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  • Osage Beach aldermen address holiday lights, economic developer position

  • The city of Osage Beach used a special meeting Monday night to clear up several issues that have keep them busy at recent regular meetings.
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  • The city of Osage Beach used a special meeting Monday night to clear up several issues that have keep them busy at recent regular meetings.
    Aldermen appear to be backing away from hiring a full time or part time economic development director.
    City Administrator Nancy Viselli provided a job description and assessment from the city staff that placed the position at a starting salary of $51,286. Adding benefits bumped the pay package to $73,000 a year. When aldermen learned of the potential cost for an economic director, the discussion evolved to other options including adding work to an existing employee, to hiring a part-time person, to using a consultant.
    After discussion the difference between an economic development director and a community developer, the board decided to re-visit the idea later this fall.
    Holiday lights
    It appears the city’s expanding holiday light display program will be divided between the city park and Osage Beach Parkway.
    After considerable discussion, the board decided that about 40 light displays should be put up along the Parkway with the remainder in the park. Business owners will be invited to participate by displaying a holiday light in front of their business.
    That, however, generated discussion on safety and electrical guidelines issues. It was decided about 20 light displays should be erected on each side of the Grand Glaize Bridge, but a final decision will be made after reviewing results of a businesses survey conducted at an OB Public Forum Tuesday night.
    The city plans to issue a press released in the near future to gauge the level of interest from businesses and residents.
    Peanick Park
    The city has long considered improving the parking lot at Peanick Park on Highway 42. As the number of ball tournaments and youth ball programs has increased, the demands on the park and the lot have increased.
    The city has been stockpiling fill but it could take several years to acquire enough fill from city projects to actually build a lot.
    The board asked for costs involved in possibly upgrading the parking lot next year.
    Other business
    •City Engineer Nick Edelman provided a map of how the city’s sewer system could be extended to the state park off Osage Beach Parkway.
    •More information will be obtained regarding the purchase of a replacement ambulance. A lease-purchase program was discussed, but a cash purchase will be considered if funds are available in next year’s budget.

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