A full house is expected at the Miller County Courthouse in Tuscumbia on Sept. 7 when the commission holds a public hearing for the Isla Del Sol development's proposal to build a causeway.
The proposal is expected to draw support for and against the construction of the project and the proposed financing mechanism.
The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the commission office.
Presiding Commissioner Tom Wright said the hearing will give all those involved an opportunity to voice their concerns about the proposed causeway and the Community Improvement District being discussed as the funding mechanism.
Known as Isla Del Sol, the condominium development is not accessible by land. It is served by a ferry service that runs to and from the shoreline at the end of Lake Road W-12 on the north shore of the lake in Miller County. Prior to being taken over by Rockwood Bank, of Eureka, the development was known as Atlantis Island.
Past attempts to build a bridge between the shoreline and the island have failed. Miller County, along with resource agencies, such as the Missouri Department of Conservation and Ameren Missouri raised objections.
For the county, the concerns have been financial. Miller County officials have opposed a bridge, saying they couldn't afford to maintain it, and Ameren Missouri had taken the position that without a governmental agency to back up the bridge plan, the utility wouldn't approve permits.
The bank has proposed construction of a causeway instead of a bridge, and this time, the proposal may get approval. The causeway would be constructed using rip rap and span the 300-feet from the end of the road where the ferry docks.
The bank has filed a request for a Community Improvement District. A CID is a financing mechanism that would give the bank the ability to form a district, impose a tax assessed against the residents with the boundaries of the district and use the funds to pay for construction and maintenance of the causeway.
Ameren Missouri will make a final decision on the permit for the causeway once all other agencies and the county have signed off on the project. One of the requirements before taking a final look at the permit was the need for a public hearing.
Past attempts to build a structure linking the island with the shoreline have drawn heated opposition from nearby residents about property rights, traffic and road maintenance. The most recent proposal for the causeway and CID have prompted some residents to construct a sign near the development opposing the project.