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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. 

TEST TW WEATHER

Lake Race draws top boats and crews in the nation

One of the premier national boat races is coming back to Lake Ozark.

The OPA-sanctioned Lake Race, one of 13 scheduled across the country, will be held June 3-5, with the actual race taking place Saturday, June 5. The race was suspended last year because of the fear of COVID-19, and the previous year it was held at the 7-mile mark near Camden on the Lake and Shady Gators.

The race will be headquartered on The Strip with staging at Neon Taco (formerly Beaver’s). 

Sanctioned by Offshore Powerboat Association and APBA, Lake Race attracts the fastest and most powerful boats in the world to compete. The 4-mile race course begins at Bagnell Dam with turns two and three at about the 2-mile marker between Lotell Hollow and Jobson Hallow. The no-wake zone extends to about the 3-mile mark and along both sides of the course.

(See attached map)

 

Street Closures

As part of the Lake Race, Bagnell Dam Blvd. will be closed twice during the weekend.

•Friday, June 4, from noon to 11 p.m., from Ballenger Road to Valley Road. Access to Ballenger Road would remain open.

•Saturday, June 5, from 6 a.m.-7 p.m., from near the White House to the Union Electric/Ameren Road – including Bagnell Dam.

One of the highlights of the three-day event is Friday’s Lake Race Street Party from noon to 11 p.m. from Luby’s Plaza to Bagnell Dam. The street will be closed so racers and vendors can display their race boats, transport rigs and other boat-related accessories. 

The race organizers have coordinated their plans with the Lake Ozark Police Department and also have contracted with Central Missouri Security for additional security.

 

National exposure

Dennis Klautzer, whose media company will be broadcasting the event, said KRMS will be handling both radio and television broadcasts.

“For the first time, a live national broadcast will take place at the Lake of the Ozarks,” Klautzer said. 

Fifty television stations representing 40 million viewers nationally will have access to the Lake Race. Klautzer and his staff will be preparing a series of vignettes highlighting Lake Ozark and the Lake of the Ozarks that will be showcased during the broadcast.

“We want to tell a good story about our paradise,” he said.