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  • Aldermen question the condition of Nichols Rd.

  • The safety and condition of a road that will be the main artery for carrying hundreds of children to a new Osage Beach Elementary School was a concern shared with Osage Beach city staff Thursday night.
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  • The safety and condition of a road that will be the main artery for carrying hundreds of children to a new Osage Beach Elementary School was a concern shared with Osage Beach city staff Thursday night.
    The elementary school will be relocated from its current location on Osage Beach Parkway near Osage Beach Premium Outlets to Nichols Road across from Sycamore Creek Golf Course clubhouse. Clearing of the land has been ongoing for several months, and actual construction is expected to begin this summer. The school is being relocated because of overcrowding at its present location and because the Duenke Family donated land for the new facility along Nichols Road.
    Second Ward Alderman Steve Kahrs said heavy traffic along Nichols Road relative to the construction project is beginning to impact the road as is a steady stream of traffic to the other areas served by the street.
    He asked city staff to “take a hard look” at the road based on traffic count and how the road is beginning to deteriorate. He estimates that at least half of the students attending Osage Beach Elementary School will be dropped off by their parents, thus increasing the traffic flow and impact on the road.
    Kahrs said he has seen vehicles with and without trailers slip off the roadway where there are no shoulders.
    “The road has taken a hit and I’m seeing some deterioration,” he said. “I’m concerned something’s going to happen. It’s not so much the traffic count, but it’s the heavier vehicles.”
    Second Ward Alderman Michelle Myler agreed, noting that with the new school will come more housing and future development in the area. She said current traffic counts probably aren’t relevant to what will take place after the school is opened in the fall of 2015.
    She noted that vendors servicing the new school would also have an impact on the roads.
    City staff is expected to offer some suggestions at a future meeting.
    P&Z minutes
    Alderman Kevin Rucker asked if city staff could figure out a way for Planning and Zoning Committee meeting minutes to be approved more quickly. In one instance, a committee that met in 2013 was asked to approve minutes from a 2011 meeting.
    He asked if the city clerk and city attorney could provide some ideas on how to hasten P&Z minutes approval. Rucker wondered if there is any legal time limit to approve minutes.
    He feels there is a potential problem when minutes of a meeting held months previously are approved by a board that wasn’t involved in the initial meeting.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I think the time frame we’ve seen is a little long in a couple of situations,” he said.
    Mayor Penny Lyons said she understands the concern, but isn’t sure how to solve the problem. Sometimes a quorum isn’t available to hold a meeting, so previous meeting minutes can’t be approved until a meeting with a full quorum.
    “That’s an interesting question,” City Attorney Edu Rucker said. “Osage Beach can’t be the city to think of this.”
    He said he would do some research.
    Other business
    •The board approved second reading and adoption of an ordinance that allows first responders to engage in political activity as long as they are not on duty or in uniform. The ordinance brings the city into compliance with state law.
    •The board approved second reading and adoption of an ordinance that brings the city into compliance with state law governing the termination of a chief of police.
    •There were no written comments during a public hearing on a rezoning request by Langpaul Holdings, LLC. The request was to rezone an area at Robin’s Resort from C-1 general commercial to C-1 with an E-Overlay to allow the rental of Personal Watercraft. The board also approved the rezoning request.
    •The board approved purchase of a sewer pump truck with pressure washer for $74,891.31, under the budgeted estimated of $78,000; approved the purchase of chemicals for use by the water and sewer departments. Hydrofluosilicic acid and sodium hypochlorite will be purchased from DPC Enterprises for $23,932; and sodium hydroxide solution will be purchased from Brenntag Mid-South for $3,249.

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