There is no decision yet on a planning and zoning request involving a proposed parking lot for Shady Gators. At the meeting on Wednesday night, the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission agreed to continue the case until their next meeting on December 18th. Gary Prewitt had requested to take back a previous application for 28 acres of land on the north side of Bittersweet Road between Anemone Road and Primrose Road. The land would go from not being zoned to being zoned in the county. The parcel was overlooked in the Camden County zoning process. A parking lot would be built on part of the land to help with the many people who go to Shady Gators during the season. The planning and zoning commission received letters and comments that were for and against the zoning request. At the end of the meeting, Commission Chairman Jerry Carroll requested a special closed meeting with Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken. The purpose of the meeting would be to discuss why the planning and zoning commission was not told of Administrator Don Hathaway’s recent two week unpaid leave. That meeting will happen on Tuesday, December 3rd at 5:30 in the evening.
33 firefighters from seven different fire districts respond to a barn fire in Mack’s Creek. Southwest Fire Chief Chris Bachman says the blaze broke out on Tuesday afternoon off of Highway 73 and Mill School Road. It would take fire fighters two hours to bring the fire under control. The fire was contained to the barn and one acre of pasture land. Southwest fire fighters were assisted by Mid-County, Sunrise Beach, Northwest, Tunis, Camdenton and Osage Beach. Camden County Ambulance was also on the scene. No one was injured.
The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District has identified the victim of a house fire last Thursday as that of a 51 year old David Ratterree of 58 Winding Ashley Drive in Sunrise Beach.
The district was alerted to the house fire at 10:34. When units arrived on the scene the home was fully involved. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in less than 45 minutes. Due to the extreme nature of the fire, Chief Reilly believes the homeowner succumbed to the fire before they were even notified. The house could not be seen from the roadway because it was positioned so far down on the lake shore. The house was a total loss and the fire has been classified as an accident, but the exact cause has not been determined.
The question has been answered as to whether or not the 2018 Can-Am Games will be coming to the Lake. After long debated presentations the Can-Am board decided that the lake would not be the location of the games, instead awarding the event to Hampton Roads Virginia. Although the reason why the lake was not chosen is unknown at this time, Lagina Fitzpatrick with the Tri-County Lodging Association who was one of the 4 people who went on the trip to Pennsylvania says the board will be contacting them this week to explain all the reason they were not chosen. Once they have the reasons they will decide whether or not to try again for the 2020 games. Fitzpatrick was accompanied by Fire Chief Jeff Dorhauer, Camden County Sheriff Sergeant John Stephens and Osage Beach Chief Todd Davis.
Things are going well for the Camden County Sheriff’s department. Last week the Sheriff’s office completed a much needed renovation which hasn’t been done since the office opened in the 1990’s. According to Camden County Sheriff Dwight Franklin, some of the prisoners did the repairs and upgrades
Franklin says this was a necessity because the walls were stained with yellow smoke from the former days of smoking being allowed in the building and there was rolls of duct tape holding things together which has now all been repaired.
Franklin also says that earlier in the year they were worried about losing an officer due to budget cuts but after a grant was approved, an opportunity opened up to add to the roster rather than take from it
The new person is under the training right now and will be ready to start working soon.
Also some sighs of relief made as Triple Homicide convict Dennis McCabe was transferred out of the county jail. Franklin says now he’s with the city of Fulton
Ameren Missouri is informing the public on a scam that is happening throughout the state. According to Kent Martin Communications representative with Ameren Missouri, these scam artists are able to make the number they call from show Ameren on the ID and they may have your account number.
Martin says scammers are calling on the phone claiming to be with Ameren and demanding payment over the phone and in some cases have come to your door
Martin says that if you receive a phone call or someone comes to your pretending to be with Ameren and demanding payment or face disconnection, hang up, close the door and call Ameren right away at 1-800-552-7583
Scary moments at Bagnell dam late last week when contractors hired by Ameren Missouri where removing an old transformer from the Dam. According to Ameren officials, the contractor was hired to remove and then cut the transformer into pieces to have it removed from the area. While cutting up the transformer, it caught on fire and sent smoke up to the top of the dam, causing some citizens who saw the smoke to worry. Lake Ozark fire was involved in putting the fire out and says the dam was never at risk during the incident.