The Tuscumbia Fire Protection District has some new equipment, thanks to a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Fire Chief Steve Wilson says they spent sixty thousand dollars to get 13 sets of protective fire resistant bunker gear, which is includes a coat, pants and gloves. They also purchased four self contained breathing apparati, which allow firefighters to enter a smoke filled building, and a thermal imaging camera.
Rick Mabrey of Sunrise Beach has filed a complaint with the village board of trustees and is considering a lawsuit. He says he was pulled over by a Sunrise Beach police officer in February and treated in an unprofessional and harassing manner. Mabrey received a ticket for going 60 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone, coming down the hill on Route 5 at the Sunrise Beach Community Center. He says the officer lectured him for half an hour about driving, the equipment on his hummer and even asked him about a passenger in his vehicle. Mabrey paid his ticket but is still upset about the experience. Sunrise Beach is reportedly in the process of developing standard procedures for the police department, which would include citizen complaints and disciplinary procedures.
You’ve heard reports of flooding all over the state, but heavy rains have not caused any problems at Bagnell Dam. Operators have been monitoring the water flowing in from the upstream watershed and balancing that with water from tributaries and runoff. The water level at Lake of the Ozarks is climbing, but not close to the full pool level. By this weekend, Dam operators say the lake level will be around 657 feet above sea level, which is right where it should be to start the summer boating season at a full pool of 660 feet.
Classified staff in the Camdenton School District will get an average increase in salary of one point four percent, for the next school year. The Camdenton Board of Education approved a salary and benefit package for the support employees, like food service workers, bus drivers and custodians, on Tuesday morning. Certified staff received a similar bump in March.
The Board of Education also made some changes to the district’s self funded insurance plan, raising the insurance coverage costs, but lowering co-pays. Superintendent Tim Hadfield says with minimal raises available for district employees, the board wanted to find a way to alleviate some of the pain in the pocketbook. The Board is also going to discuss implementing a wellness program for all employees for later this year. In other action, Board members approved the District’s Summer School Program. Director Larry Lewis says it’s similar to what was in place last year.
The City of Laurie Board of Aldermen held a special closed door meeting on Monday night to address a grievance. An employee was unhappy with the city’s decision to pay overtime, instead of allowing compensation time, for overtime worked. Mayor Chuck Chorpening says the city changed the policy, last year, because it was difficult to cover comp time absences, especially in the police and public works department. The aldermen discussed the grievance, but there was no action taken in the matter.
The City of Osage Beach wants to know what you think about a public smoking ban ordinance. That’s the topic for a public forum scheduled for May 12th in City Hall. If you are in favor of or opposed to banning smoking in public places in the city, you’re encouraged to attend.
An Osage Beach man is filing suit against the city, the police chief and officer Sam Ford. Eric Hauser says his civil rights were violated when Ford pushed him to the ground and handcuffed him, while breaking up a fight outside Woody’s on April 6th. He’s asking for one million dollars. Police were called to the parking lot of the Osage Beach restaurant, after a verbal disagreement between Hauser and Robert Taggart erupted into a fight.