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Notice Regarding Recent Resignations: At the end of an executive session held at the October 25, 2022 City of Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen meeting, it was announced that letters of resignation had been accepted from both Municipal Judge Richelle Christensen and City Administrator David Mitchem.   Christensen’s resignation, effective December 31, was given in anticipation of her uncontested election to serve as the Camden County Prosecutor.  The letter was given in advance of this date so that a suitable replacement as municipal judge could be nominated and have ample time to prepare for the job.  It is anticipated that a nominee will be provided at the November 8 Board of Aldermen meeting, with work to begin for the new judge on January 1, 2023.   Administrator Mitchem had presented the Board of Aldermen with his letter of resignation, effective November 14, on October 12, with the Board formalizing the action at this meeting.  His notice references several successful projects from his year in the office, including identification of new revenue streams for the city, making amendments to building height restrictions to allow for development at an increased scale, and performing an assessment of employee recruitment and retention strategies.  He also cited his appreciation for the Board’s commitment to making the city more attractive for outside investment, while praising the professional staff’s skills and desire to be good public servants.  A successor to the position is expected to be named prior to Mitchem’s final day.   Of both Christensen and Mitchem’s announcements, Mayor Dennis Newberry stated “their time with the city, while different in length and workload, have transformed the way we deliver justice and do our key functions as a government.  Our board has appreciated working with both of them, and wishes them both the best in their next chapters while we welcome new team members to those roles.”

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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.