You should notice a neater shoreline. Over 650 volunteers turned out for the 2011 Spring Shoreline Clean Up and cleared out 70 tons of debris. They reported less old dock foam than in previous years. The material was banned in 2008. Ameren Missouri paid more than 25-thousand dollars to dispose of the trash, which this year included a bowling ball, a shopping cart and even a treadmill.
The Church of the Nazarene in Camdenton has asked for some changes in zoning. In the first case, the church on Bear Paw Road wants the property designation switched from agricultural/Residential to commercial, in order to operate a fireworks tent fundraiser for the 4th of July holiday. Members of a nearby Homeowners Association and other residents opposed the request, at a meeting last Wednesday night, so the decision was continue to the next meeting of the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission, which will be July 20th. The Church would also like zoning changed to expand daycare operations. It’s only set up for 10 children, right now, but 30 children are attending. A 50 child day care requires commercial zoning.
The power’s back on everywhere, after some wild storms on Saturday. The Osage Beach Fire Protection District reports that several businesses and homes were hit by lightning. No damage estimate yet from a lightning strike in the 46-hundred block of Inlet Lane. There is visible damage to the roof, and the electrical and satellite cable systems were damaged, about 5:40am. About an hour later, crews were called to the 67-hundred block of Viking Trail. A second floor bedroom was still smoking, when firefighters were investigating, and a heating duct in a concealed space was burnt, causing about one thousand dollars damage. Residents were urged to go without power until a licensed contractor could check their services.
The Grand Glaize Bridge is down to one lane, west bound, for a few more days. Construction crews are finishing up the tie in of the new Jeffries Road to Route 54. MoDOT was working with the lane consolidation, late last week, then opened the west bound lanes up again for weekend traffic. This morning, they’re going to continue work.
All flags will be flown at half staff today to honor Private First Class Matthew England from Gainesville. The 22 year old was killed in the line of duty when his unit was attacked by an IED, in Iraq, earlier this month. In addition, Governor Jay Nixon has asked that all state flags be flown at half staff, in England’s honor, all week.
Lake Shadow Road in Sunrise Beach will be under construction, starting today, between Castle Gardens and Lake Road 5-32. Crews are digging through the middle of the road for water pipe construction. The work is scheduled to be complete before the start of the 4th of July Weekend. Members of the Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees had a special meeting on Friday to discuss funding for the project. The USDA is providing some of the funding. The owner of the Bear Bottom Resort is kicking in eight thousand dollars. Sunrise Beach will pay around 38-thousand dollars. And, the road repair bid was won by Rice Concrete.
Today, the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments meets at Osage Beach City Hall. The Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation is going to speak about MoDot’s new scaled down system and how that will affect the area. Kevin Keith will speak at 11:30.