The next time you see Rocky Miller, shake his hand and tell him a job well done. Or send him an email. Or a text. Or call him.
We’re thankful he’s our State Representative.
Rocky, a long-time resident of Miller County and the lake area, is primarily responsible for first introducing an E. coli bill and then managing the legislation that eventually was signed by Governor Nixon Friday.
Our visitors, our beaches, our lake and our communities are better because of Rocky’s tenacity.
Rocky, elected last November to be the District 124 State Representative, was quick to act on behalf of the Lake of the Ozarks. He introduced the bill in the House in the first days of the legislature last January. With apparent support of both houses and the DNR, the legislation got caught up in politics and Miller, with guidance from veteran legislators Diane Franklin and David Wood, keep it alive and attached the language to two bills.
Rocky, naturally, has been a bit frustrated with the DNR and Governor Nixon. He made a statement Friday when the bill was passed:
“I am glad the ridiculous method that the State Parks Department uses to test and close beaches will be changed,” Miller said of Nixon’s signing. “I am saddened that it took the governor so long to sign the bill. The lake area has suffered unknown but substantial loss due to his delay in signing this legislation. I will continue to attempt to protect the lake area from the uncaring actions of state government run by Governor Nixon.”
We’re elated that Rocky and other legislators persevered.
From this corner, our sincere thanks. Keep up the good work, Rocky.
And speaking of good deeds:
The Magic Dragon Pipes and Drum Band (comprised of firefighters) circulated around the lake Friday and Saturday for its annual fundraiser. The band, made up of bagpipe players and a couple of drummers, traveled to at least six on-the-water venues over the weekend to raise funds for the band.
At each of the stops, the band played a handful of traditional bagpipe songs to the delight of the crowds while other volunteers passed around boots for donations. Band members and their entourage made the rounds on a charter bus, and everyone was having a good time. The cool thing is that “pipers” from as far away as Texas, New Jersey and Indiana came to the lake to participate. The Magic Dragon band has made a name for itself and performed at several events including the funeral of Navy Seal Kris Kyle in Dallas and at a memorial for four Houston firefighters who were killed in May. What an honor for our local firefighters. What a great way to spread good news about the Lake of the Ozarks.
Page 2 of 2 - I caught up with them at Dog Days Saturday night. I’ve seen them perform before, but it’s still a thrill to listen to the pipers and to watch the crowds show their appreciation.
Kudos to Osage Beach Fire Chief Jeff Dorhauer, the leader of the group. He doesn’t perform, but he manages their visit and sports the traditional regalia just like the rest of ‘em.
Lake Ozark just can’t get a break.
No matter how hard aldermen and city staff try to take a step forward, somebody jumps into the fray to block their way.
Eric Reeve, branded as The Lake’s Liberal, has taken the board and city attorney to task twice in the Lake Sun over the board’s decision to implement a strict public nuisance ordinance.
The intent of the board is honorable. Like many of us who have been around for a while, they remember how the Strip was taken over by hooligans and ne’er-do-wells a few years ago. Seriously, families were afraid to take their children there on a Saturday nights. Now, with an eye to improving the image of the city, the board is serious about partnering with a Califorina-based production company to participate in a reality television series about the Lake Ozark Police Department, the city and the lake.
Publicity about the possibility has generated some less-than-respectful comments online from detractors.
I covered Lake Ozark city government in the early 2000s, and I’m covering it again. Today’s board and city staff have moved the city light years ahead of where it was a decade ago. In fact, the city continues to clean up messes caused by previous boards and administration.
Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.