Aldermen will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at O'Donoghue's Restaurant in Jefferson City for a board retreat facilitated by Patrick Ibarra of the Mejorando Group, which provides organizational effectiveness services, strategic planning services, leadership development programs and management skills training designed to achieve results.

The Osage Beach Board of Aldermen and some city staff will spend several hours this week during special work sessions to take a close look at the future of the city.

Aldermen will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at O'Donoghue's Restaurant in Jefferson City for a board retreat facilitated by Patrick Ibarra of the Mejorando Group, which provides organizational effectiveness services, strategic planning services, leadership development programs and management skills training designed to achieve results.

Ibarra's specialty is working with municipalities and is highly recommended by many other cities.

From 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday the board will take part in a visioning and strategic planning session at Doubletree by Hilton in Jefferson City, again facilitated by Ibarra.

City Administrator Jeana Woods said the goal of the session is to begin some visioning and strategic planning for Osage Beach, and to come together on a united front and create a consensus on the future challenges and opportunities of the city.

The session will include a variety of activities and discussions including exploring various trends that impact the role of government and the city in general, discussing the ever-expanding roles and responsibilities of the staff and the governing body, and identify trends impacting current or potential city programs and services.

"This is the first time in my history with the city we have participated in something like this at this level," Woods said. "We currently have a very engaged mayor and board of aldermen and this will further that engagement, providing focus and direction to aid in our productivity for our community."