Preserve Our City & Natural Resources

UPDATE 7-15-2020 Hi all, I just wanted to reach out to let you know we’ve just passed 2,893 signatures on our petition! Thank you so much for your support! Will you help me to get more support by sharing this petition with ten other people? If enough of us sign we can’t be ignored! Here’s a link to share https://www.change.org/p/ozark-missouri-protect-springs-pre…

Remember Shaffer on August 4th, the only seat he needs is the toilet seat. He voted in favor of the annexation and he wants to be a state representative. Since so few people show up at the votes during the primaries,

HE WILL BE EASY TO DEFEAT
SAY NOT TO JASON SHAFFER on August 4th.

UPDATE 6-9-2020, Planning & Zoning Propose 8000 sq ft lots and up to 7 homes per acre. The planning and zoning proposed this on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. It appears these changes were proposed by Alderman Nate Posten. He voted no on the annexation but then decides to propose the smaller lot sizes but the smaller sizes only apply to undeveloped land. Tell Mr Posten what you think. aldermanposten@gmail.com 417-501-5193

ANNEX PASSES 4-2 – WE WILL FIGHT ON

So the annexation passed 4-2 Alderman Shaffer who is running for state rep figured the people who were opposed just didn’t understand or were afraid of change. He didn’t reply to my emails so he is full of himself. He doesn’t know the people he was speaking of. I should add they forgot all about the light pollution which delayed the vote More than 2000 signers of our petition. Keep Signing, we will continue the fight

NEW MEETING MONDAY June 1st 7 PM!!!

UPDATE- The annexation vote was tabled. The board will revisit it on Monday June 1, 2020. I will assume the meeting will continue to located at the OC.
The reason for tabling the meeting is the concern of “light pollution” from building so many homes and the street lights that go along with a development of that size.
BIG concern with the verbiage used by one of the developers. She stated “we plan to build single family housing, MOSTLY”. Key word mostly. I will take that as it’s a possibility the developers are looking at multiple housing units.

Let the Alderman know you DONT want this land to be annexed

Ted A. Smith Ward II 417-449-4064 aldermantedsmith@gmail.com
Bruce Galloway Ward II 417-582-2690 bruce@brucegallowaylaw.com Up For Reelection June 2nd
RJ Flores Ward I 417-425-3817 rjflores@arcstarelectric.com
Nathan Posten Ward I 417-501-5193 aldermanposten@gmail.com Up For Reelection June 2nd https://www.facebook.com/PostenforOzark
Jason Shaffer Ward III 417-450-9617 citizensforchristiancounty@gmail.com
Heather Alder Ward III 417-581-7665 heatheralder@yahoo.com Up For Reelection June 2nd

Governor Mike Parson (573) 751-3222
Congressman Billy Long (202) 225-6536
State Representative Lynn Morris 573-751-2565 Lynn.Morris@house.mo.gov
Ozark Mayor Rick Gardner 417-581-2407

Beautiful Freshwater Spring in the Area
Old Covered Bridge South of the Property

NEW MEETING MONDAY MAY 18th 7 PM!!!

The Board of Alderman WILL BE VOTING on the annexation TODAY Monday 5/18/20 7pm. Let’s show up and let them know we care about our environment.

MON, MAY 18 AT 7 PM CST Everyone should show up. or call city hall and get on the zoom call or send an email. The OC has room for at least 80 people with social distancing. They will take your temperature and you will not be allowed in if you have any symptoms of COVID 19. That leaves allergy suffers out. THEY WILL NOT OPEN THE DISCUSSION UP TO THE PUBLIC, Let them know this is bad for the community and it will be remembered on election day.

The City of Ozark decided its a good time to hold city hall meetings but want to do it on a limited basis for those without phone or internet connections. This seems to violate Missouri Sunshine laws since all citizens should have full access to public meetings. If you think this is wrong you should immediately file a complaint with the Missouri Attorney General and call Ozark City Hall at (417) 581-2407 ask for the city manager or email chodges@ozarkmissouri.org and complain as well.

Our understanding is the Board of Alderman chose to go forward with the meetings so feel free to complain to them as well. Their names and phone numbers are published here.

Ozark, Mo Natural Land Bridge

Ozark, Mo Natural Land Bridge
Natural Land Bridge Ozark, Mo

On Monday February 24th. The Planning and Zoning Commission Agenda had a “hearing” in regards to annexing some 384 acres in Ozark into the city. Annexation # 2020-477.  A few residents stood up and objected and the head of the commission said it was simply about annexing land and refused to answer any questions about its planned use.

Locations of the proposed annexation are provided on these two pdf files. 2000 – 3170 Block of South 6th Ave / Elk Valley Road and 3000 Block of South Selmore Road.

The board refused to answer any questions about what the intended use of the land was, said no environmental or traffic impact studies had been done, only that they could provide city services to the area. They also ignored any of our objections. It wasn’t a hearing, there was no testimony, there were no witnesses and all objections were simply ignored. Not to mention being annexed into the city of Ozark means property owners will have to pay more taxes because those properties will be considered inside the city limits of Ozark as opposed to those who live outside of the Ozark city limits who do not pay city taxes.

Now the citizens who live in the area, after being dismissed by the Ozark Planning and Commission Board are standing up to fight this decision. We are gathering signatures to have this stopped or at the very least limit the number of homes in the proposed area.

We have learned that the developer plans to put up to 5 houses per acre. This means a great deal more of traffic on Seymour, Elk Valley Rd, Business US 14 and Third Ave.

The land also has a natural land bridge that may have been used by Native Americans and there is a historical covered bridge in the area as well.

Laura Massey and Angie Serrano, are spearheading the campaign to prevent the annexation or at least allow local residents to have a say in what happens around their homes. Many of the neighbors in the surrounding areas have joined in to gather signatures.

There are two petitions that we are presenting to the city, one to prevent the annexation and one to set guidelines as to the number of houses per acre and to protect the land bridge and nearby covered bridge along with

We plan on presenting the petitions of registered voters at the next Board of Alderman meeting March 16th at 7pm. We need anyone who is interested in protecting and preserving Ozarks heritage and irreplaceable landmarks to attend.

Please Sign Both Petitions and join in on protecting our community.

You must be registered to vote in Missouri.

We NEED 500 Signatures ASAP

Petition One – Complete opposition to annexation

Property Owners: Tony & Roma Evans Trust, Roma Evans Trust; Tony & Roma Evans, Trustees; Tony & Roma Evans; Elk Creek Investors LLC; Natural Bridge LLC; Stone Meadow LLC; Stone Meadow LLC Location : 2000 – 3170 Block South 6th Ave

Opposition against Annexation #2020-477 at Location 2000-3170 of South 6th Avenue in Ozark, Mo

Petition for Opposition against Annexation
2000 – 3170 Block of South 6th Ave / Elk Valley Rd and 3000 Block of South Selmore Rd in Ozark, Mo

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Petition Two Approval of Annexation with Stipulations

 Property Owners: Tony & Roma Evans Trust, Roma Evans Trust; Tony & Roma Evans, Trustees; Tony & Roma Evans; Elk Creek Investors LLC; Natural Bridge LLC; Stone Meadow LLC; Stone Meadow LLC Location : 2000 – 3170 Block South 6th Ave

Petition for Approval of Annexation #2020-477 with Stipulations

Petition for Approval of Annexation #2020-477 with Stipulations
2000 – 3170 Block of South 6th Ave / Elk Valley Rd and 3000 Block of South Selmore Rd in Ozark, Mo

That the City of Ozark shall require any Developer and/or Builder to endure the preservation of the Covered Bridge and ]The Natural Bridge

Within 60 Days of property annexation City of Ozark shall require property owner(s) to clear and maintain blighted property. Property shall be continually maintained.

The developer shall pay all cost associated with required infrastructure improvements including but not limited: Improvements on South 6th / Elk Valley Road, Selmore Road, Old Prospect Road and any related intersection.

Homes Shall be a Minimum of 1,800 square feet on Minimum of One Acre Lot

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Historical Covered Bridge in Ozark, MO Near land to be annexed
Historical Covered Bridge in Ozark, MO Near land to be annexed

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Thank you to KY3 /KSPR & Francis Watson for taking the time to report on our efforts

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