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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.”


MoDOT plans more road work in Lake Ozark area

MoDOT has more plans for the Lake Ozark area in the next few months – resurfacing of the Bagnell Dam Road and intersection improvements on Highway 54.

Rehabilitation of the Bus. 54 Bagnell Dam bridge road over the Osage River has been approved by the Highways and Transportation Commission.
During its meeting June 2, the commissioners awarded the project to Concrete Strategies, LLC, which submitted the low bid of $1,611,862. 

During construction, Bus. 54 will be closed at the bridge for approximately three months. Motorists will need to use an alternate route while work takes place. This project is scheduled to begin after the Labor Day holiday and to be completed by the end of the year. Prior to work starting, MoDOT will alert the public through signs, news releases and social media.
The existing Bagnell Dam Bridge was built in 1929. The purpose of this project is to repair the bridge deck, expansion joints and barrier walls and to replace the bridge driving surface and repair the adjacent sidewalk. Rehabilitation is necessary to extend the life and usability of the bridge.
For more information about this project visit  Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on social media for project updates.


Intersection work

An effort to improve safety at several intersections along Highway 54 in Miller County has been given the green light by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
The commission awarded a contract to Capital Paving and Construction, LLC, which submitted the low bid of $6,140,169.  

Intersections receiving updates were identified as safety risks through a road safety audit, in-depth analysis of the corridor, and a series of meetings with a local advisory group made up of local leaders. 
Changes at each location could include the installation of J-turns, which eliminate the need for drivers to cross lanes of traffic at right angles, as well as new or extended turning, acceleration and deceleration lanes.  
Work will require individual lane closures and some intersection closures in order for construction to be completed safely. MoDOT will alert travelers and residents of any closures ahead of time.
Under the contract, safety improvements will be made along Highway 54 at the following intersections between Lake Ozark and the Cole County line:

•Route V

•Route FF

•Business 54 (Eldon)

•Lakeland Road

•Walnut Grove Road

•Howser Road

•Allen Road/Bear Lake Road

•Copperhead Road

•County Road 54-60, Tolwood Road

•Mount Carmel Road, Jamie Lane, and Midway Road

•Atchinson Road

•Opie/Hunter Road

Motorists and area residents can find more details on this project by visiting