(Updated April 26, 2017)



Audit request may cost over $100,000 if approved


CAMDEN COUNTY – The county commissioners may be spending over $100,000 for a state audit if their request is approved by Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway.

Last week two of the county commissioners (Greg Hasty and Beverly Thomas) voted to request a full state audit of the entire county.

The issue had been addressed on March 7 at a meeting between two of the three commissioners (this time it was Greg Hasty and Don Williams). According to the minutes of that meeting, several citizens had requested it.

“The Commission met with a group of citizens concerning having a comprehensive audit performed on the county. Following discussion Commissioner Williams made a motion to begin moving forward and taking the necessary steps to have a comprehensive, performance audit of Camden County government performed, including researching everything that is involved, whether we should have it performed by the state versus a private company from outside Camden County, the pros and cons of each alternative, and the costs that will be involved. Commissioner Hasty seconded the motion. The motion passed by vote: Commissioner Williams (Yes), Commissioner Hasty (Yes).”

Last Tuesday (April 18) Thomas and Hasty voted to move forward on the matter. The minutes of the meeting mentioned a Richard Pope but failed to identify who he is or why he was speaking at the meeting.


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Engineering for Mace Road improvements begins

OSAGE BEACH – Improvements to the end of Mace Road are in the works, with the engineering contract approved last week by the Board of Aldermen.

The problem, according to Public Works Director Nicholas Edelman, is the current end of Mace Road makes it difficult for large vehicles – a school bus or a fire truck, to turn around. The proposed solution is a round-a-bout.

“We went out for engineering selection near the end of 2016 to design a bus turnaround and other improvements to Mace Road. The current idea for the design is a round-a-bout at the end of Mace Road. This will allow buses and fire trucks to turn around on a City Street,” Edelman said in his report to the board.

The engineering contract is with Bartlett and West in the amount of $105,326 but is only the engineering fees for Phase 1. Edelman said that there will be future design for the rest of the roadway.

The improvements will, however, require some land acquisition and Edelman said his department has already started conversations with the land owners and they like the idea of a round-a-bout.

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National Drug Take Back Day

OSAGE BEACH – The city police department will be holding a drug take back program on Saturday April 29.

“The Osage Beach Police Department, Project Healthy Living and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs,” a spokesman said.

Those interested can bring their drugs to the parking lot of the School of the Osage Middle School, 635 Highway 42, in Osage Beach from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m..

Note that the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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Route 7 bridge repairs

JEFFERSON CITY – Drivers who use Route 7 to travel between highway 44 and the lake area will have to find another way until late July.

Replacement of the deck on the Missouri Route 7 bridge over the Gasconade River in Pulaski County was scheduled to begin last Monday, April 24.

The bridge and road will be closed until late July. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work area.

Detour routes around the work area include Interstate 44 and Route 133.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said they appreciate the patience of motorists while the work takes place.

For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central.


Drivers beware: It’s turtle time again!

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages motorists to give turtles crossing roads a brake. Turtles are struck by cars throughout warmer months, but are at special risk this time of year because they are on the move.

Young males make up most of the travelers as they search for territories of their own and for females. Females are also crossing roads in search of nesting sites. Comfort is also a factor. Like other reptiles, turtles are cold-blooded so basking on warm asphalt feels good on cool spring days.

MDC encourages motorists to slow down when they see a turtle in the road and check to be sure they can safely steer around it. If helping a turtle cross a road, keep human safety as the number-one concern. Check for traffic and move the turtle across the road in the direction it is traveling.

Those wishing to see a short MDC video on turtles crossing roads can go to the following web address: youtube.com/watch?v=4KaTQ66uBhY

Three-toed box turtles, ornate box turtles, and common snapping turtles are species often seen crossing roads in Missouri.

For more information on Missouri turtles, visit MDC’s online Field Guide at nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/search/turtle


OB police department offers a safe exchange zone

OSAGE BEACH - The Osage Beach Police Department is giving people a safe place to carry out child custody exchanges and the exchange of goods sold or bought online.

“A lot of people are buying and/or selling more things online and they don’t always feel safe when making arrangements to meet,” a police spokesman said. “In an effort to make sure these transactions as well as child custody exchanges go smoothly, the Osage Beach Police Department has designated two of the front parking spaces on the City Hall side of the building as a safe zone.”

The parking spaces are marked with signs which read, “Safe Exchange Zone- This area is reserved for Child Custody, Private Property, and E-Commerce transactions. 24 Hour Video Surveillance- If Police Response is needed call 911 (Emergency) or 573-302-2010 (Non-Emergency)”.

The area is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week and is free for the public to use.

“Although, the Osage Beach Police Department encourages the use of the designated parking areas for exchanges, we ask that citizens always exercise good judgment in their interactions with others and arrange these transactions during day light hours,” the spokesman concluded.

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