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Food trucks coming to Lake Ozark: Food trucks will now be allowed to operate within the City of Lake Ozark. The board of aldermen approved an ordinance at its regular meeting July 27 setting in place the rules by which food vehicles and food vendors can operate. The major consideration is that food trucks cannot operate within the city’s only C-1 District, which encompasses only The Strip from near Christ the King Lutheran Church to the end of the city limits near Bagnell Dam. Vendors would not be allowed on public property, e.g., sidewalks, easements, rights of way, but only on private property. The path to final approval has included considerable discussion by the Planning and Zoning Commission, and by the board of aldermen at regular board meetings and a special workshop. The focus by the board and staff has been protecting existing brick and mortar food businesses on The Strip while encouraging new business within the city.  The only significant change from the original ordinance first considered in May involves food trucks/vendors participating during a special event. Those types of vendors can operate at city-authorized special events if the mobile unit is located totally within the property owned, occupied, or leased by the operators of the special event. It would be the responsibility of the official event organizer to recruit, monitor and control vendors present within its event space. Two individuals representing two Lake Ozark businesses spoke in favor of food trucks as they intend to allow those types of food services on their property. The board did vote to amend the proposed ordinance to reduce one distance regulation for food trucks from 500 feet to 300 feet of any licensed special event without the consent of the holder of the special event permit City Attorney Chris Rohrer said he learned at a recent Missouri Municipal League conference that there have been a number of court cases dealing with the validity of food truck ordinances especially in regard to distances. He said he wanted to make the board aware that 300 feet might be more palatable to the court if there is ever any litigation regarding the ordinance. In addition, a mobile food vendor cannot operate within 150 feet of the main entrance to any licensed business that sells food and/or beverages to the public.  Other Ordinance Highlights •Food trucks/vendors would be allowed in R-3 Multi-Family Dwelling District; C-2 General Commercial District; LMU-1 Lakefront Mixed Use District; M-1 Light Industrial District – but not the C-1 District (The Strip). •A mobile food vehicle is a licensed, motorized vehicle (aka food truck) that includes a self-contained or attached trailer kitchen in which food is prepared, processed, or stored and the vehicle is used to sell and dispense food to the public. •Mobile food vending activity and the locations are to be temporary and cannot be at any one location for more than 12 hours in any 24-hour period unless it as part of a special event.  •A mobile food vendor must have a current copy of its sales tax certificate, property use consent letter, the name of the vendor and length of the permit. •A food vendor must provide health department compliance and inspection reports, vehicle registration, a copy of the require city, county and state business licenses, and insurance and a food liability policy with $1 million limits. •A food vendor must provide a sanitation plan approved by the city’s public works director; must provide trash and recycling containers and keep the area within 25 feet of their food vending equipment cleared of trash. •A food vendor cannot have more than one 24x36 inch sign that is not physically attached to the food vending equipment.         


City launches new and improved website

The City of Lake Ozark has a new, user friendly website designed to provide residents and visitors with current, accurate information about the community.

The city initiated an in-house website in December 2019 that began to give viewers better access to city government and details about on-going projects and events. In early January 2020, the city became more proactive in communicating its story to the public by posting stories and photos about life in Lake Ozark on its website and Facebook page, and by sending those stories to local media.

“For the last few years, we’ve wanted to make Lake Ozark city government more transparent and available to not only our residents but the public in general,” City Administrator Dave Van Dee said. “Lake Ozark is a fast-growing community with new residents choosing to live here and with existing businesses expanding and new businesses opening. Developing a website was a natural part of the process.”

After the in-house website was created, city officials wanted to expand the city’s presence with a municipally driven website so residents and visitors could become even better informed. In late 2020, the board of aldermen joined with TownWeb, a nationally known website developer focused on creating interactive websites for municipalities.

The new website – with same URL – was launched in March. City staff was trained and after a brief transition period the website is active with a menu of options.

“As the city continues to build on being a customer-focused organization, we saw the opportunity to rebuild our website so that it can be a user-friendly tool for folks to access information,” Assistant City Administrator and Community Development Director Harrison Fry explained. “With some of its new capabilities, we have been able to increase transparency about our operations by making more information immediately available to the public. Where we once had a website that was difficult to manage and navigate, we now have a cutting-edge platform for two-way communication with the public.”

These include:

•Easy online utility and court fee payment system.

•The ability to subscribe to current News and Notices and Emergency Alerts.

•The ability to subscribe to Agendas and Minutes for the various boards and commissions.

•An archive of board, commission and committee agendas and minutes.

•Various city reports and forms.

•A current calendar of not only city-related meetings but also events that impact the city.

•A scrolling gallery of photos of current events and scenes reflecting the City of Lake Ozark.

•A permanent gallery of photos from recent events, activities and scenery.

•A Frequently Asked Questions option.

•A How Do I… option regarding a long list of ways to connect to the city.

•Contact information for city staff.

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