City of Branson

City of Branson

The Branson Board of Aldermen has approved a contract to purchase land to build a new Branson Police Department building.  The 5.5-acres, at Forsythe St. and Oak Creek Drive, will be purchased from Tanstone, LLC for about $950,000. The city is also looking at land for a new fire station.  The projects are being funded by the public safety sales tax approved by voters in 2017.

The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation has received a donation from the City of Branson to help weatherize homes.

The Branson Board of Aldermen recently approved the donation of 6,144 square feet of insulation made from locally recycled glass.

The city won a truckload of insulation in 2016 when it was named “Glass Recycling Program of the Year” by Ripple Glass of Kansas City.  Branson has used the insulation in 10 city buildings, which city officials say saved taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Michele Skalicky

A program in Branson to help keep those who might wander away safe is expanding.  The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Branson Police Department to expand its Project Lifesaver program to include visitors and tourists.

Michele Skalicky

The Branson Board of Aldermen recently passed a primary seat belt ordinance, and that law goes into effect May 1.  But the city has announced that the Branson Police Department will give drivers time to get used to the new law before they'll begin handing out tickets.

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The Branson Police Department has announced a new police chief.

According to a press release from the city, Jeff Matthews will bring 33 years of law enforcement experience to the position of Chief of Police.  He is currently serving as Deputy Chief of the Arlington, Texas Police Department.

Matthews will take over for Stan Dobbins who has been serving as interim police chief. Dobbins, who was also the former police chief, is now the Branson City Administrator.