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  • Big plans discussed for Peanick Park

  • A plan to authorize engineering services for expansion of the parking area at Peanick Park on Highway 42 has evolved into possibly turning the area into a multi-sport outdoor complex.
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  • A plan to authorize engineering services for expansion of the parking area at Peanick Park on Highway 42 has evolved into possibly turning the area into a multi-sport outdoor complex.
    The Osage Beach Board of Aldermen last week stopped short of approving a $10,470 contract with Cochran Engineering for design services on a new parking lot. Instead, aldermen asked city staff to investigate the cost of creating an area that could include adequate parking plus outdoor courts for basketball, tennis and volleyball.
    Parking in the area of Peanick Park is inadequate for the amount of activity as various youth leagues and individuals use the ball field for games and practice. There are 57 spaces available now, and the plan was to add another 39.
    In recent meetings, aldermen and staff discussed the need for fill dirt before any type of parking lot addition. That could take several years and thousands of dollars.
    No cost estimates are available for a sports complex since the idea is new, but the board decided to have staff develop estimates for a multi-sport complex that could be discussed for next year’s budget.
    New sidewalks
    Aldermen authorized a $327,770.25 contract with J.C. Industries for 17,400 square feet of new sidewalks west of the Grand Glaize Bridge.
    The improvements would provide handicapped accessible, pedestrian sidewalks on the northwest side of Osage Beach Parkway from McDonald’s near Rt. KK to Arby’s near the Nichols Road intersection; and along the southeast side of the Parkway from Nichols Road to Gran Rally Go-Karts.
    The project will be funded with 80 percent Enhancement Funds from MoDOT and 20 percent city funds. There was some question if the funds, part of the Federal Highway Administration Highway Trust Fund, would be available. City Engineer Nick Edelman said potential funding cuts were suspended, so the money should be available.
    Alderman Phyllis Marose shared a concern about sidewalk maintenance including areas where grass and weeds encroach along the edges of the walks.
    “If we’re going to spend the money, let’s be sure there’s maintenance so the sidewalks stay the same width as they were initially intended,” she said.
    Alderman Kevin Rucker echoed her concerns, wondering who is responsible for sidewalk maintenance, including snow removal: Is it the city or the adjacent property owners?
    City Attorney Ed Rucker said he would review city ordinances to determine responsibility.
    Other business:
    •Alderman Marose applauded the repair of potholes on both entrances to the post office. She has asked the city repeatedly for input on the issue, only to learn that both entrances are privately owned. However, the potholes are fixed for the time being.
    Page 2 of 2 - •Marose also applauded Blinds and More owner Joni Walden who is spearheading a Passport to the Parkway promotion in early October in hopes of attracting more traffic and shoppers to the west end of the Osage Beach Parkway.
    •Alderman Steve Kahrs offered his thanks to several businesses along the Parkway that are sponsoring events to attract shoppers, including a benefit Car Show just east of the Grand Glaize Bridge next month.
    •The board approved the appointment of Helen Gross to the board of adjustment to complete the term of Don Hall who recently resigned. The term will end in May 2018.

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