In addition to banning the burning of household trash, aldermen are considering restrictions on what types of construction materials can be openly burned. For example, treated lumber contains potentially hazardous chemicals if burned.

Apparently, it's legal in Osage Beach to open burn your trash.

That's what was confirmed for the board of aldermen last week by Building Official Ron White. The board immediately began discussing how to regulate what can be burned in residential areas.

Restricting the type of material that's burned within the city limits is also a concern of Osage Beach Fire Chief Jeff Dorhauer who has been in talks with the city about establishing restrictions. According to city officials, Dorhauer wants to be involved in the wording of an ordinance that would restrict certain types of materials.

City Administrator Jeana Woods said she and City Attorney Ed Rucker obtained some valuable information from Dorhauer, and will be drafting a proposed ordinance that places restrictions on what can be burned within city limits.

"We're not going to proceed on this without him holding our hands on the subject matter," City Attorney Ed Rucker told the board. "We're going to create an ordinance that works for them much the same way as if they were literally part of the city; it's going to be what they need and what they think as well what we need."

In addition to banning the burning of household trash, aldermen are considering restrictions on what types of construction materials can be openly burned. For example, treated lumber contains potentially hazardous chemicals if burned.

Aldermen Jeff Bethurem wondered when the board can expect to see a draft.

"I think if we're going to go ahead and 'ban the barrel,' I think we should clarify because there would be nothing to stop somebody from mixing 2x4s and CCA (treated) lumber because unless you actually look at it (the material) it's hard to tell the difference and it's illegal to burn CCA," Bethurem said.

Aldermen Richard Ross suggested contacting other fire departments and communities to see how they handle open burning.

City Attorney Rucker suggested creating an initial draft for board members to consider before bringing a more formal document for official consideration.

Water concern

Aldermen Kevin Rucker, noting recent publicity about possible water contamination issues in Camdenton, asked what Osage Beach was doing to protect its residents.

Public Works Director Nick Edelman said the city's water is tested regularly and that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' regulations are followed closely in an effort to keep the city’s water safe. He encouraged the board as well as citizens to contact the Public Works Department with any specific questions.

Highway 54 changes

Nick Edelman announced that MoDOT will hold a meeting at City Hall from 4-6 p.m. Jan. 30 regarding proposed safety improvements on Hwy. 54 between Rt. KK and Camdenton. These could include safety wire median installations and possible changes to intersections and side roads.

Mayor John Olivarri said he hopes aldermen, city staff and the public will attend.