Members of the Mozingo Advisory Board looked at three choices for the new monument sign being made by Indigo Designs, De Soto, KS, during its regular meeting April 17.

Pictured is one of the possible design choices for the Mozingo Lake Recreation Park sign.

All three sign styles featured a 20-foot vertical sign with a slight left-sided slant, which city administrators said represented the fact that most motorists would turn left into the park and make another left for park amenities. The sign will be installed on US Highway 136.

All three designs were similar with slight changes to the new hotel, Boulders Inn and Suites sign’s shape. Boulders will pay for half of the cost. Indigo presented more designs to city staff for consideration and no costs have been finalized. City staff will present the signs to city council for final approval.

City Manager Greg McDanel gave a conference center construction update to the board. The beams are all in place, the floor joists will be installed next week plus the storm boxes and storm drain tiles have been installed.

Workers will begin working on the curbs and the top three parking lots soon. During the second week of May, the driveway will be poured. They will not pour the lower parking lot until construction is finished in order to keep heavy equipment off of the concrete.

Emergency Management Director Christy Forney has been working with city staff to update the emergency action plan for Mozingo Lake Recreation Park. The document had not been updated since the 1980s. The action plan outlines procedures, identifies key personnel and provides phone numbers for natural disasters, dam breeches and more.

Members of the board discussed renewing their Community Assistance Program (CAP) with the Missouri Department of Conservation. The original agreement was active in 1992 and was a 25-year contract. During the past 25 years, the state has paid for the gravel entrance road, parking lots, a concrete boat ramp, fish cleaning stations, disabled-user access trail, floating fishing dock, a pavilion for MOERA classes and more.

City staff has identified the following items they plan to ask the state to fund if they reenter the contract. The list includes a breakwater shelter and pier, relocating the fish cleaning stations, asphalt overlay on the parking lot and drive into the state boat ramp and dock area, adding a kayak and canoe launch area on the dock, extending the pier in the beach area and other items.

Staff will bring a formal contract back to the board for approval. The contract would also have to be approved by the Missouri Department of Conservation board.