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Christiansen Appointed Chief: In a special session of the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen held on January 5, 2023, Mr. Jeff Christiansen wasappointed with a unanimous vote to serve as the city’s next Police Chief. Christiansen comes to the city with over 27 years of professional law enforcement experience, most recentlyserving the citizens of Linn Creek, Missouri as their Police Chief. Prior to his work in Linn Creek, Christiansenspent 26 years at the DuPage County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office, progressing through their patrol and detectivedivisions, and eventually serving as a Sergeant within their civil division and accreditation and trainingprograms. His professional service includes volumes of experience in training and development, grants, patrolfunctions, accreditation, and supervision. He possesses a BA and MS in criminal social justice from Lewis University, and is a 2012 graduate of theNorthwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. While working for the DuPage CountySheriff’s Office, Christiansen also worked as an adjunct instructor at Aurora University for a period of 15 years,where he was a founding member of their criminal justice advisory board. He has worked at the College ofDuPage as a GED instructor and coordinator as well. He has also has years of experience as an accreditationmanager, trainer, and contractor for a series of coroners’ offices in Illinois. Outside of his professional experiences, Christiansen is a co-founder of Celebrate Differences, which is a notfor-profit supporting people with disabilities and their families. He has extensive involvement with the specialneeds community for the past 18 years, also co-founding the A Pinch of Happiness Spice Shop in Camdenton,Missouri. During his appointment, Christiansen stated that he was “looking forward to getting started soon and tocontinue the work of making the agency better. I am excited to work with the officers, dispatchers, board anddepartment heads to make progress, and appreciate the thorough and well-vetted hiring process.”At the meeting, Mayor Newberry thanked the members of the hiring committee that helped to identifyChristiansen as the next Police Chief. Christiansen will be sworn into the role at the Board of Aldermenmeeting on January 10, 2023 at 6:00 P.M.

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Fish Haven Phase 3 supported by resolution

The prospects for the next phase of an affordable housing complex in Lake Ozark got a huge boost when the board of aldermen recently approved a resolution of support.

City officials have thrown their support behind the construction of Phase 3 of Fish Haven North, an expansion of the existing affordable housing units along Fish Haven Road. Developers already have built a multi-unit affordable housing complex – Fish Haven Apartments – and a senior retirement center – Fish Haven Estates.

The proposed buildings would be located on 19 parcels of land on Fish Haven Road, Hickory Drive and Forest Hills Road. One of the proposed buildings would be located at Fish Haven and Hickory Drive. The second would be located on South Fish Haven just west of Fish Haven Estates.

The board also approved final reading of ordinances rezoning the area in question and a final plat for the subdivision at its Aug. 24 meeting.

What stands in the way now is the Missouri Housing Development Commission which is being asked to issue housing credits that would help subsidize the Phase 3 project. If those are approved, the project will go to the design phase and then will go out for bid – hopefully early next year.

Briscoe Ozark Development Group, developer of Fish Haven Apartments and Fish Haven Estates, is hoping to expand the footprint of affordable housing along South Fish Haven Road with two 20-unit complexes adjacent to Fish Haven Apartments. 

Pete Ramsel, representing Briscoe, has said that equity raised by selling the tax credits to investors is used to help buy down the cost of the project. Private equity will fund between 85 and 90 percent of the project with the balance borrowed. That helps keep the overall cost down, making the units more affordable to the public, he explained.

Ramsel said the two-bedroom units will rent for between $500 and $600, and the three-bedroom units will rent for $550-$650 per month. 

Phase 1 of the Fish Haven developments – Fish Haven Apartments – opened in early 2016. Fish Haven Estates, the senior living community across from the apartment complex, opened in early 2018 as Phase 2.

He also praised Briscoe Development Group and McClure Engineering, the engineer firm for all three phases, for their partnership in the projects.

 

Resolution

The resolution notes that Lake Ozark and its residents benefit from the availability of quality, affordable housing. But the city currently lacks that type of housing availability due to the economic growth of Lake Ozark and the growing population that has been attracted to the area.

Lake Ozark has been presented with a site plan and development plans for development of family housing units to be constructed to the north of the existing Fish Haven Apartments. 

City of Lake Ozark officials are aware that the developer is submitting an application to the MHDC for approval of its project as workforce housing, and the city supports the developer’s effortsw to bring such needed affordable housing to the community.