The Planning and Zoning Commission Jan. 3 unanimously recommended that three parcels of land on the south side of Valley Road be rezoned from R-1 Single Family to C-2 General Commercial at the request Steven Beck and Lore Development. No specific plans have been revealed.

Undeveloped Valley Road in Lake Ozark could see some activity after the board of aldermen approved first reading of a rezoning request last week.

The Planning and Zoning Commission Jan. 3 unanimously recommended that three parcels of land on the south side of Valley Road be rezoned from R-1 Single Family to C-2 General Commercial at the request Steven Beck and Lore Development. No specific plans have been revealed.

The board of aldermen approved first reading of the rezoning request Jan. 9, and will consider second reading at the Jan. 23 regular meeting.

Valley Road runs parallel to The Strip/Bagnell Dam Blvd. from School Road near Heritage Elementary and connects to the bottom of The Strip near Bagnell Dam. The road is often used to access the campgrounds below the dam, and is nearly all undeveloped except for Laclede Industries Recycling Center and a privately owned storage facility.

Tim Hayden, deputy community development director, told the board he's recently seen more interest in the Valley Road area. The area is outside the Osage River flood plane zone.

 

Briscoe TIF

The board of aldermen approved second reading of an ordinance authorizing the First Amendment of the Briscoe Ozark Development Group Tax Increment Financing plan.

The area is located on both sides of Rt. 242 near the highway's intersection with Bus. Rt. 54. The project calls for eventual construction of estimated 600,000 square feet of leasable commercial space, possibly beginning as early as 2019.

First reading was approved 10 years ago, and second reading was required to keep the project alive.

A spokesman for Briscoe told the board the extension of utilities in the area and the construction of Rt. 242 should improve the prospects for future development.

 

New truck

The board authorized the purchase of a new sewer vacuum truck after the city's 1996 truck broke down again. It was purchased in 2006 from state surplus.

Matt Michalik, public works director, said the city spent $14,000 two years ago for repairs and estimates a minimum of $20,000 would be needed to get the vehicle running again. City Administrator Dave Van Dee said the city relies on the truck to pump out lift stations.

"This is what we need to keep our system going," he said.

After discussing the possible purchase of a used or refurbished truck, the board authorized Michalik to proceed with paperwork for purchase of a vehicle from Al Scheppers of Jefferson City for $109,377. Three bids were received.

Aldermen will consider a formal ordinance for purchase at the Jan. 23 meeting.

"I can't in good conscience recommend solely relying on outside resources for this work because of the mechanics of the city sewer system and the sheer volume of pump stations the city manages," he said.

 

Other business

•City Clerk Kimberly Baker has resigned effective Jan. 26. She was appointed in November of 2015. The city will advertise for a replacement. Until then, court clerk Kathy Vance was appointed interim clerk.