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State of the City Well-Attended: Over 40 Lake Ozark residents, business owners, and other stakeholders attended  or tuned in via Zoom for the inaugural State of the City event held on January 23rd in the Council Chambers at Lake Ozark City Hall. Throughout the 45-minute presentation, both Mayor Newberry and City Administrator Fry highlighted progress made within the City over the course of 2023 and identified goals that will be accomplished throughout 2024 as well.  “We’ve talked quite a bit today about the state of the city as a business and some of the directions we are moving; I hope everyone can see that the state of the city in this regard is very positive.  That said, the City is here to do more than repair roads and be a good steward of tax dollars.  We’re here to be represent you and to be your government. This is not a City trying to deny people of information, their voice, or the chance to participate.  Whether those opinions support or are opposed to my beliefs or the opinions of the Board, we will never have the chance to do our job the right way until you do yours the same.”, said Mayor Newberry.   “I want you to have every opportunity to know this is your government, and know that that is now in place. As a resident who spent many years not having faith or trust in Lake Ozark’s present or future, I’m proud to say that we now have a city I believe in.” During the presentation, a review of new community investments, infrastructure projects, and the financial and policy direction of the City were discussed.   Those who were unable to attend the event can view presentation materials at this link. It is anticipated that the event will return annually in the future.


There are reasons for the rules

The City of Lake Ozark has seen significant growth in the last few years – especially the last year – and for that we’re thankful. It’s a sign that city officials have made good, balanced decisions in creating an atmosphere of progress.

That progress can be challenging a times, however, as the city has developed processes and procedures that are legal, that protect Lake Ozark citizens and visitors and that protect the many businesses that make Lake Ozark their home. There is validity in requiring such things as permits, building inspections and business licenses.

Simply put: If you plan to do business in Lake Ozark – or any incorporated community – there are certain steps that must be followed in order to be successful and meet legal and ethical obligations.

That’s why it’s so important to contact City of Lake Ozark officials for help in achieving those obligations well in advance of when your business plans to open. The process can seem overwhelming at times, but city officials on all levels are willing and able to help guide business owners and managers through the process. That prevents last-minute issues that could prevent a business from opening.

The city has no intention of keeping qualified businesses out of town, or preventing entrepreneurs from reaching their goals, or thwarting progress. There are rules to follow that nearly every successful business in the community understands and follows.

When businesses attempt to ignore or circumvent the rules, city officials have to help guide the process. There is fairness and equity in making those decisions. No business is ever singled out as officials simply do their due diligence in making sure the rules are followed, which is the expectation of the mayor and board of aldermen.

Equally important for developers and citizens to understand is that City of Lake Ozark employees are doing their jobs based on a legal set of standards and guidelines. The public doesn’t want public employees skirting the rules to benefit one business over another. 

So, please follow the rules and respect those who are required to enforce those rules.