October 1997 Volume Number 8 Issue Number 9
September 1997 Volume Number 8 Issue Number 8

Highway 42 annexation -- finally!

After five years of blocking actions by a couple of individuals, the vote on the annexation of the School of the Osage property and the City Park on Highway 42 is about to take place.

Although the process has been delayed by numerous legal challenges (all which have been won by the City), the basic incorporation remains a valid and important step for the City to take to protect the children who use the school and City Park on Highway 42. In fact, the need has grown as the School of the Osage has added space to existing buildings and constructed new buildings to handle their growing student population. This has resulted in increased traffic beyond what the City stated in the needs assessment. Businesses have continued to grow in the area, further developing traffic and safety concerns. The area needs the protection of the Police and Ambulance. Businesses already use the City name and identification as part of their advertising (Meeks, Toby's, and the KOA).

The cost to provide services to the area remains equitable to the income from the area. The ability of the City to provide services to the area remains far in excess of the ability of the Miller County Sheriff's Department and the Miller County Ambulance (while both of these entities would be happy to increase service, neither has the financial wherewithal to expand services to the area.

The next step in the process of annexation is to hold an election. There will actually be two elections held at the same time. One of these will be in the proposed area to be annexed (see map below). Only those people living within the area to be annexed may vote on the issue. The other election will be held at the same time within the city limits of Osage Beach.

If the question of annexation is approved in both areas, then the City's Board of Aldermen will complete the process with the City providing Police and Ambulance service to this area.

If the election fails in either area, then the Board of Aldermen can call for a second election. In the second election, both of the areas are combined and the majority of those voting decide whether the Board of Aldermen may proceed with the annexation and delivery of services to the area.

The election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 4. Your voting place for this issue is the polling place where you normally go to vote in any election. Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please vote on election day.

Third Annual Halloween Party planned

City employees and volunteers are making preparations for the Third Annual Halloween Party sponsored by the City of Osage Beach. This year, the Tri-County YMCA and the Missouri State Water Patrol are helping to sponsor the event.

The haunted house, carnival and dance will be held this year in the areas set aside for future expansion in the lower level of City Hall at 1000 City Parkway. The haunted house is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30. On Friday, Oct. 31, the haunted house will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; a "circus carnival" for the smaller children is planned for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and a dance will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Donating his time, talent and equipment for the dance is Leo Case.

Last year's event was a real success with more than 500 children attending the event with their parents. The organizers are looking for an even better turnout this year.

Anyone who would like to volunteer their time for this event should call City Hall at 302-2000.

A "circus carnival" for smaller children, a haunted house for teens and a dance are scheduled again this year at the City Hall on Oct. 30 and Halloween night.

Remember last year’s Halloween Party?

Come be a part of it!

Tips for safe trick-or-treating

When preparing for trick-or-treating, remember these tips:

• Costumes should be flameproof and brightly colored for visibility. They should allow freedom of movement and be the right length to prevent tripping.

• Masks should not obstruct vision or interfere with breathing.

• Trick-or-treat only at homes of people you know.

• Do not let your child eat candy until you have examined it.

Code Book Corner

By Jeff Green

City Planner

Since its adoption in 1984, Osage Beach land uses and structures are governed by a set of rules called zoning regulations. The ultimate purpose of zoning regulations is to separate classes of uses and specify the most appropriate location for those uses within the City. Each zoning district specifies such things as minimum lot size, minimum setback requirements, minimum landscaping, allowable densities, etc.

With all these regulations, what happens to all the existing uses and structures which existed prior to 1984? Undoubtedly, they all did not meet the requirements of the new zoning regulations. Does the City require immediate removal of these structures? Does the City force these uses to change? Do we shut businesses down? The answer is no. The City calls these structures and uses "legally nonconforming" or "grandfathered." This means the structure, which otherwise is a violation under current regulations, is allowed to continue because it existed prior to the law.

We literally have hundreds of grandfathered situations throughout the City. For example, if your home is less than 25 feet from the front property line, less than 20 feet from the rear property line, or less than 10 feet from side property lines, you too, may own a legally nonconforming structure. With this situation being so common, City fathers have devoted an entire section of the zoning ordinance to allow these situations to continue under certain conditions. These regulations generally limit expansion, substitution, replacement and alterations to nonconformities.

It is important to recognize whether or not any land, structures or businesses you own are legally nonconforming. It is possible for grandfathered uses to expire if they are not replaced within a certain amount of time, sometimes as few as 30 days.

If you have any questions regarding zoning, nonconforming land uses, or any other land use situation, don't hesitate to contact the City's Planning Department at 302-2030.


Pictorial Collection Shows

Appreciation of Local History

For the last several years, the City of Osage Beach has actively sought pictures and other printed memorabilia dealing with the area's history. Mayor Jim Schneider also recently established a Historical and Cultural Committee to help promote local historical preservation. It is the hope of this committee that this small collection will be the beginning of an active appreciation of local history.

If you have been in City Hall recently, you have seen the pictorial collection in the lobby and in the meeting room. These pictures and other items have been donated by local residents. Original pictures were returned to the owners with the City retaining the negatives.

Karen and Lewis Strange of Artpho Gallery and Frame and Judy Svetlich donated their time to provide the framing and matting. Beth Duenke chose the items for display and provided their artistic arrangement. The text for the collection was written by Victoria Hubbell. Money for the project was provided through the Burton Duenke Trust.

The City would like to express sincere appreciation to the Burton Duenke Trust, Artpho Gallery and Frame, Judy Svetlich, Victoria Hubbell and members of the Osage Beach Historical and Cultural Committee for their gifts of money and time for this project. It will be appreciated for many years to come.

Those unanswered phone calls

Since our move to the new City Hall, we have experienced some problems with the telephones.

If you have called City Hall and received no answer, that is because all lines were busy and the calls were rolling over to a line that does not exist.

The telephone company's computer says the line is operational when in fact it is not connected.

We are trying to resolve the problem and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Hundreds come out to see City Hall

Hundreds of people came out on Sunday, Sept. 21 to the Open House at the Osage Beach City Hall. According to reports from city staff, more than 700 people attended the event which lasted throughout the afternoon.

Boy Scout Troop #232 of Harper Chapel United Methodist Church conducted the flag raising ceremony. Mayor Jim Schneider welcomed those in attendance and shared with them the story of the construction project of the City Hall. The City's Aldermen -- including Alderman Garry Bartles, Alderman Dan Fry, Alderman Penny Lyons, Alderman Robert O Keefe, Alderman Nancy Sheely and Collector Lorraine Radenz were with the Mayor at the Open House. Alderman Charles Peterson was unable to attend the ceremonies.

Mayor Schneider gave special recognition to Ken Sheely who served as an Aldermen from April 6, 1993 until he passed away on Jan. 5, 1995. In his honor, a Red Maple tree was planted on the grounds of the new City facilities. It is located in the parking lot island near the "Enter" sign and is designated with a granite marker.

Those attending the Open House were given the opportunity to tour the new facility. Several staff members provided tours throughout the afternoon.

The City's elected officials welcome residents to the Open House at the City's new facilities. Approximately 700 people attended the ceremonies which took place Sunday, Sept. 21.


Officer SAM, the Department of Public Safety's Robot was on hand to visit with children of all ages at the event.


Boy Scouts from Troop 232 of Harper Chapel United Methodist Church were in charge of the flag ceremony which was held before the Open House.

Visitors look at some of the many historical photos which grace the new facility.

A Red Maple tree was planted in memory of Alderman Ken Sheely who served the City from April 6, 1993 until his passing on Jan. 5, 1995. His wife, Alderman Nancy Sheely, is currently serving as one of the aldermen in Ward Two. The tree planted in memory of Ken Sheely is located in the parking lot island near the "Enter" sign and is designated with a granite marker. Several members of the Sheely family attended the Open House ceremony.


City Hall -- the story from start to finish

The efforts to construct the new facility began in 1990 when then Mayor Mike Craig requested a study of the current and future needs of the City, as well as a study of the current facilities. The study reaffirmed what the residents and City staff had known for many years -- that the City had outgrown the building in which it was located. The building had been renovated to its fullest extent. The building could not properly serve the citizens of Osage Beach. There was a lack of parking, the cost to make the building conform to the ADA laws was deemed impractical, and there was a severe shortage of space -- the old City Hall facility was approximately 11,530 square feet and estimated immediate needs were 24,250 square feet.

In order to afford the necessary new facilities, the City embarked on a savings program. In preparation of the budget each year, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen set aside money for the project and set aside any funds that could be spared from the current year's budget. The City of Osage Beach was fortunate during this time to experience a rapid growth of sales tax revenue which greatly assisted in the City meeting its goals.

It was late in 1993 when former Mayor Gary Martin appointed an Ad Hoc Task Force to search for a site for the facility. The Task force reviewed the needs study and determined that the facilities would require at least a five-acre site. The Task Force believed the facility should be in a relatively central location; have the capacity for future expansion; and be able to accommodate other types of civic uses. City staff identified 59 sites that met the guidelines and the Task Force narrowed the sites to five.

The Board of Aldermen accepted the recommendation of the Task Force in 1994, and at a cost of $459,469, purchased a piece of undeveloped property amounting to approximately 23 acres with 383 feet of highway frontage on U.S. 54.

Mayor Jim Schneider carried the project through the design phase, bidding and construction. The architectural firm of Yarger and Associates was hired by the City in 1995 and bids for the project were awarded to the construction firm of Borchers and Heimsoth in March of 1996. The groundbreaking for the facility took place May 8, 1996 and the dedication ceremonies were held on March 26, 1997. The total cost of the construction project was $3,324.492.87 which was under the original bid accepted by the Board of Aldermen.

The new facility houses the City Hall Administrative Departments, the Police Department, Communications and Records Division, and the Ambulance Department. It includes a Board/Court room with seating for 100, public restrooms, is totally ADA accessible, visitor and employee parking for 177 vehicles, and incorporates both short-term (five years) and long-term expansion needs (9,000 square feet of "unfinished" basement) with a total size of 39,000 square feet.

The following people played an important part in the planning of and for the provision of the new City facilities:

Former Mayors

Mike Craig -- Gary Martin

Former Aldermen

Margie Butler -- Dan Foster -- Richard Haag -- John Kahrs -- Jim Laemmli -- David Marose -- Cecil Payne -- Randy Penland -- John Porth -- Ken Sheely -- Audrey Sonntag -- Randy Vance

Site Selection Committee

Margie Butler -- Dan Foster -- Richard Haag -- R.L. Lesnick -- Gary Martin -- Charles Peterson

Site Development Committee Members

Fran Gilbert -- Stewart Krause -- M.J. Lesnick -- Gary Martin -- Don Mawle -- John Porth


Our thanks. . .

Special thanks for those who helped make the Open House a success including Wal-Mart Supercenter for donating cookies for the occasion and to Marina Bay Resort for the use of their punch bowls, cloths and skirting for the tables.

Thanks also to those businesses who sent beautiful flowers and plants that decorated the lobby in the City Hall, including: Zip Stop, Lilburn Smith from Colonial Insurance Company, Christian Women's Club, Borcher's and Heimsoth Construction Company, Janine's Flowers, Hawk & Associates Law Office, Naught-Naught Agency, Jay Walter.

Part of the crowd who attended the Open House on Sunday, Sept. 21. More than 700 people attended the event. The building provides needed work space for all City departments.


Remember the W.O.R.D. when changing oil

The Waste Oil Recycling Depot (W.O.R.D.) is in its second year of operation at the City's Public Works Building.

The recycling depot went on line in December of 1996 and to date has collected 2,600 gallons of waste oil from do-it-yourselfers (DIY). Statistics from the late 1980s show that 60 percent of motor oil was sold retail -- indicating that most oil was changed by those do-it-yourselfers. More recent figures indicate that about 50 percent of U.S. households at least sometimes change their own oil from cars, trucks, farm equipment and other types of engines. That still amounts to 240 million gallons annually. It is estimated that the recovery rate of DIY generated used oil is only 25 percent. A substantial amount of used oil is "landfilled" or dumped outside of landfills.

Recognizing the real potential of waste oil fouling ground drinking water and the Lake of the Ozarks, the City of Osage Beach, teamed with the Lake of the Ozarks Solid Waste Management District, established a waste oil collection center. The center is located at the City's Public Works Facility at 5757 Chapel Drive.

The City's service area covers the counties of Laclede, Miller and Camden. This waste oil is used by the City to fuel two heating furnaces at the Public Works building. The equipment includes two furnaces, a 3,000 gallon self-contained outside storage tank, 250 gallon self-contained inside transfer tank, and a pneumatic transfer pump.

City officials have found that key factors in effective waste and recycling are public education/awareness, convenient collection points, and sufficient funding.

Further information on the waste oil recycling project can be obtained by contacting Jerry Boak, director, at 302-2020.

Two murals grace the lobby of the City Hall complex. Michael McWhirter was the artist for "Osage Beach, Key to the Lake" mural which is located in the lobby above the door to the Council Chambers. Marjorie White DeShazo was the artist for the Osage Beach Historical Mural which is located in the lobby above the elevator. It was featured in an earlier edition of The Direct Connection.

Tentative October


Oct. 7 -- Park Committee, 5 p.m.

Oct. 8 -- Historical Committee, 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 9 -- Court, beginning at 9 a.m.

Oct. 13 -- Public Safety Committee, 5 p.m.

Oct. 14 -- Waste Oil Committee, 2 p.m.

(Held at Public Works Bldg.)

Oct. 14 -- Planning Commission, 6 p.m.

Oct. 15 -- Board of Adjustment, 4 p.m..

(Meeting held if there are cases to be heard)

Oct. 16 -- Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 21 -- Jt. Sewer Board, 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 23 -- Court, beginning at 9 a.m.

Oct. 23 -- Transportation Committee,

5:15 p.m.

Oct. 28 -- Public Utilities Committee, 5:15 p.m.

Oct. 30 -- Halloween Haunted House,

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Oct. 31 -- Halloween Haunted House, Carnival and Dance, 5-10 p.m.

(Carnival ends at 8:30 p.m.)

Tentative November


Nov. 4 -- Park Committee, 5 p.m.

Nov. 6 -- Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 6 -- Court -- 9 a.m.

Nov. 10 -- Public Safety Committee,

6 p.m.

Nov. 11 -- Veteran's Day

City Hall closed

Nov. 12 -- Planning Commission, 6 p.m.

Nov. 18 -- Jt. Sewer Board, 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 19 -- Board of Adjustment

4 p.m.

(Meeting to be held if there

are cases to be heard)

Nov. 20 -- Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 20 -- Court, 9 a.m.

Nov. 25 -- Public Utilities Committee, 5:15 p.m.

Nov. 27 & 28 -- Thanksgiving Day & holiday; City Hall closed



Direct Connection

City of Osage Beach

Route 3, Box 4775

Osage Beach, Mo. 65065

City Hall Hours

Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m

Public Works Hours

Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mayor Jim Schneider

City Collector Lorraine Radenz

City Administrator Pat McCourt

City Clerk Diann Warner

Chief of Police............................................Jim McCart

City Treasurer Dale Klenke

Building Official Val Valent

City Planner Jeff Green

Asst. City Administrator Paula H. Hopkins


Ward 1

Robert O Keefe

Penny Lyons


Ward 2

Nancy Sheely

Dr. Charles Peterson


Ward 3

Dan Fry*

Garry Bartles


*Denotes President of the Board



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Karen Girdley, Editor

Lorie Kiso, Staff Writer and Graphic Artist