The roundabout politics at Lake Ozark City Hall hasn’t discouraged a few faithful city residents who now, more than ever, are willing to step up to the dais and lend a helping hand.

The most recent came in the form of a $500 donation to the city through the Lake Ozark Police Benevolent Association. The money will be used to purchase a wireless microphone system to be used during council meetings.

The donors, a couple living in Lake Ozark, asked to remain anonymous.


The roundabout politics at Lake Ozark City Hall hasn’t discouraged a few faithful city residents who now, more than ever, are willing to step up to the dais and lend a helping hand.
The most recent came in the form of a $500 donation to the city through the Lake Ozark Police Benevolent Association. The money will be used to purchase a wireless microphone system to be used during council meetings.
The donors, a couple living in Lake Ozark, asked to remain anonymous.
“It’s not about the recognition,” the wife said. “We wanted to do something for our city.”
She saw the money as a great investment. Audience members, she noted, sometimes had difficulty hearing aldermen discuss and debate the issues, especially if aldermen turned in their seats or had softer voices that didn’t carry as far. Even officials interrupted each other, had to repeat themselves or inadvertently skipped over someone because they couldn’t hear.
The donors said they hoped their contribution will help aldermen not just hear each other, but listen as well.
“You do everything you can to make your city better,” the wife said. “You can’t succeed all the time, but I knew I could on this. I knew this (the sound system) could help.”
The idea of purchasing a microphone system to solve some of these problems was brought up several Board of Aldermen meetings ago with positive response from the audience. The city found a one-box system that included several wireless microphones and everything else the city would need for $500.
This isn’t the only incident of a resident going out of their way to help the city.
Earlier this year, in an effort to keep city’s budget on track and public works crews still out on the streets, door-to-door pickup was cut from the annual Spring Cleanup.
Concerns were brought up over the elderly and disabled and how they would transport items to the city’s drop-off site. In the middle of discussions, a resident spoke up and offered to lend a hand moving furniture, appliances and other heavy and bulky items to the dump site.

Contact Deanna Wheeler at deanna.wheeler@lakesunonline.com.