The Village of Sunrise Beach has chosen an engineering firm to design its sewer system. Schultz & Summers Engineering (SSE) was selected by the board of trustees at a special meeting Tuesday, Dec. 20.


The Village of Sunrise Beach has chosen an engineering firm to design its sewer system. Schultz & Summers Engineering (SSE) was selected by the board of trustees at a special meeting Tuesday, Dec. 20.
The board made its decision after hearing proposals from SSE and Olsson Engineering last week. A possible grant from the Department of Natural Resources through a disadvantaged community fund had to be turned in before the end of the year for funding in 2012.
SSE proposed a plan to sewer the Highway 5 corridor - rather than just a segment - to provide a framework that can be expanded as needed and when fiscally feasible.
SSE owner Stan Schultz told that board that he could get the town what it wants as economically feasible as possible. He sold the company on his experience with public financing, citing over $100 million that SSE has helped bring to customers for such projects.
"I don't want to see stuff put in the ground that you can't pay for," said Schultz who also has a condominium in Sunrise Beach.
SSE planned to turn its preliminary engineering report in to DNR for review on Wednesday. Schultz will be meeting with trustees after the first of the year to discuss more details as well.
There is much design and financing work still ahead. Schultz estimated the village could be ready for construction this time next year.
Sewer has long been a topic of interest in Sunrise Beach as it has seen some of its most prominent businesses hit with fines and lawsuits from the state for violations of the Clean Water Act.
Businesses were the driving force behind getting a capital improvement sales tax and revenue bond issue to fund water and sewer systems. These utilities are expected to provide relief for the struggling businesses as well as perhaps give the village a booster shot for economic development.
SSE has offices in Lake Ozark, Branson, Poplar Bluff and New Orleans.