The first-ever Hip Hop Festival is coming to Lake Ozark this month, and a request for a temporary beer/liquor and caterer’s permit for the event raised a red flag among city officials.


The first-ever Hip Hop Festival is coming to Lake Ozark this month, and a request for a temporary beer/liquor and caterer’s permit for the event raised a red flag among city officials.
The board of aldermen eventually approved the permit request at its regular July 24 meeting, but also asked that Police Chief Mark Maples visit with promoters about the board’s concerns.
“Do the Dam Thing” Hip Hop Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, featuring a variety of Hip Hop groups and activities. While the event will be held on private property, it’s being promoted as a public event and that got the attention of Lake Ozark officials.

Concerns include:
•No specific area specified as to where the event will be held
•The event is geared to young people, but no information was included in the permit about monitoring underage drinking
•How will the sponsors, The Dam Bait Shop & Campground, control underage drinking in the campground area
•How will the consumption of alcohol be controlled during the “After Hours After Party” which is scheduled to take place after the caterer’s permit expires at midnight.

Rt. 242 wrap-up
There were no written or oral comments during a public hearing regarding the Rt. 242 project from Bagnell Dam Blvd. to near the Expressway.
The hearing was a procedural matter so officials involved with the Community Development Block Grant portion of the highway project could close out the paperwork. A final report will be filed with MoDOT.

Welcome Sign
Joe Roeger, chairman of the Lake Area Chamber Beautification Committee, updated the board on the Lake of the Ozarks Welcome Sign.
The sign was completed by July 4, but lighting and a flagpole have yet to be installed.
Roeger, who headed the sign project, said more than $41,000 in cash has been received from 64 contributors, and in-kind donations of labor and materials totals more than $40,000.
“We’re pretty proud of the project, but we’re not done,” he told the board.
With about $5,600 in the bank, an estimated $10,000 is needed for lighting. Other expenses include landscaping and a 40-foot flagpole. Garrett Lynch has taken on the flagpole for his Eagle Scout project.
“I may have to knock on some more doors, but we’ll get it all done,” Roeger said.
He asked the city of Lake Ozark to contribute $5,000 toward the balance of the project ? the same amount as was pledged by Osage Beach ? and the board voted to authorize $2,000.

New truck
The board also authorized purchase of a 2012 F-550 utility truck from Custom Truck and Equipment in Kansas City for $95,315. It will replace the existing service truck, which is 10 years old with 130,000 miles.