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State of the City Well-Attended: Over 40 Lake Ozark residents, business owners, and other stakeholders attended  or tuned in via Zoom for the inaugural State of the City event held on January 23rd in the Council Chambers at Lake Ozark City Hall. Throughout the 45-minute presentation, both Mayor Newberry and City Administrator Fry highlighted progress made within the City over the course of 2023 and identified goals that will be accomplished throughout 2024 as well.  “We’ve talked quite a bit today about the state of the city as a business and some of the directions we are moving; I hope everyone can see that the state of the city in this regard is very positive.  That said, the City is here to do more than repair roads and be a good steward of tax dollars.  We’re here to be represent you and to be your government. This is not a City trying to deny people of information, their voice, or the chance to participate.  Whether those opinions support or are opposed to my beliefs or the opinions of the Board, we will never have the chance to do our job the right way until you do yours the same.”, said Mayor Newberry.   “I want you to have every opportunity to know this is your government, and know that that is now in place. As a resident who spent many years not having faith or trust in Lake Ozark’s present or future, I’m proud to say that we now have a city I believe in.” During the presentation, a review of new community investments, infrastructure projects, and the financial and policy direction of the City were discussed.   Those who were unable to attend the event can view presentation materials at this link. It is anticipated that the event will return annually in the future.


Free recycling for LO residents to continue

City of Lake Ozark residents will continue to get free recycling at Laclede Industries’ Waste Watchers.

The board of aldermen has authorized a donation of $5,000 to Laclede Industries of Lebanon to subsidize the recycling center on Valley Road so Lake Ozark residents can take qualifying recyclables for free. 

Only weeks after the 2020 agreement was approved, Waste Watchers fell victim to COVID-19 and was forced to close until later in the spring. But the demand didn’t diminish, and the recycling center is back in business thanks in part to the city’s support.

The new contract is effective April 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022. Laclede County, home county of Laclede Industries, has a similar agreement for free recycling.

Note: The free service is only for City of Lake Ozark residents. Proof of residency is required. 


Non-residents welcome

Non-residents can use the facility as well but will pay a small fee as follows:

​•$3 per 13-gallon bag of paper/plastic/tin.

Punch cards are available on site: A $10 card buys 10 13-gallon bags; a $25 card buys 10 30-gallon bags.

Waste Watchers is currently accepting cardboard and aluminum cans for free.

Here’s what’s accepted:


Items must be clean and sorted.

Accepting Number 1, Number 2 naturalNumber 2 colored.


Waste Watchers accepts corrugated cardboard. Items must be clean and broken down. 

Waste Watchers offers convenient trailers for cardboard recycling to businesses for a monthly fee. 


All items must be sorted: Newspapermagazine paper and black and white

Tin and Aluminum

All items must be rinsed well. Remove labels. 

•Waste Watchers does not pay for aluminum cans. 

•Waste Watchers does not accept colored paper of any kind. No paper bags, wrapping paper, tissue paper, construction paper, carbon copies, etc. 


Waste Watchers, 43 Valley Road, is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. every Tuesday, weather permitting. In order to qualify for free service, City of Lake Ozark residents must bring a current utility bill showing they are Lake Ozark residents, or a card that is available from City Hall, 3162 Bagnell Dam Blvd.

For more information, call 417-588-3242; or go online to


Expanded recycling?

Alderman Dennis Klautzer asked if the city has considered expanding its trash service to include recycling. He said the current recycling regulations are somewhat restrictive.

Mayor Gerry Murawski, who serves on the Laclede Industries Board of Directors, said the cost of adding recycling would be prohibitive to residents. China, once a major paid recipient of U.S. recycling materials, has changed its policies. That makes finding a reliable source challenging and costly, Murawski explained.

“I just wish we had better solution,” Klautzer offered. ‘It’s important, and I don’t feel we’re filling the need. It’s a difficult, difficult situation not only for us but other cities as well.”