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  • Lake Ozark working to expand storm warning system

  • With severe weather season just around the corner, the city of Lake Ozark is taking steps to ensure its residents have adequate advance warning of approaching storms.
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  • With severe weather season just around the corner, the city of Lake Ozark is taking steps to ensure its residents have adequate advance warning of approaching storms.
    The city is working with Ameren Missouri to use three high-water warning sirens below Bagnell Dam as supplemental storm warning sirens.
    Officials will determine how many sirens will be used for storm warnings.
    Police Chief Mark Maples is working with Ameren and Bagnell Dam plant officials on a protocol to set off the sirens when Lake Ozark sirens are activated.
    The city recently installed two new sirens as part of a cost-share agreement with U.S. Bancorporation. One is located at the Lake Ozark Fire Department station on Bagnell Dam, and the other on Welsh Road on the North Shore.
    Including the Ameren/Bagnell Dam sirens along the river will enhance the coverage area of protection, city officials said.
    "This will provide for a broader area of coverage for weather alerts until we can incorporate additional sirens into our system," City Administrator Dave Van Dee said in a memo to aldermen.
    The purpose of the Ameren sirens is to warn residents below Bagnell Dam if the dam fails.
    A storm warning tone was included when Ameren designed the siren system.
    "This still isn't 100 percent coverage, but it's more than we've had in the past and it will help the public in times of severe weather," Van Dee said.
    Alderman Tony Otto wondered if the Ameren warning tone activated during severe weather might be construed as a failure of the dam.
    Maples said the city and Ameren want to make sure the actual severe warning tone is close to the Ameren siren tone to avoid confusion.
    "They'll probably figure it out when we have monthly testing," Maples explained.
    Ameren will sound the storm warning tone upon request of the city of Lake Ozark to the Bagnell Dam control room.
    Other business
    •The board approved the voluntary annexation of Lighthouse Pointe Condominiums into the city limits.
    •Approved a resolution authorizing the payment of the city's monthly bills in the event a board of aldermen meeting is cancelled. A recent board meeting was cancelled because of a lack of a quorum, and some city vendors could not be paid because the board had not approved their invoices.
    •Confirmed the mayoral appointment of Ron Lunsford and Margaret Davis to the Planning & Zoning Commission; reappointed Art Sargent to the Board of Adjustment; and Michael Kolar to the Board of Adjustment replacing Mary Luetkemeyer who has relocated outside the city limits.
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