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  • City one step closer to owning OB Parkway

  • The city of Osage Beach has taken the first major step toward assuming ownership and maintenance of Osage Beach Parkway.
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  • The city of Osage Beach has taken the first major step toward assuming ownership and maintenance of Osage Beach Parkway.
    The board of aldermen last Thursday authorized the mayor to execute a supplemental municipal agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for the transfer of the Parkway/aka Business Route 54 to the city.
    City Engineer Nick Edelman explained that this agreement does not transfer ownership or responsibility. It merely provides for a variety of changes to the original agreement for the transfer of the parkway and other streets.
    The first major change is from a split diamond interchange to include two diamond interchanges ― one at Route KK and the other at Nichols Road.
    The original agreement had a split diamond interchange, which was not built.
    The new agreement also defines Burton Duenke Drive and Fire Station Road instead of referring to Lake Road 54-59.
    The new agreement also defines Case Road Connection and associated street connections along the service road.
    The original agreement changes ownership from the city to MoDOT of a bridge on the parkway near Mace Road that crosses over the expressway. MoDOT will maintain the bridge. Alderman Kevin Rucker raised the question of who is responsible to the bridge near Mace Road if the city is plowing snow and causes damage to state property. Edelman said he would seek clarification from MoDOT.
    The agreement is not the final step in accepting the Parkway, but rather a modification of the original agreement.
    Deeds approving the transfer of the Parkway will be forthcoming, he said, and an official 120-day notice from MoDOT to the city.
    Handing over ownership and maintenance was part of an agreement between MoDOT and the city when the Expressway was first considered.
    Lee C. Fine lease
    The board authorized the mayor to execute a 1999 five-year lease agreement with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for Lee C. Fine Airport.
    The city leases and operates the airport, and the current lease expires next spring.
    On April 24, 2006, the city and the DNR amended the original agreement to change the term of the lease from 20 to 31 years, but also allowed the city to request a five-year extension every five years so the city can seek federal funding for on-going operational needs.
    Other business
    The board:
    •Authorized the mayor to sign a contract with Travis Hodge Hauling, LLC, for the repair of two lift stations. Hodge was the only bidder. cost of the project is $24,500.
    •Authorized the mayor to sign a contract with Hodge in the amount of $60,649 for the emergency replacement of deteriorating iron pipe that recently sustained a major break. The main runs from the Lazy Days area to the Sands Lift Station.

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