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Wanted: Public input into Lake Ozark Comp Plan update: The City of Lake Ozark has issued a special invitation to its residents and business owners to help shape the future of the community. The second of three public Focus Sessions on updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at Willmore Lodge, 1 Willmore Lane, Lake Ozark.  Housing and infrastructure are on the agenda. The final session will be held July 22. The turnout at the first Focus Session in May drew about two dozen individuals to discuss economic development and quality of life, creating a useful dialogue that city staff and plan developer Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments will use in developing the new Comp Plan. Focus Sessions are open to residents, property owners and business owners in City of Lake Ozark.  The plan, which is a long-term guide for the community, hasn’t been updated since 2006. While the city’s economic base and infrastructure have evolved in the last decade, the city’s master development plan has remained unchanged for some 15 years.  Citizen participation is highly encouraged to develop a comprehensive plan which will guide the City of Lake Ozark in decision making for future development that suits both City of Lake Ozark and the community.  “The plan gives the city a vision as to how it wants development in the future,” LOCOLG Executive Director Linda Connor explained when the board voted last year to move ahead with the process. “We want to make sure we put in the plan what the city wants to look like in the next 10-15 years.” An updated Comprehensive Plan is important when the city applies for state and federal funds. “A new Comprehensive Plan will serve as the guiding force for the city as we continue to grow in the near future,” Fry said. “This document will provide a rationale for decision-making for our boards and commissions and will also show the world what the priorities and direction are for the City of Lake Ozark.” Anyone who has questions pertaining to the focus session can contact the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments at 573-346-5692 or email [email protected]     

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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.