Volume XXI | June 2019
June 2019 News & Updates
If you have a photo you would like to share in an upcoming newsletter please tag @OzarkMO on Instagram with a caption and the hashtag #BeOzark or email spayne@ozarkmissouri.com.
June edition includes....
  • From the Mayor's Corner
  • 2019 Paving Projects
  • Q&A with Ozark's horticulturist
  • 7th Annual Adopt-a-class event press release
  • Ozark PD News and Updates
  • Ozark Employee Spotlight!
  • Upcoming Programs & Events

You can always find more information on our website at ozarkmissouri.com   and connect with us on our social media pages, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Nextdoor
Put on the brakes! Stop the car! Get out your smartphone and open up your calendar. Mark the weekend of June 21st and 22nd as a Friday-Saturday in Ozark you won't want to miss! This is the weekend of the Finley River Days at the Sertoma Duck Race Festival. Sponsored by Sertoma, Bass Pro Shops and the James River Basin Partnership, there will be more to do in the Finley River Park than you can shake a stick at. 

Starting Friday evening, there will be live music, kid's carnival rides, food truck park, beer garden, and craft and vendor booths. The grand finale that night will be the spectacular Children's Smile Center Balloon Glow. Come back Saturday and run in the 5K Duck Waddle, have a pancake breakfast in the park, enjoy the car, truck and bike show, take a paddle around the mill pond in a kayak or canoe, eat more food truck fare, wear the kids out on the carnival rides and then watch the duck race as your favorite rubber duck races to the finish line. If that isn't enough excitement for two days, stick around for Christian County's largest fireworks show. 
And you can stay in town to do this. Only in Ozark supporting children's charities. Making Ozark better every day. #BeOzark
I'll see you there.

Rick Gardner
City of Ozark Mayor
2019 Paving Projects
How do you know when summer is officially underway? For some folks it is that first 3-day weekend where we have a chance to reflect on and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. For some of us, this time of year is known as Decoration Day. Take a look at any of the cemeteries that are scattered throughout the Ozarks and you will see a plethora of flowers and decorations memorializing those that have gone before us. This is a time of year that provides us with an opportunity to honor those friends and family members that we just plain miss. Another indicator that summer is in full swing can be easily witnessed by traveling along any of our local streams, rivers and lakes. It is indeed boating season, and it doesn’t matter if you are at the helm of one of those floating monsters we commonly see on Table Rock or you are the proud owner of a more humble and versatile craft such as a kayak or canoe. No matter your vessel, we are truly blessed to have so many amazing streams and lakes on which to recreate when there is no better way to beat the heat. 

There are several other signs that demonstrate that summer is upon us. However, at your Public Works Department, we know summer is here when we suddenly have multiple infrastructure projects that must be completed prior to the end of those warm days and nights. This year we will tackle another ambitious paving and resurfacing program. On May 6 th , the Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the 2019 Paving Package. Thanks to our community's willingness to support repairing and replacing our local streets, the Public Works Department will be making significant improvements throughout Ozark. 

Each year the Public Works Department proposes a “base bid” and “alternatives.” This allows us to identify a specific area that we know will be accomplished during that paving season (the “base bid”) and depending on how the work is coming along and how the budget has been impacted we then begin to accomplish the “alternatives.” 
Your Public Works Department attempts to get the most amount of work accomplished that the budget will allow. No matter how much due diligence our crews do in an attempt to ensure that we are properly prepared to accomplish these projects, there are several unforeseen variables that can impact the overall scope of the project. Variables such as unsuitable soils, insufficient sub-base materials, lack of proper compaction and even weather can dictate the overall cost of the projects. It is amazing what you will find once you start digging out the streets in some of our older neighborhoods.

Site preparation has begun and these projects will begin to take shape over the coming months. Bingham Heights will be the first subdivision to see improvements. Once that is completed, we will work with Journagan Construction to re-mobilize over to the Sunridge Subdivision. (Pictured at the bottom).
We will do our best to keep the communities that will be impacted informed. Progress does come with a price, and sometimes a little inconvenience. So there will be online posts, community meetings and door hangers to notify the citizens that will be directly impacted. If you have a question, please feel free to call us or send us an email: 417-581-1702. We know that these projects can be noisy and messy, but when the cool winds start blowing again, we will be glad to know that we have done our best to live up to the mission statement our employees strive to abide by . . . Making Ozark Better Every Day!
So, the official beginning of summer can mean a lot of different things to people, but at your City’s Public Works Department, summer also means it is time to start paving!
Jeremy Parsons
Public Works Director
Q & A
Q & A this month is with our Horticulturist Lana Baysinger

Q: Why are just half of the flowerbeds in the square done?

We've decided to do this project in phases due to budget constraints, but we are excited to bring more flower beds to the square in our next phases. We are beginning with Church St. for the first part of the phase and branching out from there.

Q: When do you expect to get the other half of the beds done?

Since we are working in phases, once the budget allows we will begin working on the other beds which will surround the square and make it more beautiful.

Q: What kind of flowers are in the bed currently?

The flowers are meant to be low maintenance but aesthetically pleasing. We are changing over to a drip irrigation system as well for better efficiency. We've taken into consideration festive colors that will be more aesthetically pleasing which we will change out as the seasons switch. We want to ensure that these flowers require less resources. There is some of the best evergreen I've ever seen including Dwarf Firepower Nandina, Variegated Liriope, and Variegated Yellow Yucca. There are also submerged pots with plants and flowers in the larger landscaping beds to bring seasonal change in the landscape. With the submerged pots, changes in the season and dramatic color will highlight them.

Q: What is the goal in doing the flower beds and why should people be excited about them?

The past beds were too chaotic for such a beautiful square. The flowers needed to be more professional, classy and up to date without being loaded down by too many plants. Without the help of the Public Works team, the beds would not be possible. Public Works was the biggest support in doing this project. We have gotten really good feedback so far, and I love to beautify the city. 
Ozark Employee Spotlight
Jamie Dougherty, Front Desk Worker at The OC
Jamie Dougherty is a recent Missouri State University graduate and has lived in Ozark for two years now. While she is originally from Iowa, she moved to the area to attend MSU and for family. Some of her responsibilities as a front desk employee at The OC includes greeting guests, helping with memberships and providing information for all of The OC's activities. Her favorite part of the job is getting to know people from the community, helping families who just moved to the area, and seeing guests/members create bonds with one another at the facility. As for working in Ozark, Jamie really enjoys that everyone is friendly and cooperative and there is always a sense of unity among community members.
7th Annual Adopt-a-class Event
The City of Ozark hosted its 7th annual Adopt-a-class/Arbor Day/Tree City USA event on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. This event was not open to the general public. Since its inception in 2013, the City of Ozark has taken pride in the event’s indispensable opportunity for educating students. The students participating were able to experience different programs during this educational event which included learning about leaf identification, predatory birds, reptiles, participating in Stream Team and more. Accompanying the students for this learning process were local educators, the City’s very own horticulturist and other naturalists, conservationists and taxidermists.

For 2019, we divided the students up into 5 different groups which switched every 30 minutes. Stream Team consisted of students being separated into four different groups where they were able to net invertebrates and identify bugs after a 10-15 minute lesson by Carl Romesburg before each 30 minute session. The other groups were furs and skulls by the Missouri Master Naturalists, Woods Fork Outdoors Taxidermy, Predatory Birds and Reptiles in two different areas by the Dickerson Park Zoo and the Department of Conservation, along with the City of Ozark’s horticulturist conducting leaf identification with the students.

The event was hosted at The Ozark Community Center and Mayor Rick Gardner opened the event by reading the Arbor Day proclamation. Cindy Garner from the Missouri Dept. of Conservation was also there to present awards.

Below is a summary of what the day entailed not including some hidden surprises:

Students arrived by 8:45 a.m. with Mayor Rick Gardner’s Arbor Day proclamation following. Awards were presented by Cindy Garner followed by the City’s horticulturist planting seedling. The students were broken into groups by 9:30 a.m. and a series of programs took place. Each of the five groups rotated until every group had a chance to visit each station.

A lunch followed at 12:00 p.m. where we served students: grilled hot dogs and chips, cooked similarly to previous years. After the students meals were accounted for, the volunteers were served hot dogs, brats, chips and similar food items.
Christian County Library Update
For more information on event click HERE
Ozark Police Department
DATE OF RELEASE: May 17, 2019
SUBJECT: Interim Chief of Police

The Ozark Police Department’s Current Chief of Police, Tim Clothier, has accepted the position of Chief of Police for the City of O’Fallon, Missouri. Deputy Chief Justin Arnold will serve in the role as Interim Chief of Police while the City of Ozark works to fill the position of Chief of Police permanently.

Deputy Chief Arnold has been a member of the Ozark Police Department since 2005, working his way through the ranks of the department. Arnold has served in various assignments, including Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Support Services Division Commander and in November 2016, Arnold was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief. In that position, he oversees both Divisions of the Ozark Police Department, Professional Standards Investigations as well as numerous community engagement initiatives.

Deputy Chief Arnold earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Drury University and his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice/ Sociology from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Arnold is a graduate of the 8th Session of the Missouri Police Chief’s Charitable Foundation Command College. He is married and has three children.

For questions, please contact Samantha Payne, City of Ozark Public Information Officer at 417-581-7002 or at spayne@ozarkmissouri.com.
2018-2019 Command College Graduates
Lieutenant Kevin Boyce and Lieutenant Derek Hill graduated from the 9th Class of the Missouri Police Chiefs Command College on May 23, 2019. The 2018-2019 class was comprised of 19 representatives from different law enforcement agencies located across the State of Missouri.

The leadership program required the participants to convene one week each month between November 2018 and May 2019, lasting a total of seven-months. The Command College curriculum is designed to provide valuable leadership, management, and supervisory training for current and future law enforcement supervisors, commanders, chiefs and sheriffs. Congratulations Lieutenants Boyce and Hill!
Congratulations Officer Chris Hambrick!

Officer Chris Hambrick graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice at Central Christian College of Kansas, and recently enrolled in the Executive Leadership Master's program at Liberty University. Congratulations Officer Hambrick!
Upcoming Programs & Events
Ozark Community Blood Drive

Thursday, June 13, 2019
at The Ozark Community Center
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Please visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS and enter OZARKCC to schedule an appointment.
Sertoma Duck Race Festival
June 21-22nd
Finley River Park
For more information, click HERE.
13th Annual Hot Air Balloon Glow
Friday, June 21st
8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Finley River Park
For more information, click HERE.
James River Basin Partnership
Friday, June 21, 2019
5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday, June 22, 2019
12:00am - 10:00pm
891 North Riverside Road
For more information about this event, click HERE .
Night Swim
June 21, 2019
907 E Parkview
6:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m.

Free Swim Day
June 8, 2019
907 E Parkview
12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

To register click HERE
To register click HERE
Have a question you want answered?
What do you want to know?
We want to hear from you. Reply back to this email and let us know what
question(s) you would like answered. We may feature your question in our next newsletter.
Have your picture of Ozark featured in the newsletter!
The Ozark newsletter is taking submissions via hashtag on Instagram! Have a photo of Ozark you'd like to share with the community? Post it on Instagram and tag @OzarkMO with a caption and hashtag #BeOzark if you'd like it to be featured in the next newsletter.
Know someone who should be in the spotlight?
Nominate someone you know!
The official City of Ozark Newsletter is launching a new segment of the monthly newsletter! The Ozark Employee Spotlight will feature an employee who is living out the Ozark mission statement: “Making Ozark better everyday.” If chosen, they will appear in the monthly newsletter with a photo and an introduction to who they are and how they help make Ozark better. We are looking for submissions to help us show-off all the great Ozark employees who make this city a fantastic place to live in.

Do you know anyone who would like to be in the spotlight? 
Email brookep@ozarkmissouri.com with why you think this employee makes Ozark better.

The employee must meet these qualifications:

·  Be a current, verified employee in the City of Ozark
·  Ages 16+, if under 18, guardian must fill out a photo release permission slip

If chosen, the employee must provide:

·  Answers to a specific questionnaire which will then be written into an accompanied news story for the newsletter
·  Able to send in an HQ photo of themselves
City of Ozark| 417-581-2407| ozarkmissouri.com