To catch a thief.
That's what at least two Horseshoe Bend residents hope will happen to the individual or individuals who are stealing not only street signs but also American flags.
Ranita Jones, who with her husband manage the placement of flags along some of the Bend at holidays, has told the board several times that someone is taking flags. Four have been stolen this year, and while the cost to replace them isn't that much, it's still money out of her pocket to replace them. The program exists because individuals and businesses have donated money to buy the flags.
And now, the Horseshoe Bend Road District (HBRD) is having the same problem ― only with more expensive road signs.
John Jenkins, with the HBRD, told the Village of Four Seasons Trustees Wednesday evening that he's concerned the sign thefts could lead to someone being seriously injured or killed when stop and yield signs are removed. When street signs are stolen, emergency responders have a difficult time finding their destinations.
"We're considering a substantial reward for the arrest and conviction of the people responsible," he said. "It's a real problem, and it's a money problem. They're even sawing some of the wooden posts off."
Jenkins said HBRD officials believe the signs are being taken as a novelty and because there's value in the metal. The Road District might begin marking their signs so companies that buy metal will recognize their origin.
"We've already contacted some of them as a heads-up," he said.
Cpl. Jimmy Elkins of the Camden County Sheriff's Department said the problem has been going on for years, and recognizes the signs are expensive. There is little his department can do other than return the signs if they're found abandoned.
Jenkins also took exception to a comment at last month's meeting by a Horseshoe Bend resident who complained that HBRD employees were speeding well beyond the posted speed limit while using district equipment.
"Our guys would be fired on the spot if they did that," he said. "The Sheriff's Department knows our people don't do that."
Trustee Arnold Sandbothe praised the efforts of the Road District employees who acted quickly and efficiently in cleaning up roads and streets after last week's rains overwhelmed ditches and culverts.
He said it was the worst rain and subsequent damage he's seen in the last 13 years.
Trustee Carolyn Loraine chimed in as well, sharing her accolades for the district.
"Kevin and his crew do a fantastic job," Jenkins said. "We also try to help out other road districts that don't have the equipment they need."
Page 2 of 2 - Ordinances
The Trustees unanimously approved three ordinances and an insurance quote. These were:
•An ordinance that establishes the regulation and inspection of on-site sewage disposal systems and adopting minimum construction standards for on-site sewage disposal systems within the Village of Four Seasons.
•An ordinance that adopts the 2011 National Electrical Code to establish minimum regulations governing the design, construction, alteration, enlargement, repair, maintenance and use of all buildings and structures within the Village of Four Seasons. This brings the Village into compliance with lake-area fire departments regarding docks so there is no discrepancy between agencies.
•An ordinance establishing a $250 permit fee for the construction, installation or modification of a wastewater treatment system within the Village.
•Accepted the only bid for city insurance at $14,019, which includes $33 for terrorism coverage. The package includes general liability, property, inland marine, automobile and property owners' liability and directors' and officers' insurance.
The board also:
•Agreed to partner with Ozark Shores Water Company and the Lake Ozark Fire Department in buying and installing four new fire hydrants. Cost to the Village will be $500 each or $2,000.
•Agreed to buy a lot within the Village that will be sold on the Camden County Courthouse steps later this month during the delinquent tax sale. The private property currently showcases some of the landscaping that adorns various areas of the Village, and trustees don't want to lose that aesthetic aspect. Cost is minimal and covers back property taxes. The Property Owners Association has agreed to waive delinquent POA assessments to allow the Village to buy the land.