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City Services To Be Bid: At the June 29 Board of Aldermen meeting, Lake Ozark’s elected officials authorized two bidding processes that will have a significant impact on local residents. The first of these opportunities discussed is related to improving city streets. In April, the Board of Aldermen hired Miller Companies to establish a list of road maintenance projects to be paid for utilizing the city’s ARPA funds, and the road improvements reserve fund.  Over thirty roads throughout the community have been identified for the micro-paving project, given their current condition.  Miller Companies representative Ethan Shackelford states, “This type of project is designed to maintain and sustain the life of roads that are not yet in need of significant repair.  For some higher traffic streets, this can expand the life of the street for two or three years, but lower traffic residential streets may not need to be addressed for another eight years.”  After receiving this project report, the Board unanimously voted to issue an RFP for the project.  Bidding will open on July 4 and close on July 27.  City staff will begin crack sealing streets soon to prepare for the project. The city’s current solid waste contract with GFL Environmental was originally set to expire in 2022, but the contractor and Board of Aldermen elected to extend the contract through March of 2023 in their December 2021 meeting.  The Board of Aldermen opted on Tuesday to issue an RFP for a new solid waste contract to begin at the termination of the existing contract.  Among other items, bidders will be expected to identify operational plans, an ability to perform consistent routes throughout Lake Ozark, and what annual rate increases will look like for consumers.  Mayor Newberry commended Derrick Standley, a local resident with expertise in solid waste management, for his work in helping city staff and the Board determine what the bidding process and documents should entail. As the bidding process for both of these items closes, the Board of Aldermen will be expected to make a decision on who to award each of these contracts to, based on qualifications, ability, and pricing. 

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North Shore considered for utility expansion

Utility services on the North Shore in Lake Ozark will more than likely be getting a thorough examination as the city looks to continue its expansion of water and sewer systems in that area.

The board of aldermen recently approved first reading of an ordinance authorizing a contract with Horner Shifrin of St. Louis for engineering services to survey the area from roughly Bagnell Eagle Stop (formerly Rick’s C Store) to the city limits on Welsh Road. Some areas of North Shore have water and no sewer, some areas have sewer and no water, and some areas have neither.

Second reading is expected at the regular Sept. 28 meeting.

North Shore was annexed into the City of Lake Ozark about two years ago.

The plan would provide a high-level conceptual plan for the utility extension layout, cost estimates and funding, and would examine future treatment capacity demands.

Public Works Director Matt Michalik explained that his department solicited proposals from several companies. The six-month project to explore areas of the North Shore that do not have city utilities. The projects will be broken into phases for construction over the next 3-5 years.

“Roads that don’t have either water or sewer will be included in facilities plan,” Michalik said. “This is a snapshot of areas that don’t have service and what it would cost to do it.”

According to Horner-Shifrin, there are multiple funding opportunities, but none of the funding agencies can fund major water and sewer projects through a single project. 

“They generally would fund a water project followed by a sewer project, or vice-versa. It is likely that you will have to submit two reports at two separate times to secure funding through these sources. But one master report can be developed and broken into two separate funding packages at a later date.