LO staggers employee schedules

Intent is to avoid COVID-19 spread

The City of Lake Ozark continues to take steps to stem the spread of COVID-19.

To avoid possible spread within the City Hall building, City Administrator Dave Van Dee has implemented a staggered schedule for city employees. This coincides with county and state health department recommendations of no more than 10 people gathered in one location and the six-foot social distancing recommendation.

City employees are being asked to limit their time in the building based on a staggered schedule.

“As we’ve asked of the public, we’re doing so internally as well,” the city administrator said. “We’re taking the COVID-19 issue seriously to help protect our employees and the public.”

City officials announced March 23 that the City Hall office would be closed to the public until further notice, noting that essential services would continue to be offered via phone or email, or by making utility and court payments at the drop box outside the building. Public Works employees are also affected by the new schedule with the assurance that the public’s business will continue as needed.

City officials also took special precautions for the regularly scheduled board of aldermen meeting March 24, while also establishing a system to allow for the public to attend meetings. Board members and essential staff were seated a minimum of six feet apart, and no more than 10 persons were allowed in the board room at one time.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is April 7, and similar rules will be in place for that meeting as well.

Anyone who has business with the city can call 573-365-5378.


Keeping the public safe

Van Dee and Police Chief Gary Launderville also continue to urge Lake Ozark bars and restaurants and other businesses to follow county and state health department recommendations on minimum capacities and social distancing.

“We understand their challenges as most of them have honored the health department and CDC recommendations and actually closed but are still offering takeout and curbside dining,” Van Dee said. “We respect their decisions, but at the same time we ask them to be mindful of the public’s health. We certainly appreciate their sacrifices.”


Helpful links

City officials noted that they nor anyone associated with the city are experts on the COVID-19 pandemic. There are multiple sources available with information and data available to help the public make informed decisions.

•Center for Disease Control -- www.cdc.gov

•Missouri Department of Health and Social Services – www.health.mo.gov

•Missouri Department of Social Services – www.dss.mo.gov

•Miller County Health Center -- http://millercountyhealth.com

•Camden County Health Department -- https://camdencountyhealth.org