MoDOT Warns About Winter Weather

Some minor accidents have been reported this Tuesday morning with the light snow covering, a sign that winter is officially headed to the tri-county area.

Don Hillis with the Missouri Department of Transportation says the best thing to do is be prepared.

Also remember to adjust your driving based on conditions.

September Revenues Up in Osage Beach

Sales taxes are up almost 20% in the city of Osage Beach.

Mayor Penny Lyons says the most recent numbers show considerable growth over 2010.

The mayor says businesses along the parkway on the eastern end of the expressway are seeing increased sales.

The Cracker Barrel will be on the land formerly occupied by Casa Bonita across from Applebee’s.

Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend sales will be shown in January’s numbers.

Trailers Burn in Friday Afternoon Fire

The Missouri State Fire Marshal is investigating a fire Friday afternoon off of O Road in Gravois Mills.

Crews were called toned one in the afternoon off of Buck Creek Road after a resident across the cove saw two mobile homes ablaze. The double wide and single wide were both fully involved by the time Gravois and Sunrise Beach crews arrived on scene. A witness said no one was around at the time of the blaze, the owners live in Kansas City, and no electric or gas was hooked up to either trailer.

Gravois Fire Chief Ed Hancock says with no apparent accidental cause and that much loss the state fire marshal will handle the investigation.

Woman Injured When Car Overturns in Morgan County

A Boonville woman is injured when the car she is riding in goes off the road in Morgan County.

Yesterday morning just before 3:30, 25-year old Carlos Tejada was driving his 2000 Oldsmobile east on U.S. 50 just east of the Pettis County line. The highway patrol report says that Tejada swerved to avoid oncoming traffic and overcorrected, forcing the car off the left side of the road where it overturned.

It is unknown if Tejada was wearing a seat belt and he suffered minor injuries. 20-year old Jalane Brake of boonville, his passenger, was not belted in and suffered moderate injuries.

Road Work for the Week of December 5th

Checking the road work for the week in Camden County. On the western end of the 54 Expressway, traffic is still reduced to one lane in each direction, old 54 is only accessible from KK. One lane is closed on the eastbound Grand Glaize bridge while crews work on the median barrier. And crews continue to work on the eastbound parkway access to the 54 Expressway, one lane is open in that area as well. The expressway project should be complete by the end of the year.

And on old Route 5 between 54 and the Laclede County line, one lane will be open Monday through Friday of this week for roadway maintenance.

Looking at the road work in Miller County on 242, delays can be expected on Fish Haven Road as the contractor moves material across the new 242. Traffic north of route 242 will lose access to Fish Haven Road south of Route 242 when the new road opens December 13th. Sign installation and mulching will take place this week on the new 242. Also in Miller County, on Route 42 between 54 and 17, one lane will be open this week for shoulder paving. And on Route CC between 52 and the Moniteau County line, one lane will be open until Wednesday for a culvert pipe replacement.

There is no road work scheduled for Morgan County.

Former Stover Mayor Sentenced

The mayor of Stover has been sentenced to ten years probation for making false statements during an investigation involving federal water laws.

Forty-two-year-old Scott Beckmann resigned as mayor when he was sentenced on charges arising from violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips says the sentence includes five months of home confinement and 30 days in a half-way house. He also was fined $10,000.

Beckmann was indicted after the town’s former superintendent of public works, Richard Sparks, admitted in August 2010 that he falsified information on water safety tests. Sparks was putting chlorine in city drinking water samples because the water couldn’t meet federal standards. Prosecutors say Beckmann knew Sparks had submitted the false information but concealed it.

UPDATE: First Reading of 2012 Budget Passes 5-1 in OB

Osage Beach passed the first reading of its budget with no debate at Thursday night’s board meeting.

The city’s $28 million dollar budget had one lone no vote from the board president Steve Kahrs.

Alderman Kahrs did not attend the city’s three budget meetings due to family business.

The 2012 budget contains almost $9 million dollars for the combined water and sewer fund, almost $7 million in the general fund, and just over $5.2 million dollars for the transportation fund.

UPDATE:

Mayor Penny Lyons says the city does not have a COLA in the next budget.  The city will return to its matrix formula to determine increases.  The mayor says the employee salaries are projected to increase an average of 2.4% using the matrix.