Renovation of the Heritage Building just off Bagnell Dam Blvd. in Lake Ozark and the subsequent closure of Henderson Lane near Mills Elementary School have caused some traffic issues that need to be addressed, according to the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen.
“There are some traffic issues at the school,” Alderman Jeff Van Donsel said Tuesday night, “and the school needs to be aware that there are some problems.”
He and other board members understand that the construction has created traffic flow problems, but school officials should be aware that the several city resources are being used to monitor the traffic flow and pedestrians, the board agreed.
Van Donsel said he feels the problems needs to be addressed, and suggested City Administrator Dave Van Dee and Police Chief Mark Maples visit with school officials.
“It’s an educational process now,” Maples explained. “We definitely have our hands full for about 30 minutes in the morning. It’s kind of a mess until the school gets organized. There are a lot of issues with parents and construction vehicles.”
The Ozark Yacht Club was back for a second time to ask permission to install a free-standing OYC sign on its property at Bagnell Dam Blvd. and Flynn Road.
Aldermen two weeks ago sent OYC officials back to the drawing board to revamp an initial request for construction of a sign on city right-of-way. General Manager Tim Shields provided a new plan that moves the sign back six feet (eight feet from the sidewalk) to improve the line of sight along Bagnell Dam Blvd.
The sign is needed to mark the entrance to the waterfront OYC facility. A similar sign at the opposite end of the lot leads people to the office on Bagnell Dam Blvd. instead of to the waterfront property. Shields said OYC owners plan to create a new entrance to the marina from Flynn Road.
After additional discussion, the board voted unanimously to allow the sign. However, Alderman Van Donsel reiterated his concern that the sign might look more like a billboard than a business sign.
The board also:
•Approved a resolution authorizing the city to seek bids for construction of a 10-inch, 3,300-foot long water main upgrade along Bagnell Dam Blvd. from Paul’s Supermarket to Mills Elementary School.
•Authorized a contract in the amount of $17,500 for a facility needs assessment for the Public Works Department. The city is considering a new public works facility and the contract is to analyze space needs, a conceptual floor plan, site selection and feasibility study.