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  • Four Seasons residents rally against Gators' zoning issues

  • It was standing-room-only at Wednesday night's Village of Four Seasons monthly meeting, but the issue at hand is outside the Village's boundaries and jurisdiction.
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  • It was standing-room-only at Wednesday night’s Village of Four Seasons monthly meeting, but the issue at hand is outside the Village’s boundaries and jurisdiction.
    An estimated 20 residents of the Four Seasons Property Owners Association and of Horseshoe Bend filled the room to use the meeting as a forum to rail against zoning issues involving property at Bittersweet Road and Anemone Road owned by Gary Prewitt.
    Mark Dunn, a resident of Casco Court on Horseshoe Bend and an attorney, acknowledged that Village of Four Seasons Trustees have no authority in the matter but urged the trustees “to show leadership and protect the residents” of the Village “because the issue clearly has an impact on them.”
    Casco, two representatives of the POA and a handful of others spoke briefly about the importance of rallying in unity against Prewitt’s endeavors, including zoning issues involving Lazy Gators at the end of Sweet William Road. That area is also outside the boundaries and jurisdiction of the Village of Four Seasons. Many in the audience had signed or planned to sign a letter urging the commissioners to zone a previously unzoned piece of property R-1 for single-family homes and not allow commercial development.
    The property is not the existing parking lot owned by Prewitt on the south side of Bittersweet, but is located on the north side of Bittersweet, the west side of Anemone Road and the south side of Imperial Point Drive, the east side of Primrose and the south side of Thistle Road.
    The Camden County Commissioners will take up Prewitt’s zoning request when it meets at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at the courthouse in Camdenton.
    The trustees took no action.
    Fire chief
    Lake Ozark Fire Chief Mark Amsinger was invited by the trustees to review operations of the department and to address the number of fires on Horseshoe Bend.
    Trustee Arnold Sandbothe said the Village sent a letter to Amsinger asking for his input on how the Village and the LOFD can “partner” to increase the level of awareness to prevent fires.
    Amsinger said there have been 22 fires on Horseshoe Bend as of Wednesday, and that none was of suspicious origin. The fires were accidental or the fault of homeowner equipment. He said it was purely coincidental that two of the fires were in the same neighborhood.
    Fires run in cycles, he pointed out. In 2013, there were 22 total fires and mutual aid calls, but the year before there were 40. The number of overall service calls averages 1,100 per year, and the LOFD has responded to 560 so far this year.
    Electrical fires and chimney flu fires comprise the bulk of the 22 reported so far this year.
    Page 2 of 2 - “You have to look at the age of some of these homes now,” Amsinger said. “Some are nearing the 20-year mark.”
    He noted that more and more homeowners are becoming full time as opposed to an occasional visit. The higher rate of occupancy increases the probability of a fire, Amsinger explained.
    “It comes down to general housekeeping and maintenance issues,” he said.
    Amsinger urged residents to have their appliances, their chimney flues and other mechanical aspects of their homes checked by professionals, or his department. Some residents don’t seem to care about the condition of their homes or associated equipment which increases the chance of fire, he said.
    “We’ll take a look inside or outside if a resident has any questions,” he added.
    Trustee Ranita Jones asked Amsinger about the staffing at the fire station on Horseshoe Bend west of Bittersweet Road.
    A two-person crew houses the station 24 hours a day/seven days of week. The firemen are cross-trained in medical response and fire fighting, and often are off-site for training or for equipment issues. Amsinger said the firemen park their personal vehicles off the roadway, and some passersby don’t realize the station is occupied.
    Trustees Chairman Arnold Sandbothe asked why a truck from Station No. 1 on Bagnell Dam Blvd. always responds to fires on Horseshoe Bend. Amsinger said it is policy that the truck with the most equipment and supplies responds to all fires.
    Other business
    •Trustees learned that income from building permits as of June 5 totaled $43,879 based on an estimated construction total of nearly $4.8 million. Village officials anticipate the revenue to be above budget.
    •Trustees approved spending $700 on new items and equipment for the emergency preparedness department.
    •Trustee Jones asked residents to be vigilant in preventing flags from being stolen when on display for holidays. She said 10 flags have been stole in recent years, and one was taken over Memorial Day weekend. The only people authorized to take down flags are her and her husband who drive a maroon Nissan Murano. Donations are being accepted to cover the $30.50 cost of flags.

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