A piece legislation slated to go into effect at the end of next month could impact the economic development efforts at the Lake of the Ozarks. House Bill 1506 which was sponsored by state Representative Diane Franklin establishes a rural regional development grants program in order to strengthen the efforts of economic development agencies in order to bring business to the area. According to the bill, grants may be used for things such as workforce development activities, regional marketing techniques, in-depth market research, financial analysis and assistance with developing a comprehensive economic development strategy.
Several highway projects are taking place over the next several days in the lake area. In Camden County MODOT will be doing roadway resurfacing at Route KK between Route 54 and Osage Beach Parkway as well as on Route 7 between Route 5 and 65 in Benton county. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic thru the work areas. Also in early August, MODOT will be installing an overhead sign at Route 54 and Key Largo road. Work on that project is scheduled to begin august fourth and one eastbound lane will be open thru the work area. In Miller County roadway resurfacing and roadside maintenance will be taking place in several areas including Route 52 between 54 and “Y” in Eldon, Route “E” between 52 and the end of state maintenance, Business Route 54 between Route “W” and Bagnell Dam Blvd as well as Route “A” between 17 and “PP”, Route “H” between Jim Henry road and the end of state maintenance, route “BB” between Route 133 and the Miller County line and also route “KK” between 17 and the end of state maintenance. In Morgan County roadway maintenance is taking place at route “Z” between Route “D” and Route 5. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic thru each of the work zones.
Recreational boaters at the Lake of the Ozarks may soon get some assistance from the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. fish and wildlife service for the purpose of properly disposing of on-board septic waste. A total of fifty thousand dollars in grants is being made available to Missouri thru the clean vessel act in order to construct or renovate pump out facilities at three marinas on Missouri’s largest lakes or rivers within the next three years. A total of over $16 million dollars in grants is being awarded to 21 states under the clean vessel act in order to support recreational boating and clean water.
There have been some new developments in a Richland man’s lawsuit against an area manufacturer. A federal judge has ordered the class action lawsuit against Copeland Scroll Compressors Incorporated of Lebanon to be remanded back to Laclede County circuit court. Michael Moore of Richland and Paula Robertson of Lebanon are both suing the manufacturer and several other companies for alleged negligence that led to several sick employees. Despite there being companies named in the lawsuit with operations outside Missouri, the judge agreed with the plaintiff’s assertion that the case falls under the local controversy exception.
A single boat accident on Saturday evening leaves two visitors to the lake with injuries. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Marine Division, the incident happened just before 9pm at the 26.5 mile maker of the Main Channel of the Lake of the Ozarks. 35 year old Terri Adams and 44 year old Traci Henry of Nebraska were traveling in a 2014 Outer Limits Boat when it attempted to accelerate, and then rolled to the starboard side. Adams was ejected overboard and Henry hit the gunwale of the starboard side of the boat. Both women were transported to Lake Regional Hospital. Adams suffered moderate injuries and Henry’s severe injuries caused her to later be moved to University Hospital.
The State Supreme Court ruled Friday that the wording cannot be changed just three weeks before Missouri’s primary election on a ballot measure asking voters to declare in the State Constitution that the right to bear arms is “unalienable”. The court dismissed an appeal by opponents of the gun measure, saying a state law forbids the court from making changes to ballot measures within six weeks of an election. The ruling means the wording will not be changed on proposed Constitutional Amendment 5, which will go before voters on Aug. 5. Opponents argue that the ballot wording failed to mention other significant changes, including that gun-control measures would become subject to tougher legal scrutiny and that a current constitutional provision allowing restrictions on concealed guns would be repealed. Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem dismissed the legal challenge on July 1. In its ruling Friday, the Supreme Court agreed it was bound by that law and dismissed the appeal.
A tubing accident on Friday afternoon at the Lake of the Ozarks sent a teen to the hospital. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Marine Division, the incident happened around 4:30pm in the Oak Hollow Cove at the 1.8 mile mark of the Grand Glaize arm and they were assisted by Osage Beach Police and Fire. 15 year old Savannah Bogner of Bettendorf, Iowa was tubing behind a 1999 Rinker Runabout when the tube being pulled struck a large wave causing injury to Bogner. She was then transported to Lake Regional Hospital by ambulance with moderate injuries.