The Gravois Mills Fire Protection District will meet tonight at seven o’clock in the administration building in Laurie.
The Laurie planning and zoning commission will hold a public hearing tonight about a rezoning request for a lot in Mill Fork Acres. Owners of a property on Fabick Drive want the lot zoning changed from residential to multi-family. The meeting is at six o’clock at Laurie City hall.
Senator Roy Blunt says Osama Bin Laden’s death is a major victory for America. In a statement after President Barack Obama’s address to the nation, last night, Blunt says, quote, While this does not mean an end of our fight against global terrorism, bin Laden’s death is a major blow to al Qaeda and the terrorist organizations that he financed.
The state’s put a hold plans to replace the bridge over Soap Creek on Route 5 this spring. The plan was changed after Missouri Department of Transportation officials got an earful from the village of Gravois Mills, the city of Versailles and local businesses and organizations about closing the highway during the prime tourist season and concerns from area emergency service agencies. MoDOT is scheduled to meet with school, city, emergency service and business leaders next week to determine the exact timeline for the project this fall in order to better serve the needs of all these entities.
A 2-year old boy is dead, after shooting himself in the head yesterday. Lake Ozark Police Chief Mark Maples says the toddler got a chair and used it reach into his parents bedroom closet where they kept a handgun. Police say he got his hands on the weapon and ended up shooting himself in the head. The child and his mother were alone in their home on Frudeger Road, when it happened. Police and EMT’s responded. It was too late. Results of an autopsy are expected sometime next week. The county prosecutor will also need time to consider formal charges. The boy was the youngest of 4 children.
A bill that would allow the city of Lake Ozark to charge utility customers a fee for turning off the water main at the nearest valve, for extra meter reads and require customers to install a shut off valve inside their homes will come back up for discussion again. This time, officials said they’re going to attach an amendment to the ordinance explaining that the $25 fee can be waived if the homeowner installs a shut off valve within seven days of the city performing the work. The fee will also be waived when it’s necessary to make repairs to the water line between the valve and the house, or when the water meter is misreading and needs to be adjusted. The bill cleared the first round of voting but failed the second time around. Several aldermen raised concerns about the city arbitrarily charging fees to residents.
By implementing numerous conservation measures at facilities around the state, Missouri state agencies have continued to exceed the energy-reduction goals set by Gov. Jay Nixon. The result has been a 5.5 percent reduction in the first two years the policy has been in place.
“This is great news as we continue to make state government more efficient and responsive,” Gov. Nixon said. “I appreciate the concerted effort throughout our state agencies to reduce energy usage as we not only meet, but exceed, the goal of reducing consumption by 2 percent a year over the next decade.”
In April 2009, Gov. Nixon signed Executive Order 09-18, which requires all state agencies whose building management falls under the direction of the Office of Administration to implement policies that will reduce their energy consumption by 2 percent per year for the next 10 years