Sewers are not the most exciting topic of conversation most places. In fact, most of us rarely give them a thought.

We flush the toilet and wash our hands and our business is concluded.

But there are problems in Lake Ozark that can’t be flushed away and that residents cannot wash their hands of.


Sewers are not the most exciting topic of conversation most places. In fact, most of us rarely give them a thought.
We flush the toilet and wash our hands and our business is concluded.
But there are problems in Lake Ozark that can’t be flushed away and that residents cannot wash their hands of.
Over the years, feuding, incompetent administrations and other things including legal fees have drained the city by the dam of its resources.
The city’s infrastructure has suffered as a result and residents must now face the reality of a sewer system needing upkeep and upgrades.
Earlier this week, the mayor signed a plea agreement and agreed to pay a $50,000 fine over five years. The plea agreement was the best deal they could get for being guilty of allowing raw sewage to spill into the precious natural resource we call Lake of the Ozarks.
To add insult to integrity, city officials – from the now-departed public works director to the city administrator to the mayor – did not inform the proper state and federal authorities of the incident and did nothing to clean up the mess. They left it in the lake.
These incidents span at least a couple of years and at least two mayoral administrations, including the present one.
The city also wants to force a North Shore neighborhood to pay costly hookup fees to install city water at residences. The neighbors aren’t so much opposed to city water as they are insisting the city fix problem sewers in the neighborhood before taking on another project.
We think the residents have a valid complaint.
The city, it would appear, is more interested in collecting the two grand from each household for water.
Lake Ozark faces tough choices ahead and needs strong leadership with a vision for what the city can be. While that has been sadly lacking during critical times in the near and distant past, there are those in city government who can lead the city. It’s disappointing they appear to not be the majority right now.