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  • Aldermen looking at wider road for Shootout party location

  • With the Shoootout at the Park scheduled to return to the Laurie Fairgrounds in 2014, the city board of aldermen will be considering widening Anna Rd. at its junction with Route O to expand the turn radius onto the highway by four to six feet.
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  • With the Shoootout at the Park scheduled to return to the Laurie Fairgrounds in 2014, the city board of aldermen will be considering widening Anna Rd. at its junction with Route O to expand the turn radius onto the highway by four to six feet.
    The Shootout at the Park moved to Laurie last year from Lake Ozark where it was called the Shootout Street Party. It is a kick-off for the annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in August which has several activities over a week in late August that are under the Shootout umbrella raising money for local fire departments and charities.
    The mid-week meet and greet in Laurie features many of the boats and racers who then go on to compete in the main event that weekend — boating time trial racing headquartered at Captain Ron's Bar & Grill in Sunrise Beach.
    Laurie aldermen were presented with the suggestion that the city widen the turn radius at the Anna Rd. intersection by Shootout Planning Committee member Dennis Devine at its April 8 meeting.
    The city recently rescheduled its regular meetings to be held on the second Tuesday of the month instead of the second Wednesday.
    The suggestion from Devine was the largest ticket item on a list of potential obligations for both the city board and event committee related to the meet and greet. The two entities will work together to get a handle on all areas of concern, according to Devine.
    The turn radius is an issue due to the large racing boats that exit the fairgrounds at this point.
    According to Laurie Public Works Director Ed Young, the city has been in contact with the Missouri Department of Transportation regarding the proposed project, but the city has not been officially notified of approval yet. The project is also not currently included in the city's budget for the year.
    Last year, gravel temporarily filled out the intersection, but while no problems occurred, the committee prefers to make sure there is plenty of room for the large racing boats to safely make the turn onto Route O.
    Last year's Shootout at the Park was a huge success, Devine said, and did the community proud.
    The 2014 Shootout at the Park will be held Aug. 20.
    Other Laurie news
    • Aldermen approved a new liquor license for Indian Rock Golf Club Management Group.
    • No further information was available yet on a proposed service contract for maintenance on city grinder pumps. Some of the pumps serving homes and businesses in the city have now been operating around 10 years as the sewer was originally installed in 2004.
    • Water Well No. 3 should be back in service soon, reported Young, after a relining project to extend casing further down in the well took one of the city's drinking water sources offline. The relining is being done to try to stop sediment infiltration into the city's main well. A turbidity sensor shuts the well off from the system when the infiltration clouds the water, but that leaves the system with a lower capacity well and no backup. Flynn Drilling was finished with the relining and was scheduled to start pump testing soon, according to Young.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Sales tax revenue reported for April was the lowest its been for the month since 2009, according to City Clerk Olive Wood. The 1 percent sales tax for the general fund brought in $22,275 this month. The same time period last year saw revenue from the tax of $24,342. The total was $27,184 in 2012, $32,590 in 2011 and $23,71 in 2010. The April revenue reflects sales in the previous month.
    • The Laurie Police Department reported 36 traffic stops, 13 total summons, six assists to other agencies, one report of shoplifting, one of property damage and five alarm responses. There were a total of 306 calls for service. Chief Mark Black also reported hiring two new reserve officers, Scott Craig and Brian Williams.
    • A closed session on real estate matters was held at the end of the regular open meeting. The outcome of the closed session was not available the next day, but will be released within 72 hours in accordance with the Sunshine Law, according to Wood.
    • With the meetings moved to the second Tuesday of the month, the meeting was held on the municipal election night. Scott Fahrer was elected as the new mayor defeating incumbent Herb Keck. Incumbent Ward II Aldermen Allen Kimberling, however, retained his seat with a win over Bradley Davis. Fahrer, Kimberling and Ward I Aldermen Greg Lux - who ran unopposed - will be sworn in at the May 13 meeting.
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