CHEERS-N-JEERS: Each week, we take a look back at things that made us smile, laugh and congratulate as well as things that made us shake our heads and ask, “What?”

Cheers to ...

shoreline cleanup volunteers. Eighty-four volunteers from 14 shore-adoption groups removed more than 10,000 pounds of trash from more than 500 miles of Lake of the Ozarks shoreline. That’s a lot of volunteers and trash.

Twice a year volunteers and organizations spend hours cleaning the shoreline. Without them, trash and debris would litter the shoreline, detracting from the natural beauty of the lake.

Cheers to ...

Osage Beach and the aldermen who voted to offer a letter of support for an affordable senior housing project. Not only would the proposed $8 million project provide reasonably priced housing for seniors 62 and older, it would bring new development to the west send of the Osage Beach Parkway.

While the letter of support support does not guarantee approval of the application to the MHDC or smooths the way for planning and zoning, it does send a message that Osage Beach elected officials are listening to the needs to their residents and looking to the future.

Cheers to ...

Macks Creek Park board for such a big vision for the park’s future, and for finding a good partner to help them make the dream a reality. The project is a partnership between park supporters, Camden County Developmental Disabilities Resources, Unlimited Pay and the Camden County Commission to build an accessible playground, a place where kids can gather regardless of abilities to have fun and spend time with peers.

Jeers to ...

continued extensions of the Camden County Unified Land Use code revisions. The process has taken far too long. It’s hard for us to figure out to understand why it has taken so long to write and implement the revisions. The process started in 2015. In April of 2016, we reported the code overhaul was moving forward. In October of that same year there was nothing new to report.

In April of 2017, we reported the county hoped to have the draft done this year. Now we are looking at 2018. It would seem that in the length of time the process has taken so far, the county could have had a new plan written, approved and implemented. We are anxious to see what the final cost to the county will be.