CITY CLERK/MUNICIPAL COURT:
PARKS & RECREATION:
Members of the police command staff teamed with the Army Corps of Engineers to tour the Table Rock Dam facility. This periodic walkthrough allows the departments to conduct updated threat assessments and coordinate with each other for the most effective responses should an emergency or criminal event occurs.
The department completed its selection process for the second K9 handler position and selected Officer Jason Harvey. We were then formally presented with the $20,000 check from the Branson Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America to purchase, train and equip the second K9. Additionally, the K9 Unit was presented with a check for over $5,000 from the Branson Auto Alliance with proceeds from a fundraiser they conducted over the summer. These funds will also be used to equip and train both K9 teams.
Members of the department attended the annual Cox Health First Responder Lunch. This year’s event was special as each agency that participated was presented with a plaque commending them for their assistance with last year’s Duck Boat accident. Our officers and employees continue to appreciate this yearly salute to first responders.
Detective Nathan Arnett returned from a month of training in Alabama. This training was provided by, and paid for, by the United States Secret Service. In addition, BPD was provided with approx. $65,000 worth of electronic forensic equipment. This equipment and training allows BPD to be a regional resource related to crimes that have an electronic nexus and has been sorely needed.
The City of Branson GIS Division also developed a map-based, field collection application for the collecting of ADA ramp locations, conditions, and additional information. The tool was designed to be easy to use from a smartphone or mobile device. Engineering Intern, Evan Bergmann, was successful in using this application to collect and photograph ADA ramps along Gretna Road and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. The collected data will be key in meeting ADA compliance, and developing budgets and action plans to rehabilitate, or construct new ramps.
The City of Branson GIS Division developed a web map application to create an online viewer of the City of Branson’s colored route signage. Sign location, type, and even a photograph of the signs were collected in the field from a smartphone application also developed by the Division this summer. This web map application will help the various divisions of the Public Works Department to visualize existing colored route signage, and determine if the signage is adequate for navigation by our visitors. Here is a link to that application: http://cob-gis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9eaf98e25107426190ec62282aaa19a4
The City of Branson GIS Division, through a request by the Parks and Recreation Department, developed a mobile web mapping application for navigation of the Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area. There have been a few occurrences of visitors getting lost on the trails over the years. This application can be pulled up on a smartphone, and utilizing the location capabilities of the phone, the visitor’s location and nearby trail markers are shown on the device in real-time. The application is QR code enabled, making it easy to access and use. QR codes are being placed on all the trail markers. Here’s a link to that application: https://cob-gis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?d=54c51e1ced944db39d4e551c3024cb09
City of Branson Public Works Streets crews have been busy the month of July making repairs to the asphalt at the Railroad Crossing on Stockstill Road. The crews worked in conjunction with a Missouri Northern Arkansas Railroad representative to complete the improvements.
As you drive around the city, you will see that some of our roads have been improved. Mill and overlay for the 2019 fiscal year has been completed on Fall Creek Trail, Fall Creek Drive, Stockstill Lane, Little Pete’s Road and the entrance drive to the Cooper Creek Wastewater Treatment facility as part of our pavement management plan. During the month of August, the roads in the campground will be milled and overlaid.