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  • OBFPD approves new dock inspection regulation

  • A new requirement that expands the Osage Beach Fire Protection District dock inspection program will go into effect Sept. 1.
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  • A new requirement that expands the Osage Beach Fire Protection District dock inspection program will go into effect Sept. 1.
    The OBFPD Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt an amendment to the original ordinance passed in 2006. It says:
    •Any dock within the OBFPD that has a transfer of ownership must be inspected by the fire department. A residential dock is defined as one permitted in an owner’s name and not tied to any association.
    Any dock that passes inspection will be good for one year.
    There is a minimum fee of $50 to inspect a dock up to four wells. Docks with five or more wells will be charged a flat rate of $50 plus $6 per well. One re-inspection is included in the feet, but additional re-inspections will be charged $25 per inspection.
    The decision comes about a year after three people died at the lake from electrocution.
    “I want to thank my board of directors for taking the lead on this project,” Fire Chief Jeff Dorhauer said. “However, we realize that even with this step we must be aware that this is not the final answer to this and much work still needs to be done. No inspection, no ordinance and no state legislation can ever remove all hazards. It’s our hope through a partnership of dock owner’s, building officials, Ameren Missouri and state legislators we can make great strides in providing a safe environment for our residents and visitors to the Lake. The Fire District encourages all dock owners to make regular inspections to their docks and to repair items when problems are detected.”
    Ameren Missouri, which has a vested interest in the lake, is also supportive of the OBFPD decision.
    Jeff Green, Ameren’s supervisor of shoreline management, said “we are supportive of the Fire District's efforts to require inspections of docks prior to transfer of ownership. This will increase the number of inspected docks thereby hopefully improving electrical safety on docks that might not otherwise be inspected or upgraded.”
     
    Existing rules
    Docks already covered by the OBFPD ordinances include
    •A dock that is new as of Jan. 1, 2006
    •Docks that are moved into a new location whether new or used as of Jan. 1, 2006
    •Any dock that has an updated to its electrical system or structure that results in work being done to the dock’s electrical system
    Questions can be directed to the Osage Beach Fire Protection District at 573-348-1221 or the Web Site at
    http://obfire.com/dock-information/
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