City of Osage Beach Board of Aldermen and staff met on Thursday, August 3, 2017 for a regularly scheduled meeting which featured the official revocation of a new airport fuel truck purchase agreement and a pointed discussion on local eye sores.

City of Osage Beach Board of Aldermen and staff met on Thursday, August 3, 2017 for a regularly scheduled meeting which featured the official revocation of a new airport fuel truck purchase agreement and a pointed discussion on local eye sores.

Here are the three most newsworthy topics discussed and decided:

New fuel truck purchase rescinded

After initially agreeing to purchase a new airport fuel truck, the board unanimously agreed to officially repeal and rescind an ordinance from June 29, 2017 which effectively cancels a directive to seek a proposal from Central Bank to provide lease purchase financing.

The decision to rescind the contract could cost the city as much as $17,000 to the low bidder, Garsite Aviation Refueling Equipment, for breaking the agreement aldermen approved in June. At that meeting, Mayor John Olivarri broke a tie 3-3 vote in favor of awarding the truck, with half of the board reluctant to spend $171,645 for a new truck and instead favoring a less expensive option.

Airport staff have been tasked with pursuing other alternatives.

Weeds still an issue

Alderwoman Phyllis Marose used her board communications time to fill in fellow aldermen and staff on the on-going weed issues involving Osage Beach exits maintained by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Marose said there are two-to-three foot weeds at every exit in Osage Beach coming off the highway and MoDOT doesn’t seem interested, or able, to maintain their portion of the right-of-way.

“We don’t seem to make any progress with MoDOT about getting them mowed or killed,” Marose said. “It’s very embarrassing for Lake of the Ozarks and the State of Missouri. We’re doing our part and MoDOT is not doing their part. Something needs to be done. We all know it. It’s horrible you can hardly see where the guardrails are.”

Marose said she emailed State Rep. Rocky Miller (R-Lake Ozark) requesting him to reach out to MoDOT about the issue and later received a call from a MoDOT official who couldn’t provide her with clear answers or solutions to how or when the problem would get solved. The alderwoman wondered whether the city could use its own labor and supplies to treat the issue and then send MoDOT a bill for the work.

Alderman Jeff Bethurem jumped into the discussion and said he recently met with MoDOT Central District Engineer Bob Lynch last Friday about the issue to “throw out some information to toss up the latter.”

“MoDOT is not going to reimburse us, that’s not an option. I’m just trying to head off further research. They dropped the ball. They did admit that,” Bethurem said, and added he was pleased his fellow aldermen were also reaching out and discussing the situation with state officials. “The guesstimate of what it would cost us would be about $20,000, about 480 hours over two weeks with six people for eight hours a day.”

Bethurem said even if city employees were to take care of the issue now it wouldn’t solve the problem permanently and the city would have to expend further funds at the next scheduled maintenance cycle.

“Pray for winter,” he said jokingly, drawing a laugh from the board.

Airport project amendments approved

Osage Beach Board of Alderman unanimously approved two ordinances to execute two contract amendments with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MoHTC) for two separate airport projects funded mostly by state block grants.

The first amendment dealt with the southwest apron reconstruction project at Lee C. Fine Airport, extending the project time period to November 30, 2017. According to Airport Manager, Ty Dinsdale, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT requested extra time to allow for possible warranty work that could be performed by the contractors.

The 90/10 federal to local cost-sharing MoDOT Aviation Grant Project administered through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was originally entered in by the City of Osage Beach on June 9, 2016 for a total of $267,469 to assist with the reconstruction.

The second amendment dealt with extending the project time period with Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Inc., to finish Exhibit A and the Airport Layout Plan (APL) updates for Grand Glaize Airport agreeing to the same deadline of November 30, 2017.

Also a 90/10 MoDOT Aviation Grant Project entered into back on September 3, 2016, an original amendment to add construction inspection services was agreed to on March 3, 2016, according to staff documents.

Board of Aldermen first approved $9,315 to assist with the obstruction removal - tree clearing project in the initial agreement and then another $163,300 for the original amendment adding construction inspection services.

Neither extension had any fiscal impact on either of the projects.