City of Branson Responds to Families Impacted by the Closing of Historic Branson Lodge
Branson, MO – The City of Branson is on site to assist families affected by the pending closing of Historic Branson Lodge at 2456 S State Hwy 165 in Branson. City of Branson Fire & Rescue Services and Taney County Health Department personnel have been on site since 6:30 this morning anticipating the arrival of White River Valley Electric Cooperative to terminate electric service delivery to the property. The property owner had negotiated temporary reestablishment of electric services with White River Valley Electric on Friday August 12 with a promise to pay by close of business yesterday afternoon. As of 8:30 this morning, the property owner had not paid the past due bills, placing approximately 50 tenants and 9 children at significant health and safety risk.
Through the City of Branson grant funds provided to Salvation Army to assist in such matters, Ward II Alderwoman Betsy Seay is currently on site with Branson Fire Department and Taney County Health Department to help mobilize resources necessary to relocate ten households with five children to a safe environment.
According to Alderman Seay, “My number one priority is to ensure the safety of all individuals within our community, and when I learned that children were at risk of not only losing their home at a lodge where its owner had not even obtained a business license to operate, I made sure that city personnel were on site to rescue and assist these displaced families well ahead of the utility termination. We have been working diligently for nearly a week to help these families and children to access financial and shelter services provided by grant monies the City of Branson sets aside for such incidents.”
Division Chief Randy Fogle adds “Our role is to first ensure the safety of Branson residents and business owners, which is why the fire and rescue services is here to help these families. This is not about code enforcement on a business owner; it’s about caring for the community when business owners impose a health or safety risk on community members. We will maintain an open line of communication with the community and these families as they transition from this facility to a new dwelling.”
At this time, ten households with five children have requested Salvation Army resources through the City of Branson grant fund. “Today, City of Branson employees are onsite volunteering at the U.S. Housing Authority with the regional United Way Day of Caring effort across the community,” says Jennifer Langford, City of Branson communications manager. “I can’t think of a better time to show how much city employees really do care about the community than today. Nearly a dozen employees and elected officials are also on site at the Historic Branson Lodge to help these displaced families. Even the Branson Police Department is here with ‘happy packages’ for the kids because we sincerely believe it’s all about hope and their future. When these kids see fire and police personnel, it gives them a sense of security and confidence which is part of our Ozarks Mountain Legacy mission – to show our commitment to family, faith, friends, flag and our community’s future.”
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