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Updated February 8, 2023

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Osage Beach looks to raise water, sewer rates

OSAGE BEACH - The city will be holding a public hearing on March 2 on a possible increase in water and sewer rates for city users.

The last rate increase was in 2018 and should have been addressed in 2020 but COVID-19 came about and was one of the factors in the rate increase delay.

“The city is committed to operating its water and sewer systems in a safe, lawful, and financially sound manner, and to provide excellent water and sewer utility services,” said City Administrator Jeana Woods.  “To achieve this goal, it has become necessary to increase user fee rates.”

According to Woods, the proceeds of such user fees are needed for the purpose of operating, maintaining, and improving the water and sewer systems.

The proposed rate schedule changes are anticipated to be effective May 1, 2023, upon Board of Aldermen approval.

A Public Hearing will be held on March 2, 2023, at the 6:00 p.m. Board of Aldermen meeting at City Hall.

The Board of Aldermen was presented with rate schedule change details at last Thursday’s Board meeting.

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No injuries after fire sets off ammunition

CAMDEN COUNTY – A potentially dangerous situation was quickly brought under control last week.

On Tuesday January 31 at 4:50 p.m., The Mid-County Fire Protection District (MCFPD) was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Panoramic Drive in Camdenton. 

The first arriving firefighters found a single-story home with fire coming from the attached garage with a significant amount of ammunition that was being stored in the garage going off and smoke coming from the home. 

Firefighters made entry into the home and garage to extinguish the fire, which was marked under control approximately 15 minutes after the firefighters arrived on scene. 

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Two people die in two separate accidents

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – Two people were killed in two separate accidents last week with one of them blamed on slick roads.

The first fatality occurred on Sunday January 29 in Camden County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) a 2018 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Shaylin Torimino, 19, of Climax Springs, MO, was traveling north on Highway 7 north of Bollinger Creek Road at 9:41 a.m. when her vehicle crossed the centerline and hit a southbound 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Matthew Hallquist, 32, of Camdenton, MO, head-on.

Hallquist was pronounced dead at the scene by Camden County Medical Examiner Crystal Lloyd at 9:56 a.m.

Torimino suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, MO.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts and both vehicles were totaled in the crash.

This is Troop F’s third fatality for January and third for 2023.

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Quick action keeps fire from spreading

OSAGE BEACH – Firefighters quickly extinguished a small structure fire last week leaving only one wall damaged from the flames.

Last Wednesday (February 1) at 2:21 p.m., fire units from the Osage Beach Fire Protection District (OBFPD) were dispatched for a residential structure fire in the 6300 block of Running Deer Drive.

Crews arrived within seven minutes of being dispatched and advised light smoke showing from the front of the structure.

Firefighters found fire inside the wall on the front porch and utilized saws to make access to the fire. The fire was knocked down within five minutes of arrival containing the fire to its area of origin.

No injuries were reported to firefighters or residents.

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