Lake Ozark continues to have the corner on events as the board of aldermen Tuesday night approved special event permits for two more upcoming events.

Lake Ozark continues to have the corner on events as the board of aldermen Tuesday night approved special event permits for two more upcoming events.

A series of Lake of the Ozark Bike Nights was approved for six consecutive months beginning Thursday, April 17. The Bike Nights, which will be held the third Thursday of the month April through September.

Greg Sullens, marketing director for Benne Media, the sponsor of Bike Night, asked if a section of the center lane of The Strip could be closed for about three hours so bikers can park their motorcycles.

Police Chief Mark Maples recommended the center lane from School Road to near Bagnell Dam be closed to eliminate confusion. Aldermen agreed.
“We want to bring Bike Night back to where it started eight years ago,” Sullens said.
The event has been rotated among several venues the last several years, but Sullens said the most logical and successful location is The Strip.

Aldermen also approved an event permit for the second annual Ozark Gravel Road Expedition on Saturday, April 26.

The “gravel grinder” bicycle race will begin at 6 a.m. at Big Surf near Y Road and Highway 54 and end between 5 p.m. and midnight near Paul’s Supermarket in Lake Ozark.
Bonk Hard Racing, LLC, of Osage Beach is sponsoring the event. OGRE will involved more than 150 miles of riding on mostly gravel roads through Camden and Miller counties. Between 75 and 100 riders are expected. Due to the difficulty of the event, 50 or fewer riders will finish.

Riders will be given a map and required to wear helmets, display a red flashing tail light, obey traffic laws, carry cell phones and first aid kids and provide adequate front lighting for riding after sunset.

No roads will be closed, but several pit stops will be set up along the course, which is as follows:
Leg 1 – Big Surf to Tunnel Gardens (50 miles)
Leg 2 – Tunnel Gardens to Buffalo Prairie in Montreal (38 miles)
Leg 3 – Buffalo Prairie to Highway 42/Rt. Y (40 miles)
Leg 4 – Highway 42/Rt. U to Wood River Road (23 miles)
Leg 5 – Wood River Road to Paul’s Supermarket (3 miles)

Water towers, sewers
The city of Lake Ozark will spend $22,500 to have the inside and outside its two water towers pressure washed. A written and photographic inspection report will be provided by Hydro-Spec to the city as well.

It will cost $85,000 to have the city’s gravity sewer system cleaned, closed circuit TV inspected and a GPS mapped.

Four bids were opened March 7, with Ace Pipe Cleaning the low bidders. Other bids were Trekk, $150,000; VST&C, $100,000; and Redzone Robotics, $96,320.
Ace Pipe Cleaning was the low bidder and the only bidder under the $92,000 budget estimate.

LOPD vehicles
The board approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of two vehicles for the Lake Ozark Police Department.

Aldermen approved the purchase at the March 11 meeting, and Police Chief Maples placed the order. However, Tuesday night’s resolution makes the decision official. The vehicles will be obtained through a lease-purchase agreement with U.S. Bank with both vehicles paid for by the end of the 2014 fiscal year.

Other business
•The board approved a letter of intent for a city and Sunday liquor license for Blondie’s Burger Bar, former location of Food for Thought and previous to that The Dam Bar. Owners are Tanya Newberry and Melanie Miller.
•The board authorized an application and license agreement with the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for the Magic Dragon Street Meet May 2-4.
•Approved LOPD Chief Maples’ request to hire Kara Harwood as a part-time dispatcher because of illness within the dispatching team.
•Had a report from Maples that there were a few traffic complaints during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade related to the Horseshoe Bend Parkway/Bagnell Dam Blvd. intersection. He also received a complaint about children getting too close to vehicles while picking up candy. There was also a minor disturbance during the parade hear the Shoreland Motel.