The city of Lake Ozark adopted an entire new chapter into its municipal code that establishes a permit process and regulations for cell phone towers. The ordinance was in response to growing concern among Missouri communities that proposed legislation in the Missouri House and Senate will negate their right to regulate cell towers. Legislators and telecommunications companies maintain that cities’ existing planning and zoning regulations would protect cities’ interests. But Lake Ozark officials are not convinced the proposed legislation is in the best interests of their communities. Lake Ozark imposed a 90-day moratorium on cell tower permit applications last year, and then extended the moratorium in January. The 145-day moratorium is set to expire before the regular Feb. 25 board meeting, so city staff had city attorney Roger Gibbons draft the ordinance, which amends the city’s municipal code.