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Updated May 22, 2024

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$1,000,000 upgrade for Osage Beach Road

OSAGE BEACH – The city is one step closer to beginning a road improvement project with the approval of the first reading for the project.

At last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting, the board gave the first-reading approval for Logan Excavating LLC for the Osage Beach Road improvement project for an amount not to exceed $1,093,297.80.

The city received six bids for the project. The engineer’s estimate came in at $1,247,226.25. The six bids were:

The bid from Logan is under the budget the city set aside for this project.

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The city really wants a use tax

Despite the overwhelming failure of the use tax in the April election, the city still wants one.

In that election, the ballot measure said:

“PROPOSITION NO. U: For the purpose of funding the construction, maintenance, repair of, and improvements to the City's Parks and Recreation System, and with any additional funds being applied to other General Fund needs of the City, shall the City of Osage Beach impose a local use tax at the same rate as the total local sales tax rate, currently Two percent
(2.0%), provided that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action?”

Voters in the Miller County section of Osage Beach voted 16 for and 16 against. But Camden County voters told a different story: 159 voted no and 85 voted yes so the use tax died.

But despite the overwhelming vote of no, the board last Thursday discussed putting the use tax on the November ballot. Since this was only a discussion the measure has to come back to the board for approval and then, if approved, it goes on the November ballot.

Serious injuries in rollover crash

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – A Halfway man is in serious condition following a one-vehicle accident last week.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) last Wednesday (May 15) at 5:45 a.m., Cody Battles, 21, of Halfway, MO, was driving a 2008 Infiniti G35 south on Highway 73 south of Pennington Drive in Camden County, when the vehicle went off the right side of the road.

Battles overcorrected, returned to the road, crossed the center of the road and ran off the left side of the roadway, hit a ditch, overturned, hit two trees and returned to the roadway.

He suffered serious injuries and was taken by EMS to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, MO. He was not wearing a seat belt. The car was totaled in the crash.

The week started out with a juvenile getting injured in another 2008 Infiniti.

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Second try on water rate increase

OSAGE BEACH – After the very vocal opposition by residents of the city to a proposed increase in water and sewer rates, the Board of Aldermen will once again address the issue with new proposed rates.

The first proposal saw a large increase in the rates all at one time – something people were very much against.

One example from the first proposed rate increase was the basic sewer charge. Currently it is $18.20 but the proposed increase would have brought it to $35.14 which is a 93 percent increase. Water rates would be increased approximately 43 percent.

The board tabled the increase at the March 21, 2024 meeting for further review.

The new rate proposal will increase the rates in two steps, one this year and the next in 2025.

Going back to the example of the sewer rate change, the basic metered sewer charge currently is $18.20. The new proposed rate increase, if approved by the board, would begin on August 1, 2024 and would be increased from $18.20 to $22.97.

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New police chief for Lake Ozark

LAKE OZARK - In a special session of the Board of Aldermen last week, James Boren was appointed to serve as the city’s next Police Chief

According to the city, Boren began his employment with the city 19 years ago as a dispatcher and was sponsored by the city to attend the Police Academy. 

17 years ago, he began his career as a police officer in Lake Ozark, moving up through the ranks of Corporal, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant and most recently as Interim Police Chief.

“My goal for this department is to lead it with integrity and best serve the needs of our unique community,” Boren said. “We will continue to strive for perfection, knowing it takes work from all of us, but I'm honored and thrilled to be able to lead this department in that direction.”


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