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  • City looks to amend liquor licensing

  • The Osage Beach Board of Aldermen took the first step last week in clarifying the city's liquor license process by approving first reading of an ordinance that amends the city's current regulations.
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  • The Osage Beach Board of Aldermen took the first step last week in clarifying the city’s liquor license process by approving first reading of an ordinance that amends the city’s current regulations.
    The amendment delegates the city clerk to authorize the issuance of a temporary liquor permit to a business or person who currently holds a retail sale by the drink license. The special permit can be for catering, tasting or sale for consumption on premises.
    The second reading is expected at the March 20 regular board of aldermen meeting.
    The proposed change came after Alderman Kevin Rucker earlier this month challenged the approval of a temporary permit without the board’s involvement. The City Grill sought, and received, permission from city staff to have a temporary permit during the Pub Crawl, which was more than 10 days before aldermen were notified.
    Rucker said he was aware of another bar/restaurant that was refused a permit a few days before an event because the permit had not been considered by the aldermen. He wondered if there was a double standard in issuing permits.
    City Attorney Ed Rucker told the board March 6 that city code allows the city clerk to issue temporary permits to churches, schools, civic, service, fraternal and other types of charitable organizations. Under the proposed ordinance amendment, any business or person holding a valid liquor by the drink license can receive a temporary permit from the clerk.
    Clerk honored
    City Clerk Diann Warner was honored for 30 years of service as a city clerk to the city of Osage Beach.
    Mayor Penny Lyons presented a plaque of appreciation, a clock and a gift card.
    She praised Warner for her commitment to the city, its employees and the public. Warner is tolerant, is always pleasant and smiles and has to learn complexity of city government.
    “She’s well thought of by her peers,” Lyons said. “She sets an example of all of us, although we don’t always follow her lead.”
    Praises and accolades from aldermen and city staff continued later in the board meeting as each had uplifting comments about her tenure with the city.
    Electronic billboards
    The board authorized a contract with Lamar Companies for the use of electronic billboards at each end of the Grand Glaize Bridge.
    Cost is $1,500 per sign for a four-week total of $21,000 and is budgeted out of an Economic Development/Community Promotion Fund. The city’s rental will run from March 17-Sept. 24.
    The city uses the signs to promote various community events and to encourage shopping and staying in Osage Beach.
    Other business, the board:
    Page 2 of 2 - •Authorized a contract with Surecut Lawncare, LLC, of Eldon, for landscape and lawn maintenance at the city hall for $12,500 at a man-hour cost of $35.
    •Approved the purchase of changeable message boards and arrow boards from K&K Systems. These would be used for traffic control when maintenance is being done. Cost is $32,336.
    •Authorized the purchase of a Ricoh wide-format color digital imaging system in the amount of $9,700.
    •Heard from OB resident Jim Morris who praised the Osage Beach Police and Fire departments which responded to his traffic accident recently.

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