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  • Cities tag team lift station responsibilities

  • The cities of Lake Ozark and Osage Beach sometimes find that their borders and responsibilities cross paths.
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  • The cities of Lake Ozark and Osage Beach sometimes find that their borders and responsibilities cross paths.
    Such is the case of a sanitary sewer lift station within the city limits of Osage Beach that services several businesses in Lake Ozark. The area in question is in the Mace Road and Avery Road area.
    Lake Ozark previously provided sewer service to the area, but it will now be handled by Osage Beach.
    Aldermen approved an ordinance Tuesday night that transfers the responsibility of the sewer service to Osage Beach and relieves Lake Ozark of any responsibility for abandoned lines, existing easements or infrastructure.
    Lake Ozark will continue ownership of the lift station involved and will also provide services to a handful of customers in Lake Ozark including the old Bank Star One building, a nearby boatlift business and a flea market.
    "It's imperative that Lake Ozark continues to have deed to the lift station," one alderman urged.
    The lift station has been in that location since the mid-1980s, but it's not clear who actually owns the land upon which it sits.
    City Attorney Roger Gibbons said a title search was not conducted, but stressed that Lake Ozark retains the right to the lift station and its operation.
    "We're not giving up any easement rights," he told the board.
    Alderman Larry Buschjost said he does not want "to find out in the future that we don't have access."
    City property
    The board agreed to spend upwards of $1,500 to have the former police station building including the rock house appraised.
    The Nunn Company, LLC, of Jefferson City was authorized to conduct the appraisal. The city may consider selling some of the property ― including the old police station ― after receiving property value information.
    Resident concerns
    Two Lake Ozark residents complained about trash removal service currently provided by Waste Management and formerly owned by Handy Jon.
    Ron Lundstrom said he was speaking on behalf of three of his neighbors, all of whom are concerned about:
    •WM trucks dripping fuel oil that might be harming the asphalt while stopped to make pickups
    •Messes left behind when trucks compact their trucks at the end of the street, including foul odors that residents cannot get washed off.
    "We never had these problems with Handy Jon," Lundstrom said.
    Laura Edwards, also a resident of Lake Ozark but a member of the Golden Age Activity Center, commented about the "cruddiest waste things" that WM uses.
    "Lake Ozark needs to let them know we want the same quality as before," she said.
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