Members of the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission are contemplating the future of Beacon of Hope Church and the homeless shelter it operates in Osage Beach. Church pastor Steve McQueen has asked to rezone the property on Runabout Drive to allow for residential use. The ministry has eight residents who will be evicted, if the zoning is not changed from industrial to commercial. About 20 people attended a public hearing, last week. Some were business owners concerned about their property, near the facility. McQueen says the residents are supervised and have a curfew. The decision meeting is set for May 18th.
The Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen meet tonight. They will discuss adding regulations on the water system to the municipal code, some no parking zones within the city and pursuing delinquent water and sewer bills. The board will likely certify results from the last election, take action on some appointments by the mayor and select a mayor pro-tem. The meeting starts at six o’clock in Lake Ozark City Hall.
The Westlake Aquatic Center is going to get a new lift chair to help disabled seniors enjoy the pool, after all. The Center learned a law requires the facility to have a lift chair, but funding just wasn’t available. Enter Lynn Griswold, who heard the story and had a Mom who enjoyed her community pool in her later years. He’s the owner of Medical Transportation Management in Laurie and is dedicating up to 75-hundred dollars through Community Foundation of the Lake to get the Aquatic Center in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Senator Claire McCaskill says the University of Missouri in Columbia is participating in the U-S Cyber Challenge, this summer, and she’s hoping local students will apply. The program includes hands on training and a job fair for 100 young people who are interesting in the field of cybersecurity. This is the last week to enter a national online competition for scholarships to attend the program, which is the week of July 25th.
Security is tight at the Laclede County Government Center, this week, as the murder trial for 30 year old Jesus Sesena Murrieta begins. The Mexican national is accused of shooting an Arkansas man, 22 year old Alonzo Foster Junior, in Ozark County in 2008. He pleaded not guilty to charges of second degree murder and armed criminal action.
Governor Jay Nixon is activating the Missouri National Guard to help with response efforts to flooding in different parts of the state. Poplar Bluff, Branson and other communities have had flood evacuations. The Black River flowed over the levee. And, there’s more rain in the forecast, there, today.
Ironically, the Air National Guard is dealing with its own emergency operations. The tornado that hit Saint Louis County on Friday did some serious damage to the Missouri Air National Guard facility at Lambert Airport, which houses the 131st Mission Support Group and several tenant units. 16 buildings on the south side of the base were damaged. No injuries were reported.