The Osage Beach Board of Aldermen wants some answers regarding communication problems between the city of Osage Beach, MoDOT and a state legislator about the Key Largo/West End issue.
The board voted unanimously Thursday night to invite MoDOT and Rep. Rocky Miller to a future board member to help resolve the Key Largo/Osage Beach Parkway debacle that has dogged the city for nearly a year.
The confusion among city officials and with MoDOT over the status of what the city wants done not only with the Key Largo intersection but also the dead-end Osage Beach Parkway is unabated. Aldermen continued to offer different solutions to the problem, with no cohesive direction.
At the crux of the confusion is a letter dated Feb. 11 from Representative Miller to MoDOT’s David Silvester which asked MoDOT to move forward with plans to revamp the Key Largo intersection. However, Osage Beach staff said the first they knew of the letter was at a March 21 board meeting.
And no one apparently has had a response from MoDOT regarding Miller’s letter, although some city officials thought MoDOT was still waiting for the city to respond to four options it offered earlier this year.
Aldermen and city staff were unsure what motions had been approved and when regarding the Key Largo/West End issue, nor could they agree on what direction the city had given MoDOT.
The city hopes to clear the air with Miller and MoDOT at the upcoming meeting.
“I want MoDOT to stand here and tell us, and I want Mr. Miller here to get this flushed out,” Alderman Steve Kahrs said.
After several minutes of bantering, Alderman Kevin Rucker said there “has been a lot of communication and a lot of miscommunication. We need to move forward. There’s no use throwing rocks.”
Alderman John Olivarri continued to assert that the Key Largo/West End issue was not the city’s problem and the city shouldn’t use its money to fix the problem.
Alderman Fred Catcott said he wants to pursue a two-way outer road concept in conjunction with the Key Largo improvements. That would involve opening the dead-end Parkway and extending it to near Y Road.
Speaking from the audience, Lazy Days Road resident Bill Bennett said an outer road would expedite traffic to Camdenton, “but that isn’t best for the city. If we settle for that then what is best (full interchange) won’t happen.”
Olivarri noted that the board’s responsibility was taking care of city business, not just Key Largo. “We need to make a decision in the best interests of the city,” he said.
Page 2 of 2 - Bennett sparked the discussion during the Public Comment portion of the meeting when he reminded the board it has been nearly a year since the Key Largo issue came to the board. He said a full interchange for the area is the right solution, but will not happen in the immediate future.
What is needed now, he said, was improved signage for motorists on the Expressway and lighting at the Key Largo intersection. Residents along Lazy Days Road and west of Rt. KK feel “disenfranchised” because Osage Beach signage on the Expressway doesn’t even begin until past Key Largo.