The development of a large chunk of Fish Haven Road took a small step forward Tuesday night when the city of Lake Ozark agreed in principle to the Fish Haven Apartments.

The development of a large chunk of Fish Haven Road took a small step forward Tuesday night when the city of Lake Ozark agreed in principle to the Fish Haven Apartments.

Hanging in the balance is a $1.167 million Community Development Block Grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development that will fund water and sewer improvements for Phase 2 and 3 of the Fish Haven development. Existing infrastructure is adequate to serve Phase 1, which is approximately 64 units of rental property.

The city was notified March 20 that its application for the funds had been approved. The grant will fund all but about $470,000 of engineering and design of the Phase 2 and 3 infrastructure, and the balance will be paid by the developer, Briscoe Ozarks Development Group. Briscoe owns property on both sides of South Fish Haven Road just past Hickory Hills Drive to the right-of-way line of Rt. 242.

City Administrator Dave Van Dee said there will be no out-of-pocket expenses for the city.

“The goal is that the development will pay for the project in the long run,” he said after the meeting.

The board of aldermen agreed in principle Tuesday night that the project should move forward. However, there are a lot of logistics and paperwork that must be worked out before the official go-ahead.

Jeff Segin with McClure Engineering updated the board on the project with the assistance of Gene Hinshaw with THH Engineering.

“We’re asking for the opportunity to work together on this project,” Segin told the board.

City Attorney Roger Gibbons said there were issues that need to be addressed including the terms of a repayment contract between the developer and the city.

The consensus among the board and developer was that everyone involved will work through the issues “in the best interests of the city.”

Van Dee said he sees a good public-private partnership developing, and predicted the city will continue to be proactive in working out the details.

Actual construction of Phase 1 is expected to begin this summer, with the infrastructure for Phase 2 and 3 to follow.

City officials believe the infrastructure improvements will open up the area north of Rt. 242 between Business 54 and Bagnell Dam Blvd. for future development.


Shoreline building

The board approved a Planning and Zoning recommendation that an area adjacent to Willmore Lodge be rezoned to allow for construction of a new Ameren Missouri Shoreline Management office.

Ameren requested a change from R-3 Multi-Family Dwelling to C-2 General Commercial.

Water for the building will be provided through Beach Club Condominiums, and the new building will hook onto the city’s existing sewer service, which is within 300 feet of the proposed building.


Other business

•The board approved a lease/purchase agreement with US Bank for the purchase of two 2014 Ford Explorer police vehicles for the LOPD.

•The board approved a contract with Ace Pipe Cleaning, Inc., for the closed circuit television inspection and cleaning of about 50,000 feet of sewer main for about $85,000.

•The board approved installation of a streetlight at North Fish Haven Road and Rt. 242 as part of the Fish Haven Apartments development. The developer will pay for the pole, light and transformer. The city approved vacation of the land for the light to Briscoe in exchange for Briscoe paying for the light.

•The board approved a Special Event Application for the seventh annual Kiwanis Peanut Day Fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Horseshoe Bend Parkway and Bagnell Dam Blvd.