If the rezoning is approved, Matt Ancell, owner of MCS Rentals of Camdenton, hopes to raze an existing building on the location and build a 100x40 building that will include 50 feet of showroom and office space as well as 50 feet of shop with large garage doors.

The first major hurdle for a heavy machinery rental business on Osage Beach Parkway West passed without a hitch as the Osage Beach Board of Aldermen recently unanimously approved first reading of a request to rezone the land from C-1 Commercial to I-1 Light Industry.

Second reading will be at the May 18 meeting.

There was no opposition at the May 4 public hearing.

Applicant and property owner RFW Properties, LLC, of Omaha, Neb., is seeking rezoning of 3.4 acres between Harmy's Cheese Story and Hair Above Heels Salon.

If the rezoning is approved, Matt Ancell, owner of MCS Rentals of Camdenton, hopes to raze an existing building on the location and build a 100x40 building that will include 50 feet of showroom and office space as well as 50 feet of shop with large garage doors. The building will be a stick frame with LP Smartside siding and an architectural shingle roof.

If the rezoning is approved, this would be the first major investment in property on Osage Beach Parkway West since the Expressway opened and the west end of Osage Beach Parkway was terminated near Key Largo.

Tobacco age

A move to raise the age for possession or purchase of tobacco or e-cigarette products from 18 to 21 was withdrawn from the agenda by Alderman Jeff Bethurem.

He introduced the idea at a previous board meeting and asked City Attorney Ed Rucker to draft an ordinance for the board's consideration. Bethurem's proposal received some opposition at the regular April 20 meeting, and Bethurem announced at the May 4 meeting he was indefinitely withdrawing his proposal because of issues with the language of the ordinance.

Passover Road

Aldermen authorized spending $33,976.50 to sealcoat a portion of Passover Road from Leavengood Lane to the Lands End Development, including Redbud Road. Corrective Asphalt Materials of Illinois was the lone bidder.

The product has a UV protection imbedded in the material and should last longer than traditional sealcoat material.

Request denied

The board denied a request for $2,000 for a Civil War Re-enactment event scheduled in 2018 on A Road in Camden County.

The board established a Community Event Support Fund with the intent of supporting events that are either located within the city limits or that have a direct economic impact on Osage Beach. Aldermen felt the event was too far removed from the city limits.

While the city ordinance does not actually prohibit the use of Community Event funds, aldermen said the intent is to fund events that have more economic benefit to the city.

No one from applicant Camden County Historical Society was present, and Alderman Jeff Bethurem noted that groups that ask the city for funds should be present to answer questions and to show support for their project.