Traffic Notes

The East Gate of Fort Leonard Wood is still closed, this morning, due to the water level.
Tomorrow, MoDOT is closing a section of Route K-K in Linn County to replace some culverts under the road. There will be detours posted. It’s Route K-K from Route O south to Hedge Road.
Tomorrow, crews are scheduled to do bridge washing along U-S 36 in Linn County. There will be lane reductions, until they’re finished, one mile east of Brookfield at Route 11 to Missouri 1-29 near Bucklin.

Eldon Water Rates Suit

A lawsuit against the city of Eldon last week in Miller County Circuit Court on behalf of a group of property owners upset about the new water and sewer rates. The property owners’ group has been vocal about their opposition to the new billing structure for water and sewer rates – calling it unfair and discriminatory. One of the problems of multi-unit property owners is the new per-door charge. They want the court to order the city “to refund the overpayment’s it has received by virtue of the Vacant Meter Ordinance and Virtual Meter Ordinances that are in excess of its actual costs.” Mayor John Holland formed a committee to review the city’s rate structure and make recommendations to the board of aldermen; but the committee’s been killed by because of the lawsuit.

Education Funding Bills

Missouri lawmakers have two weeks to consider the 13 appropriations bills that will make up the state government budget for the new fiscal year. The House and Senate have some small differences to work out before the May 6 constitutional deadline, but lawmakers seem to agree that funding education is a top priority. The state House of Representatives passed its budget bills at the end of March. The state senate recently sent those bills back with a few amendments. The House education budget followed a recommendation from Gov. Nixon, and cut 7% of the state’s allocation to public colleges and universities. In the senate, the budget committee reassigned funds in other state departments to reduce the cut to higher education and keep the K-12 budget at just more than $3 billion.

Anonymous Drug Take Back Planned for April 30

Local police and the DEA are accepting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 30. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Turn-in sites include Camden County Ambulance base in Climax Springs
Camden County Ambulance base in Macks Creek
Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District
Osage Beach Police Department
Camden County Sheriff’s Department lobby

Gov Nixon in Poplar Bluff to Survey Damage, Meet with Residents

Gov. Nixon is in Poplar Bluff to view flood damage in the area, and to meet with local elected and emergency response officials to talk about their current needs for emergency assistance. The Governor will also visit with area residents who are being sheltered at the Black River Coliseum after being evacuated from their homes.
Gov. Nixon will be joined by Maj. General Stephen L. Danner, the Missouri Adjutant General; and by Col. Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Both the Highway Patrol and the Missouri National Guard have been working with local officials on the flood response, along with the

Natl Gaurd On Scene in Poplar Bluff

Within hours of being activated by Gov. Jay Nixon, the Missouri National Guard has begun flood relief operations in southeast Missouri. The 400 Guardsmen are conducting a number of missions in support of local authorities, including sandbagging, levee monitoring, route reconnaissance, door-to-door safety visits, and supporting law enforcement and first responders. “We are well prepared for flood relief operations and are proud to support
our fellow Missourians in the southeast,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner,
adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard. “State emergency missions
are a significant part of what the Guard does.” Among those responding are the Soldiers of the 880th Engineer Team (Haul) of Perryville.

Ameren Restores Power to Most Who Lost it From Friday Storms

Ameren Missouri has restored power to essentially all customers impacted by outages resulting from Friday’s severe storm. As of 11 a.m. less than 100 storm-related power outages remain. The company is deactivating its Emergency Operations Center, the headquarters for the utility’s statewide storm restoration effort; however, the final stages of power restoration efforts and cleanup work will continue throughout the day.
The extensive damage caused by the tornado that hit parts of north St. Louis County is creating challenges to crews working to restore power for the few remaining customers experiencing outages.