Franzeskos has served 12 years as mayor. Murawski has been ion the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen for 5 years.

For the mayor’s position, incumbent Johnnie Franzeskos is running against Aldermen Gerry Murawski. Both candidates have been involved with city government for a number of years. Franzeskos has served 12 years as mayor. Murawski has been ion the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen for 5 years. 

Franzeskos said he is proud of what the city has accomplished during his tenure as mayor. If elected he looks forward to continuing the city’s progress and maintaining the momentum that has been established. 

Murawski said he plans to focus on economic development during his term if elected. Murawski has been an outspoken member of the board. He has been involved int he efforts to improve parking along the Bagnell Dam Strip and was instrumental in getting the Strip Express up and running in 2018.

 

Franzeskos

1. What was the motivation for you to run for office and what sets you apart as a candidate from your opposition? 

When I moved to the lake in 2005 I saw a lot of potential in the City, so I decided to run for Mayor. In the past 12 years. I am very proud to say that today, our City has very competent administration, managers and staff. Our Police Department and Public Works Department are one of the best in the area. We now have a new City Hall and Police Station (2009) and a new Public Works building on School Road.

 These new facilities will service the City well into the future. Over the last 12 years, the City has experienced economic growth and many positive changes.

2. What do you feel are the 3 most challenging issues in Lake Ozark and how do you plan to address them? 

First of all it would be the roads, which we will have a work session April 10th to talk more about the a solution to fix them.  

Second would be to build more work force and senior housing. 

Third would be to get more family friendly activities on the strip. 

3. The city recently released a report detailing the condition of streets along with projected costs to improve the roadway system within Lake Ozark. What are your recommendations to fix the city’s street system taking into account the Lake Ozark budget? 

Possible passing of a bond to fix the roads. Which will be addressed at a work session April 10th at City Hall. Everyone  welcome. 

4. The Bagnell Dam Strip is a major tourist attraction not only for the city but the lake area in general. What do you see as the future of the Strip and what would be your priorities to increase the visibility and appeal of the Strip to visitors? 

The Bagnell Dam Strip Association are the ones that actually control what happens on the strip, that meets monthly to come up with ideas for more family friendly activities on the strip. We encourage anyone that has any ideas are very welcome to come to the meetings. The meetings are held at Wilmore Lodge monthly.  

5. What is your position on using tools such as Tax Increment Financing Districts to promote economic development within the city? 

We have three Tifs in the City right now. To have anymore Tifs the City would have to look carefully into them and working with developers to see if they are feasible or not. 

6. Would you support efforts to voluntarily or involuntarily annex areas currently outside the geographic boundaries of Lake Ozark to grow the city? 

For it to be cost effective for the City it would have to be a large enough area because the City would be suppling roads, sewer, water, law enforcement.Again that is something that would have to be looked at very closely. 

7. What can the city do to encourage more affordable housing projects? 

Now that we have the Tifs in place we need to work on getting more big business in the City. We have 242 that has so much potential for development for both businesses and workforce housing.  

8. How do you plan to work together with your fellow alderman to ensure a responsible and effective city government? 

Since I have been mayor for the past 12yrs I have always worked with the Alderman. We have always gotten along and always worked together for the betterment and progress of the City and its Citizens. As Mayor I will continue to be transparent, available and progressive to keep the City moving in the positive direction that it has been doing. 

9. How can you as an elected city official ensure transparency and improve communication with the public? 

The same as I have been doing the last 12 yrs. The City has always been transparent and available to the Citizens. I receive calls on weekends, holidays, and evenings. I am honored the citizens feel like they can call me at home with anything. I am always here to help with their problems and suggestions they have for the City. There are no wrong ideas.

 

Murawski

1. What was the motivation for you to run for office and what sets you apart as a candidate from your opposition? 

As a current Alderman my motivation has always been “ How can I help?” My give back attitude is paramount in my life. I actively participate in lake area groups that are involved in economic development, affordable housing, and public transportation. 

These are very important to the future of our city. With my energy, leadership, and association with these groups, I believe we will shape the future of the City of Lake Ozark by building relationships with site selectors, developers, and builders.

2. What do you feel are the 3 most challenging issues in Lake Ozark and how do you plan to address them? 

The most challenging issues today are the roads, economic development, and affordable housing. We will discuss roads in the next question.

The Lake Area Regional Economic Development Council has taken a regional approach by combining the resources of the three lake counties. With a population of 91,000, 3 airports, 3 technical schools, and a choice of development sites, we now can show up on the radar of site selectors. LOREDC working with Missouri Partnership can much better sell our communities to attain the light and advanced manufacturing our city needs to provide good paying jobs and increased taxes. This would require housing that our workers can afford. I am an active member of the Housing Initiative Planning Group. The group is forming a Community Development Corporation which will apply for and receive federal and state money which will reduce the development costs housing developers and builders.

3. The city recently released a report detailing the condition of streets along with projected costs to improve the roadway system within Lake Ozark. What are your recommendations to fix the city’s street system taking into account the Lake Ozark budget? 

In our 8 square mile city we have 103 roads. Most are in good to fair condition. Our Public Works Department is budgeted to maintain these roads and do a good job. However, some roads require resurfacing and that is extremely expensive. Our budget does not allow for this. You can go to the city’s website (cityoflakeozark.net) to read the report. I believe we need to do a bond issue to raise the money for this work. If state money should ever come available, we would be in the line. We cant wait.

4. The Bagnell Dam Strip is a major tourist attraction not only for the city but the lake area in general. What do you see as the future of the Strip and what would be your priorities to increase the visibility and appeal of the Strip to visitors? 

I am currently the Alderman for Bagnell Dam Blvd. I have been working on this, as many of you know. The “Strip Express”, which I developed and tested last year was a success. It was fun and our visitors enjoyed it. It will be back this year. No cost to the city. This led me to creating a Transportation Development District. It’s scope is from the Dam to Eagles Landing. The money raised will be used for Mini-Trolleys. The Trolleys will add some family fun while, also, accommodating our guests. My plan is these would be free. Again, no city money. Money will be used to build and maintain a parking garage for the “Strip”. Parking is the main issue. A parking garage may be the catalyst for explosive growth as a visitor destination.

5. What is your position on using tools such as Tax Increment Financing Districts to promote economic development within the city? 

TIF can be a great tool. Used in an area that without TIF would not be developed. It should be used to reimburse the developer for the cost of infrastructure from only the increased taxes created by the development. The use of TIF should be a win/win for the city, the school system, the fire department, and the county. If used correctly, it can save the tax payers money by funding sewer, water, and road improvements. The city should always keep their best interests at heart.

6. Would you support efforts to voluntarily or involuntarily annex areas currently outside the geographic boundaries of Lake Ozark to grow the city? 

Speaking of win/win. Annexation is a serious move. The question is what benefits do the residents receive and how does it benefit the City? Sewer, water, police protection, and roads being, perhaps, the most important issues to be considered. Horseshoe Bend might have possible attraction to the City, but it would take interest from residents and a lot of work. Never say never.

7. What can the city do to encourage more affordable housing projects? 

I earlier talked about the CDC and its ability to apply for and receive Federal an State money. Our governor has put a priority on transportation and workforce housing. The CDC should be the pipeline to receive money to fund certain projects. Meeting with builders and developers and sharing information could entice them to build and make a profit. The average rent in the city is $1,200 per month. Apartments, like Palm Ridge Apartments have very short vacancies. The School of the Osage is a significant reason why our city is attractive. More are needed.

8. How do you plan to work together with your fellow alderman to ensure a responsible and effective city government? 

Working together is similar to a good marriage. It takes communication, understanding, and leadership. The elected officials all have a love for the city. Communicating differing points of view is necessary for functional government. Involvement is an important duty to gain the knowledge to form a view point.

9. How can you as an elected city official ensure transparency and improve communication with the public? 

Speaking for myself.My door will always be open. My cell number is on my card. I have suggested that we do more forums on different topics with residents and business people attending. I will be available to the media and could do an email newsletter quarterly.

Lastly, I ask those who live in this wonderful city to get involved. Come to meetings, serve on a board, and please vote.