by Vicki Wood
A group of citizens of Dunworkin Road in Laurie attended the Laurie Board of Alderman meeting Tuesday, Oct. 11 to voice complaints about a proposed rental unit complex by Drake Developments.
Curtis Farr acted as spokesperson for the group, presenting a petition of residents unwilling to host a rental enterprise made up of trailer homes on Dunworkin Road.
Reasons cited by some others who spoke in the “citizens participation” portion of the meeting were property value decline, crime, school bus routes, and unkept conditions of comparable properties. They felt that the low rental rate of $500 to $800 per month would mean these conditions would be the norm for that complex.
While Laurie is being proposed as a site for workforce housing by Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments due to the lake wide rental availability problem, these citizens were not for this solution The Dunworkin property owners reminded the city government that local codes are against building anything that would depreciate surrounding property owners’ real estate. City Attorney Andrew Renken advised the board and the property owners that it is premature to visit this issue as the original plan has been withdrawn from P&Z and will require a second hearing before any approval of the second application can move forward.
The Board of Alderman informed the residents that the application for the development to Laurie’s Planning and Zoning committee had been withdrawn, and Drake Developments would be reissuing an amended application. It is unknown at the present time what those amendments will be.
Minutes and bill payments were approved with Alderman John Shepherd questioning overbudget items and an increase in line items. Police Department line items were higher due to recent repairs on vehicles involved in accidents awaiting insurance payments, some of which won’t apply until the accident case is heard in court later this year. A water line repair behind Laurie Subway expense of $4,700 was reviewed by the council.
The Laurie Parks Department report showed the Annual Hillbilly Fair expenditures have not been completed, neither has a report about Cayde’s Car Show. There are 50 sponsors in place for the Annual Enchanted Village of Lights at the Hillbilly Fairgrounds. Summit Gas company has provided five volunteers over the last week to assist in setting up the displays. Alderman Shepherd suggested thank you notes to be sent to Summit Gas.
Bids were received for a drainage bridge repair on Route O. Grading, pipes, and culvert repairs from Rice Concrete was $21,135.60. A considerably higher bid was received from Gene Haile Excavating for $80,100 on Well #3 Bridge Construction.
Laurie Billing Agent Kristal Davidson said late paying customers had increased, with only a few delinquents and “not paid,” requiring shut off. Tenants who are delinquent on their bills will automatically be forwarded to the landlord.
Laurie Chief of Police Mike Nienhuis showed September statistics of 102 calls, 94 stops, 25 citations, 69 warnings, five lockouts, and three arrests, with one assist. Several stops netted existing warrants.
A new Ford patrol car has been ordered, and the 2023 vehicle was $8,000 more than what Nienhuis was told by Ford, but the vehicle will be in place by the third week of November, with all of the necessary equipment and in service by December.
Nienhuis presented Bill Demarsico, Laurie’s Emergency Management Director, with his certificate received for attending a 48-hour Infrastructure Protection Training in St. Joseph.
In new business, a request was received to rezone a bit more than 11 acres for Rhonda Fischer from agriculture to commercial use on Route O. She plans to build storage units. The request was approved by the board.
A 100-percent TAP grant for city park playground materials was approved.
Abandoned properties, and how to get owners to clean up and mow the business district eyesores, was discussed.
Robert Bowlin reported to the board his progress with the Highway 135 development of new car warehouse condos. One unit is sold, there are two more pending. The board referred him to P&Z for instructions about how to move forward with multi-zone requests.
The Laurie Board of Alderman meets 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Laurie City Hall.