With last week’s action at the Osage Beach Board of Aldermen meeting, Dierbergs Markets has announced its plans for the Lakeview Pointe Shopping Center are moving forward. They have to get the construction related permits and approvals, but Dierbergs reports site preparation for the 34.2 million dollar project will likely start this summer, with expectations to open the store in spring of 2013. The grocery store will anchor a shopping center on the former High Pointe Center land at Osage Beach Parkway and Links Road.
With Missourians continue to struggle with skyrocketing prices at the pump, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today applauded the announcement from Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz that the agency’s opening an investigation into potential price fixing of gasoline by U.S. refiners. McCaskill and several other democratic senators asked for the investigation last month, after reports refiners were cutting back on U.S. gasoline stockpiles in order to artificially keep prices high and inflate their bottom line.
Dierbergs Lakeview Pointe shopping center is coming to Osage Beach, at the Lake of the Ozarks. The City of Osage Beach approved a Redevelopment Plan necessary for the St. Louis-based grocery store chain to move forward with construction at the former High Pointe Center, located at Osage Beach Parkway (Business 54) and Links Road. The site is conveniently located within a quarter mile of the Passover Road interchange off of the recently completed Highway 54 bypass. Pending finalization of construction-related permits and approvals, site preparation for the $34.2 million project is likely to begin this summer. Dierbergs plans to open its store in Spring 2013.
In Lebanon, someone spent $55,000 on police radios. Nobody knows how many or what type of radios they were, or who approved the purchase. The mystery surfaced at last night’s Lebanon City Council budget work session.
Missouri Department of Transportation Director Kevin Keith met with elected officials from Morgan, Miller, Camden and Laclede counties Monday, explaining the expected impact of the 50 percent reduction in the state highway construction budget. Keith told a meeting of the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments MoDOT had $1.2 billion available each year for the past six years to fund construction and maintenance projects. That will drop to $600 million annually for next five years. Projects already funded, including the Hurricane Deck bridge reconstruction, will go ahead as planned. But, Keith says, after 2013-2014, MoDOT’s work will largely be confined to maintenance.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol Division will be participating in Operation Dry Water this weekend. Operation Dry Water is a national campaign in which marine law enforcement officers across the country conduct special patrols during the last weekend in June, to detect and apprehend intoxicated boaters. Missouri boat operators found to have a blood alcohol content of .08% will be arrested for boating while intoxicated. Last year in Missouri, just over half of the fatal boating crashes had alcohol as a contributing factor.
Storms the last few days have produced damaging lightning, with police called to a couple of homes, locally, that had been hit. It’s National Lightning Safety Awareness Week. Lightning can strike ten miles away from the rain. If you are stuck outside, when there is a storm, try to take shelter, but not under a tree. Avoid the tallest object in the area and metal objects. Get away from the water and out of a boat. And, don’t continue to use tractor or heavy construction equipment if there’s a chance of lightning.