2011 COLA Approved for OB Employees

After several months of debate and delays Osage Beach city employees will be getting their 2011 cost of living pay adjustment.

The city approved the $135,000-plus lump sum payout at their board meeting last night by a vote of five to zero.

Alderman Kevin Rucker had some issues with the payout at the most recent special board meeting but says his concerns about the 2011 payment were addressed.

Board President Steve Kahrs was absent from last night’s board meeting.

The city meets three times in the next twelve days to get into the 2012 budget.

Fall Back, Change Batteries, Save Lives

We fall back into standard time at 2 o’clock Sunday morning.

Osage Beach Fire Protection District Fire Marshall Ed Nicholson says the extra hour should serve as a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detector.

Nicholson says regardless of whether you think they need it or not, take the batteries out.

About Ten Days Until New Expressway Opens

November 14th could be opening day for the western portion of the 54 Expressway.

Osage Beach City Engineer Nick Edelman informed the board last night that barring any weather catastrophes MoDOT plans to open the new portion of the expressway on Monday the 14th or Tuesday the 15th.

Mayor Penny Lyons said after the meeting that traffic and commerce is now balanced on the eastern portion, a year after it opened.

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Some service road and tie-in work will continue on the western portion after it is opened.

Chief Details False Abduction Story

A camden county woman is under arrest after she lies to police about an attempted abduction. Laurie Police Chief Shane Edwards says a complaint came in to his department about an incident at the Laurie Hillbilly Fair.

Edwards says his department investigated and found no evidence of any abduction attempt.

Martin will appear in Morgan County court for a preliminary hearing.

Pulaski County Sewer Hearing Next Month

The Pulaski County Sewer District Board will hold a public hearing pertaining to changes in the user rate ordinance Dec. 6 at 11:45 a.m. There are a few changes of interest to some customers. Among them, ending the prepayment discount, the requirement of an affidavit for rates based on household size, and only allowing rates to be readjusted once a year rather than any time a customer has a lower water bill.

Attemped Abduction a Hoax; Woman Charged With Filing False Report

A woman who claimed she was the target of an attempted abduction during the 2011 Laurie Hillbilly Fair has been arrested for making a false police report. Laurie Police Chief Shane Edwards says 30-year-old Leona A. Martin of Camden County claimed a vendor tried to abduct her at the fairgrounds the weekend of September 16th, but she managed to pull away, and then called police. Edwards says an investigation determined Martin had led about the incident, and when contacted by officers, she avoided them and declined to participate in for follow-up interviews. The Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney issued for Martin’s arrest, charging her with making a false report . She was taken into custody and is being held in the Morgan County Jail with a $5,000 cash only bond.

McCaskill and Blunt Staying on FERC Issue

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is hoping that bipartisan support will help push through a plan to prohibit changes to the lake’s Shoreline Management Plan.

McCaskill spoke yesterday about the bill that would stop the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from implementing the changes that would force the removal of homes and structures.

Senator Roy Blunt is asking residents of the lake to post their concerns about FERC on his Facebook page. The senator asks how the decision has affected your family or business.