper recycling.

Jerry Palmer of Palmer Feed and Recycling in Macks Creek bought a tractor using funding secured through Solid Waste Management District T from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The tractor will be used to load pallets of cardboard and newspaper onto trucks headed to recyclers in Springfield. Palmer says the tractor helps quite a bit with what the students have collected.

Next Tuesday students will be eligible for prizes at a ceremony that will be held at the school.

Speed Limit Changes on U.S. 54, Osage Beach Parkway

MoDOT is adjusting the speed limits on portions Route 54 and Osage Beach Parkway, between Linn Creek and Osage Beach in Camden County, to maintain consistent speed and traffic flow through the area. Between Route Y and the new expressway, the speed limit on U.S. 54 increases from 60 to 65 m.p.h. … making the speed limit 65 all the way to Bagnell Dam Blvd. in Miller County. The speed limit on Osage Beach Parkway changes from 50 to 45 m.p.h. between Key Largo Road and El Terra Road, to match the remainder of the parkway. The changes are taking effect today and tomorrow, as weather conditions allow crews to install the new speed limit signs.