In the wake of Osage Beach alderman Lois Farmer's resignation last week, there is a vacancy in Ward 2 that needs to be filled.

In the wake of Osage Beach alderman Lois Farmer’s resignation last week, there is a vacancy in Ward 2 that needs to be filled.

Farmer resigned so she and her husband Less could move closer to family in Illinois.

The position will be filled by an appointment by the mayor with the consent of the majority of the remaining members of the board of aldermen. The appointed person must be available for board meeting on the first and third Thursday of each month and for special meetings as scheduled.

Qualifications: Age 18 or older; citizen of the United States, resident of the City of Osage Beach for at least one year prior to appointment, a registered voter and a resident of Ward 2 when appointed and during the time of service.

This appointment is for an unfinished term that expires April 2014. No person may be a candidate who is arrears on city taxes or municipal fees. No person may be a candidate who has been convicted of a felony.

Qualified persons wishing to be considered for this position should submit a letter of interest and resume to:

City Clerk, 1000 City Parkway, Osage Beach, MO 65065

or by e-mail at dwarner@osagebeach.orgby 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20.

The mayor will call a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen where an appointment will be made and voted on by the board.

Questions should be directed to Diann Warner, City Clerk at 573-302-2000.

Lois Farmer

After serving the city of Osage Beach ― and the Lake of the Ozarks ― as a public official and as an ambassador for several years, Lois Farmer is stepping down as an alderman.

Her tenure with the city ends eight years as an alderman, but many years as a cheerleader for the city and the lake area.

Mayor Penny Lyons read Farmer’s announcement last week, noting that Lois was fearful she might become too emotional in bidding her Osage Beach family goodbye.

Mayor Lyons also read a Resolution of Appreciation, thanking Farmer for her service, her public record and her influence on the city of Osage Beach. The resolution read in part:

“During her period of service, she made numerous valuable contributions in all areas of Osage Beach government such as serving on the Joint Sewer Board, the Community Law Enforcement Partnership Advisory Committee, the Leisure Services Advisory Committee, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission the Chautauqua Committee, the Fall Festival Committee and was instrumental in promoting public relations with military bases with the Patriotic March by members of the military from City Hall to Bagnell Dam.”

Farmer received accolades from her fellow board members and staff later in the meeting.

“I’m the lucky one,” Farmer responded. “And I’m going miss you all.”

Even before she was elected to office, Farmer was instrumental in getting a traffic light installed at Nichols Road and Osage Beach Parkway (before it was the Parkway). The walking trail along Dude Ranch Road from Nichols Road is also one of her successes.

Farmer served on the Camden County Library Board and has been a volunteer (1,000 hours-plus) at the Lake Regional Hospital gift shop.

Farmer’s service goes beyond the confines of the city hall. She makes sure the Public Works crew has her famous Pineapple Upside Down Cake. She once spent a day on the roof at Hy-Vee Service Station for the annual Special Olympics Cops on Top project. She’s ridden with Osage Police Department officers Pete Leyva and Sam Ford to get a better understand of the OBPD’s duties.

Farmer served on the Camden County Library Board and has been a volunteer (1,000 hours-plus) at the Lake Regional Hospital gift shop.

Farmer was rewarded for her can-do spirit and her volunteerism when she received the Missouri Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award last spring. She was presented a framed declaration by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder at the Awards Banquet May 8 at the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Farmer was nominated by State Rep. Diane Franklin, who was present at a March Osage Beach Board meeting to present a Certificate of Recognition for her exemplary service. That was a prelude to Farmer being named a Senior Service Award winner.