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The City of Ozark generally has about 105 full-time employees. We also employ another 100-150 part-time employees, mostly with the Parks and Recreation Department.
Please contact City Clerk Chandra Hodges at (417) 581-2407.
The irrigation backflow assembly for residences is due by May 30th
An annual test is the only way to know whether a backflow assembly is operating correctly. Our Backflow prevention program ensures water distribution system remains safe.
It also is required by The Department of Natural Resources. Community water systems must have backflow prevention in accordance with 10 CSR 60-11.010.
Backflow is the unwanted reversal of flow in a water distribution system. Backflow occurs due to backpressure or back-siphonage and allows non-potable substances to enter a public water system through an unprotected cross-connection.
Backpressure occurs when the pressure in a building’s plumbing exceeds the pressure in the water distribution system.
Backsiphonage occurs when there is a partial vacuum (negative pressure) in a water supply system, drawing liquid from the non-potable source into the water distribution system.
You can find more information https://dnr.mo.gov/print/document-search/pub0393
An annual test brings deficiencies to light. Backflow prevention protects public water systems from contamination or damage through cross-connections located in customer facilities. Backflow prevention is typically achieved by placing a backflow prevention assembly between the customer and the public water system. This is called containment backflow prevention.
A state-certified backflow tester must test your backflow assembly annually. Many landscape companies are state certified.
If your Backflow Assembly fails the annual test, you must make any necessary repairs or replacements and have your system retested within 15 days.
The state-certified inspector should turn in the test results within 30 days of the report. We suggest retaining a copy of these for your own records.
This is a major revitalization effort within the western limits of the Historic River District. Over five thousand. three hundred feet (5,300’) of water main and two thousand, sever hundred feet (2,700’) of sanitary sewer main are being installed to replace the aging infrastructure located in Bingham’s First Addition. The goal is to provide better domestic water service and fire protection, while at the same time repairing sanitary sewer problems that have existed for over two decades.
Please follow this link to sign up to receive updates about this project; https://form.jotform.com/230656594092058
The project will start in March and is set to be completed by the end of December 2023
Construction will occur primarily Monday through Friday. Crews will typically not be working during weekends, or during downtown special events. Some night work will be required to mitigate negative impacts and avoid prolonged disruption of service. Any weekend work or night work will be communicated to the public in advance.
Your utility services will only be affected when switching over to the new infrastructure. All new utility services will be performed in coordination with owners and residents to avoid prolonged service interruptions. Some of this work may need to take place overnight to mitigate negative impacts to your service. Crews will communicate with residents to ensure a successful project
Your vehicular access will only be impacted for limited amounts of time. Crews will communicate and coordinate with residents to ensure that residents can park near or within their driveway at the end of each working day
City crews will be working with the postal service to relocate your mailboxes to an accessible location outside of the construction zone. Deliveries from providers such as Amazon, UPS, etc. will continue throughout the construction project.
City crews will be working with our contractors to provide more details as the logistics of the project unfold. Project updates will provide more specific information and detailed projected impacts which will be communicated via social media, email updates, and informational material provided to the residents.
City staff will be providing residents with door hangers, project information sheets, and personal updates throughout the project. Additionally, if you would like to sign up for regular email updates, please do so by calling Public Works at 417-581-1702 to provide your contact information. If you would like to sign up online for updates, you can use the following link to provide us with your best method of communication throughout this process.
As the project progresses and work zones are identified, staff and the contractors will be communicating with the Republic Services to ensure that trash service can occur on the regularly scheduled day. Please keep all trash cans off the rights-of-way until the day of trash service. This will help ensure that our contractors can easily access the utilities and increase our overall efficiency.
Residents can help by parking all vehicles in your driveways and avoid any on-street parking. Ensuring access to the city rights-of-way will be critical to increasing our overall productivity.
This is the first phase of a major revitalization effort in the Historic Downtown. Over eight thousand feet (8,000’) of water main and three hundred feet (300’) of sanitary sewer main are being installed to replace the aging infrastructure located in our Central Business District. The goal is to provide better service and fire protection, while at the same time preparing the Downtown for future revitalization.
Phase I of the project will consist of replacing the existing water and sewer infrastructure. The project started August 17th and is set to be completed by early February 2021.
Crews will typically not be working during weekends, or downtown special events. Some night work will be required to mitigate negative impacts and avoid prolonged disruption of service. Any weekend work or night work will be communicated to the public in advance.
Your utility service will only be affected when switching over to the new infrastructure. All new utility services will be performed in coordination with owners and residents to avoid service interruptions. Some of this work may need to take place after hours to accomplish.
City Staff has been working with the contractor in an effort to minimize the negative impacts that does occur during the construction project. Progress comes with a price, and sometimes that price does cause some headaches. However, we have a contract that limits the amount of parking spaces that will be obstructed during construction. We structured this contact in this manner because we understand the importance of maintaining available parking. Additionally, we will be working closely with the Historic River District, local business owners and community stakeholders to ensure that as construction moves forward we mitigate any unnecessary parking issues.
Once the water and sanitary sewer improvements are completed, the City will begin working on major roadway and pedestrian improvements. Final plans for Phase II will go out to bid in April of 2021.
The City of Ozark's budget is cyclic in nature and begins January 1 through December 31. Departments budget a year in advance, and the budget is updated quarterly to ensure proper administration. The next year's budget must be planned by department heads and the city administrator, accounted for, and approved by the Board of Aldermen a year in advance.
The current tax rate for the City of Ozark is 8.35%. The City of Ozark receives a total of 2.375% from that percentage.
It’s from taxes. We have no other way to generate taxes. Living in Ozark and not paying taxes to support local services by shopping on line is like not supporting your local businesses or your community. On-line shopping is the way most local citizens shop and by doing so without collecting local taxes for those purchases.
If you look at the information above you will see the proposed exterior elevation and inside floor layout for the proposed Public Safety facility. I don’t believe you will find any areas of wasted space. We were very careful to not over build at this time but to design what was needed to move us into the future with the ability to expand only if and when we need to as no doubt Ozark will continue to grow just as the need for public safety services. We focused diligently on designing a public safety facility that would achieve maximum efficiency thus enabling us to provide the best service to the citizens of Ozark. I feel confident in saying we do not currently have buildings that are “over built” but certainly have buildings that are over utilized and reaching their maximum capacity. Even in the case of The OC we have found a use for each and every area within that facility.
Square Footage of Current PD - 4,500 sqft.
Square Footage of Proposed PD – 23,000
Population of Ozark 2000 - 9665
In 2012, press reports described Ozark as the fastest-growing city in Missouri. 2010 census.
Population of Ozark 2020 – 21,976
Through the City’s focus on infrastructure improvements and economic development we have been able to recognize increased sales tax revenue. These additional revenues are being generated mainly from the Highway 65 corridor businesses which primarily serve out of state traveler’s. The new Capital Improvements proposed for the Police Department including Facility, Officer, Fleet would require an additional $1.5-$1.75M annually which is far more than the moderate increase to the 1cent general sales meaning we could not implement the Public Safety Improvement Plan outlined on our website.
Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure. The Department of Revenue doesn’t keep track at this point. However, Nixa (which is similar in size) generated approximately $500,000 in 2018 the first year they had a Use Tax.
The Local Use Tax will be effective on the first day of the second calendar quarter following the Department of Revenue Notification. Based on that it would be effective or start collecting on April 1, 2023.
Yes, a number of our neighboring cities such as; Springfield, Nixa, Willard, West Plains and many more. There are more than 230 cities across Missouri that have established a Use Tax.
"This month I would like to take the opportunity to talk about the growing needs of our Ozark Police Department. Did you know that the Ozark Police Department’s female officers, do not have their own locker room or changing area? The Ozark Police Department has outgrown its facility. As the city population increases, so must our police presence to maintain the same level of policing we have all become accustomed to. The City of Ozark has seen a 17.7% population increase over the past decade, with estimates showing a 3.2% population increase this year alone. To meet state and national recommendations for our current population, we must hire ten or more officers. Our current police facility does not provide adequate accommodations for the 35 officers we now employ." - Mayor Bradley A. Jackson, Ozark's Newsletter September Issue
The Mayor touches on just one of the many growing needs our Police Department faces, a new facility. A new facility would give our award-winning police department the much-needed space to do more in-house training and community outreach.
Voting takes place on November 8, 2022.
The deadline to register to vote, and be able to vote on the Local Use Tax for Public Safety is on October 12, 2022.
You can register to vote online at https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register
You can find that information here, https://voteroutreach.sos.mo.gov/PRD/VoterOutreach/VOSearch.aspx
The Grubaugh Pool is open (Weather Permitting) from May 25 - Aug, 21. Dates are subject to change.
All parties are 2 hours long. After the 2 hours have elapsed, your party must exit the party room.
You may arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your party to set up. If you need more time, please get in touch with the events coordinator to rent additional time if available.
We do not provide a host. Our concessions/party staff will set up and clean up between parties. However, you are the host of your party. You are responsible for supervising your party.
Pool Parties: There is always a minimum of two lifeguards on staff in the pool area. They are trained and certified through the American Red Cross.
Party rooms include; tables, chairs, and white tablecloths.
You can bring in your own food, beverages, and paper products. No glass, alcohol, confetti, or pinatas are allowed. Balloons are allowed but must remain in the party room.
No glass, alcohol, confetti, or pinatas are allowed. Balloons are allowed but must remain in the party room.
All parties must be booked through the event coordinator- the front desk cannot book parties.
You can reach our event coordinator at 417-581-7002 ext. 2009 or email email@example.com
Day passes can be purchased for $6 for children/seniors and $8 for adults who wish to swim or use the facility after the party time has elapsed. Passes can be purchased at the front desk.
To request a copy of an incident report you can come by the Ozark Police Department, located @ 201 E Brick St, Ozark Mo.,or call us @ 417-581-7914, Fax us @ 417-581-8804, or email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org. The following information is necessary: your name, telephone number, address, location of the incident, date of the incident, case number of the incident if you have it and a valid email address.
At any given time there are officers on the street, available to respond to calls for service. The Police Department counts on the citizens of Ozark to alert us to unusual situations. Any time someone calls, a dispatcher will take the information, ask questions, decide what or whom to send, and assess the urgency of the call. Each call for service will be handled, though obviously the higher priority calls may be taken first. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency calls, please use (417) 581-6600. The Ozark Police Department encourages all neighborhoods to form neighborhood watch groups. Watch groups provide extra eyes and ears in our neighborhoods. Contact one of our Crime Prevention officers for further details on starting a watch in your neighborhood.