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Published May 17, 2017

Dollars denied for Historical Society reenactment

OSAGE BEACH – A request to the city from the Camden County Historical Society and Museum for event money did not receive a vote at last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

The funds were requested to support a Civil Wear Reenactment event that will take place in June of 2018. The request was for $2,000.

The city sponsored this event in 2015 for $2,000 but that was prior to the Community Event Support program that was created in 2016.

So far this year the city has fielded five requests for money from the $10,000 set aside in the budget for these types of requests.

The money in this fund has dwindled with the approval of some (not all) of the requests this year. Those requests that were granted and their amounts are:

1. Firefighter Challenge (approved January 3, 2017) $1,000
2. Lake Race-Festival of Speed (approved March 2, 2017) $2,500
3. Bike Fest (approved March 2, 2017) $2,000

Since the budget amount is only $10,000 the city has a remaining balance of only $4,500.

Though the ordinance for distributing the funds does not specifically require that the event be held in the city, Aldermen Jeff Bethurem and Kevin Rucker both spoke that it has become an unwritten rule.

This event is not in the city but is at the Missouri Trapshooters location of State Route A in Montreal.

Aldermen Greg Massey mentioned that some of the visitors and participants might be shopping and staying in the city so they would benefit from that.

It was then mentioned that a considerable amount (if not all) of the participants stay overnight at the event so the benefits to the city would be small.

The projected budget for the event is $16,718, according to the application submitted by the historical society.

The proceeds from the event will go into maintenance of the 85-year-old building that houses the museum.

Bethurem also mentioned that most organizations that request money from the city actually show up at the Board of Aldermen meeting when the issue is addressed in case the board has any questions (which the board did have).

It was noted that no representative from the historical society was present.

No one made a motion for the request so the matter died on the floor.

In other business addressed at the board meeting:

• Held a public hearing and a rezoning of a request from RFW Properties from C-1 (General Commercial) to I-1 (Light Industrial). No one spoke against or in favor of the request.

The property fronts Osage Beach Parkway within the area between Highway KK and Lazy Days Road and is located at 6368 Osage Beach Parkway. The applicant requesting the rezoning intends to construct a new facility that will be used for the rental of heavy equipment and machinery (mini excavators, skid loaders etc.).

The board approved the rezoning request.

• Removed a bill from the agenda that would change the city code and increase the age limit to purchase tobacco and vapor products from the current age (18 years old) to 21.

The ordinance, which originated by the City Attorney for Alderman Bethurem, would follow other cities in Missouri which have considered the issue of age limit to purchase the products.

Due to problems with the language in the proposed bill, Bethurem withdrew it from consideration.

• Approved both readings of a contract with Corrective Asphalt Material, LLC for the Passover Road Seal Coat Project in the amount of $33,976.50.
• Voted to reschedule the Thursday, June 1 Board of Aldermen meeting to June 8. To avoid having two board meetings on consecutive Thursdays, the board also moved the second meeting of the month to June 22.

Alderman Phyllis Marose requested the change due to a scheduling conflict with the Festival for Speed.

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