A move to implement restrictions on open burning in Osage Beach was extinguished quickly Thursday night. The Board of Aldermen was scheduled to vote on first reading of their new ordinance, but instead removed the item from the agenda. Many board members felt that the proposal on the table had outgrown their intended goal, which was initially to limit burning trash in barrels. Mayor John Olivarri said through the discussion process, the ordinance went in a different direction.
The ordinance is expected to be redrafted before it’s given any further consideration.
In other news, the groundwork has been laid for the final piece of the taxiway reconstruction project at Lee C. Fine Airport. The Osage Beach Board of Aldermen approved the $1.69 million project at their meeting Thursday night. FAA grants are expected to cover the majority of the cost, with the city’s portion coming in at just over $194,000. That money will come from the 2019 budget. The project is expected to be completed in 2019.