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The Village of Big Lake


City or Village?

In Missouri, villages are municipalities which incorporate a population under 500. If the population is larger than 500, it may incorporate as a city . If the population increases beyond 500 after incorporation, a vote may be held to change to a city government, but it is not automatic. Villages are governed by a board of trustees.

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Village Board vs BLIA

The Village of Big Lake Board of Trustees is the board of trustees that governs the Village of Big Lake.

Services the Village of Big Lake  municipality oversees: Water Service, Building Standards, Permit Issuance, etc.

In contrast, the BLIA is a non-profit association made up of volunteers who are residents and supporters of Big Lake. It is NOT a government entity and does not provide municipal services.


Current Village Board Members

Board of Trustees

Diana Phillips - Village Clerk

Richard Poland - Chairman

Rich McCann - Vice Chair

Randy Derry

Galen Curtis

Chris Phillips


Each member serves two year terms. Elections are staggered with three trustee seats being held one year and the remaining two seats the following year.

Big Lake is a village in Holt County, Missouri. The population was 156 at the 2011 census. The village is located on the 646-acre Big Lake which is the largest oxbow lake in Missouri. It is also adjacent to Big Lake State Park which has the largest marsh in a state park in the state of Missouri.


Board of Trustees Elections

Elections are held every April. You must be a full time resident of Big Lake and a registered voter in Holt County, Missouri in order to vote in this election.


When are Village Meetings?

Village meetings take place the first Tuesday of the month at the Village Building. The building is located at 481 Lake Shore Dr., Craig, MO 64437


Ordinances & Building Standards

All ordinances and building standards/permits fall under the Village of Big Lake’s purview. Contact the Village Clerk for building standards and ordinance information.


Diana Phillips - Village Clerk

Phone: 816-244-3892


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