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City Services To Be Bid: At the June 29 Board of Aldermen meeting, Lake Ozark’s elected officials authorized two bidding processes that will have a significant impact on local residents. The first of these opportunities discussed is related to improving city streets. In April, the Board of Aldermen hired Miller Companies to establish a list of road maintenance projects to be paid for utilizing the city’s ARPA funds, and the road improvements reserve fund.  Over thirty roads throughout the community have been identified for the micro-paving project, given their current condition.  Miller Companies representative Ethan Shackelford states, “This type of project is designed to maintain and sustain the life of roads that are not yet in need of significant repair.  For some higher traffic streets, this can expand the life of the street for two or three years, but lower traffic residential streets may not need to be addressed for another eight years.”  After receiving this project report, the Board unanimously voted to issue an RFP for the project.  Bidding will open on July 4 and close on July 27.  City staff will begin crack sealing streets soon to prepare for the project. The city’s current solid waste contract with GFL Environmental was originally set to expire in 2022, but the contractor and Board of Aldermen elected to extend the contract through March of 2023 in their December 2021 meeting.  The Board of Aldermen opted on Tuesday to issue an RFP for a new solid waste contract to begin at the termination of the existing contract.  Among other items, bidders will be expected to identify operational plans, an ability to perform consistent routes throughout Lake Ozark, and what annual rate increases will look like for consumers.  Mayor Newberry commended Derrick Standley, a local resident with expertise in solid waste management, for his work in helping city staff and the Board determine what the bidding process and documents should entail. As the bidding process for both of these items closes, the Board of Aldermen will be expected to make a decision on who to award each of these contracts to, based on qualifications, ability, and pricing. 

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In honor of National Police Week

National Police Week is May 9-15.

At a time when law enforcement is under the microscope – especially on the national level – we find it so important to appreciate and support not only the Lake Ozark Police Department but also all lake-area law enforcement. National Police Week is a time set aside to honor and remember men and women in blue who keep us safe and protect our communities.

“Our police department has a day-in, day-out commitment to keep our community safe,” Lake Ozark Mayor Dennis Newberry said in a special salute to the LOPD. “While many communities have their own policing issues to face, Lake Ozark is unique in that there is a significant part of the year where the burden on our officers is greatly increased.”

Police Chief Gary Launderville notes that the LOPD is now at full force, while other lake-area departments struggle to attract and retain officers. He attributes that, in part, to the support of the board of aldermen, the administration and the Lake Ozark community at large.

“This year alone so far, we have lost nearly one officer per day in our country, and that is truly sad,” Launderville commented. “National Police Week means so much more every year to our officers. In our area, especially in Lake Ozark, we have great support from our community and that means a lot to each and every one of the officers from our department. We very much appreciate the relationship we have with our community.”

In a show of solidarity, Mayor Newberry has chosen to actively “back the blue” by donating his first quarter salary to the Lake Ozark Police Benevolent Association.

“The Benevolent Association helps out our guys when they are in need of new equipment or when facing bigger issues. To our officers, their families, and the community that supports them — thank you,” he said.  

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.