City wants to keep the public in the loop

The April 7 General Municipal Election has been postponed until June 2 because of corona virus concerns, but City of Lake Ozark officials continue to stress the importance of providing accurate information about improving the city’s streets.

On the ballot for Lake Ozark registered voters are two issues that, if approved, would kickstart a massive renovation of streets within the city limits.

•One would authorize the city to borrow up to $6 million over the next several years for street construction

•The other would approve a Use Tax on the out-of-state online purchase of goods. Revenue generated would help pay the debt incurred by street construction.

Neither would result in a tax increase. The Use Tax would only apply if a Lake Ozark resident buys something online from an out-of-state vendor that does not have a presence in Missouri.

Gov. Mike Parsons issued an order Wednesday, March 18, delaying the elections until June to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The state is following health department recommendations encouraging no more than six people gathered in one location, and a minimum of six-foot social distancing.

Three public forums planned by the Lake Ozark Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Committee have been cancelled because of health concerns, and other options for offering public dialogue on the ballot issues have been delayed as well. The forums will be rescheduled for later in May.

However, several articles and documents explaining the city’s plans and other background can be found at cityoflakeozark.net, under What’s New and Reports.

 

COVID-19

City officials continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 as it pertains to providing city services. While the offices of City Hall remain open, officials are asking residents to respect the corona virus issue and recommendations by the various health departments. Utility bill payments can be made at a drop box in front of city hall. Anyone with essential business is asked to call the City Hall (573-365-5378) if possible.

Most restaurants in Lake Ozark are closed to the public, but are offering curbside service by calling ahead or by ordering online. The decision to close to help prevent the spread of the virus is left to the business owners or managers.

More information is available at the Miller County Health Center website (http://www.millercountyhealth.com); the Camden County Health Department website (https://camdencountyhealth.org);  the Missouri Department of Health (https://health.mo.gov); or the Center for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov)./