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  • Residents share ideas for OB economic improvement

  • An estimated 35 area residents turned out for an Osage Beach Public Forum Tuesday night to share their thoughts on what can be done to improve the economic plight of businesses west of the Grand Glaize Bridge.
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  • An estimated 35 area residents turned out for an Osage Beach Public Forum Tuesday night to share their thoughts on what can be done to improve the economic plight of businesses west of the Grand Glaize Bridge.
    Not included in the total were members of the Citizens Advisory Committee, city officials and the media.
    The Advisory Committee hosted the forum which was an open-ended, informal opportunity for residents and business and property owners to discuss their ideas. Geniece Tyler, committee chairman, told those gathered that the discussion should involve what can be done to improve traffic flow on Osage Beach Parkway. She said the forum was not a venue for complaining about MoDOT and the highway system.
    “We’re here to talk about things we can accomplish, not about waiting for the government,” she said. “We don’t want to take a lot of time talking about the highway issues.”
    There were three stations set up in the council chambers ― Short-Term Ideas, Long-Term Ideas and Other Ideas. As ideas were brought forth, members of Advisory Committee jotted them on easel boards which will be compiled by OB Assistant City Administrator Jeana Woods for further review.
    “I was thrilled by the participation,” Tyler said. “It shows everyone cares, that everyone wants to help. There was even someone who lives outside of Osage Beach down by Bagnell Dam who had an idea.”
    The Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the City Hall to begin the arduous task of organizing the information. Tyler anticipates several meetings before a synopsis of recommendations is submitted to the OB Board of Aldermen in mid-September.
    “It’s one step at a time. There are some great ideas for the committee to consider,” Tyler said. “The city can’t do it all, and it’s not their place to do the whole process.”
    Ideas that might involve city participation need to be submitted before the 2015 budget process starts this fall.
    One idea that emerged from a recent Advisory Committee meeting was a “Passport to the Parkway” promotion headed by Joni Walden of Blinds and More. She reviewed the idea Tuesday night, explaining that shoppers will be able to get a special “Passport” at participating businesses for discounts and specials.
    As ideas were put on paper, small groups of residents visited with Advisory Committee members, members of the board of aldermen and other city staff about their concerns.

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