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  • City of Lake Ozark to renovate public works building

  • The city of Lake Ozark will move forward with renovating one of it’s public works buildings after aldermen reconsidered the option of building an entirely new structure.
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  • The city of Lake Ozark will move forward with renovating one of it’s public works buildings after aldermen reconsidered the option of building an entirely new structure.
    The board voted last month to spend $42,250 to replace the roof on the aging Street Department building on Fish Haven Road, fix a drainage problem, install new gutters and upgrade the electrical service and replace the roof. Part of that project ― drainage repair ― has already been started.
    The board’s intent at the July meeting was to opt for repairs rather than build a new facility, estimated to cost between $108,000 and $132,000.
    Public Works Director Matt Michalik told the board in a memo July 22 that he, City Administrator Dave Van Dee and Mayor Johnnie Franzeskos had determined the city does not have the resources for a new building. He and the administration recommended moving forward with repairs, which the board approved.
    However, Van Dee was asked after the July 22 meeting to provide specific information about renovation vs. new.
    “I’m open to what the board wants,” Van Dee said at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.
    Van Dee said regardless of the board’s decision, the Street Department building would stay in the city’s inventory and would need some type of repairs.
    Mayor Franzeskos agreed, noting that even if the city opted for a new facility, the existing building would be needed for storage during new construction and after something was built.
    The city has discussed consolidating its public works facilities, but resources haven’t been available. In the long term, Van Dee said, even if the city consolidates departments the building would be used for storage.
    Alderman Tony Otto, himself a contractor, said his review of the building and the options indicate it would be time and money well spent to repair the existing building if the work is done right. He lauded work already done to solve the drainage problem.
    “It can be done to make the building last,” Otto said of the repairs. “If we can get useful life at a certain amount, then it will be money well spent.”
    Van Dee noted in his written report to the board that estimated base cost of a new building (not including labor) would range from $69,500 to $80,800. Labor cost is estimated to add another 46 percent, raising the cost to as much as $132,120 ― plus a contingency fund for unanticipated costs.
    Total cost for renovation is estimated at $68,440 including the already approved repairs plus heating and insulation.
    The board ultimately approved a contract with JD Industries, dba Midwest Roofing, in the amount of $14,230 to repair the roof. That decision puts the city back on track for updating the building.
    Page 2 of 2 - Van Dee said he contacted School of the Osage officials about a rumor the school planed to vacate its bus barn on near the Heritage Building. Lake Ozark officials thought the bus barn would make a nice Street Department building rather than building a new structure. However, Osage plans to continue to use the building.
    Don Hall, a resident of School Road in Lake Ozark, urged the board during Public Comment to consider a new building.
    “Anything you spend (on the Street Department building) is throwing it away,” he said. “Even if you can postpone it until you can save up. That building is in bad shape.”
    He said anything the city spends now will be spent again later to maintain the building.
    “It’s in a sad state of repair,” he told the board.

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