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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.”


Expansion of sanitary sewer on North Shore nears

The North Shore in Lake Ozark continues to be the focus of infrastructure progress.

The city is close to bidding the extension of sanitary sewer on Lighthouse Road between Mockingbird Road and Eagle Crest. Providing sewer to 14 homes will complete expanding sewer service to the area. There are a handful of easements yet to be obtained. After that, a final design will be completed, and the project will be bid. Construction should begin next spring.

The board of aldermen has been approving easements from property owners so the gravity sewer can run along the backs of their properties near their property lines. Included in the project is the installation of one duplex grinder pump station and 10 manholes. 

As part of the agreement, the contractor – at no cost to the homeowner — will locate existing septic tanks, pump them out and then fill them after connections are made from the new sewer line to the residence. The contractor will also make the connection to the homes free of charge. In addition, the city will waive the connection fee. This is in exchange for the homeowners granting the easements to the city.

So, ultimately, there will be little cost to the property owners.

Once the connections are completed and everything is operative, residents will be billed monthly for their new service as part of their water and trash bills. A family of four could expect their water, sewer and trash bill to be about $80.

The Lighthouse sewer expansion plan is part of a three- to five- year plan to complete water and sewer expansion in the unserved areas of The North Shore