The Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting Tuesday to choose a definite plan for its ongoing sewer project to submit to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The village board needed to move on the issue in order to get its plans to the DNR to try to get funding this year.
Trustees approved the option recommended by its project engineering firm Schultz & Summers.
This option would utilize an existing private sewer plant on what is now Dave Buehler's property at Sunrise RV Park. With the funding that is available, Sunrise Beach officials are planning to extend the collection system from the wastewater treatment plant near Forsen Park Rd. to Lake Road 5-39. The city plans to have the plant expanded as well as having an additional flow equalization tank constructed to handle the estimated flow.
It has been estimated that the entire Highway 5 corridor in the village would produce about 50,000 gallons of flow per day.
Negotiations are still in play for the treatment plant, according to Sunrise Beach chair Curt Mooney.
The approximately $1.9 million budgeted for this project, which is being billed by officials as phase one - includes the village obtaining title of the plant, its expansion, the equalization tank and the collection system.
According to the SSE report to the village, this option was found to be the best obecause it would provide a positive cash flow with reasonable rates with a timeline that is realistic for obtaining the necessary DNR permits, funding and service by June 2012 to the proposed supermarket. It would also meet the need for a workable wastewater treatment system for Captain Ron's Bar & Grill and possibly Sunrise RV Park and other businesses in trouble with DNR.
The board decided to move forward with a smaller plan in order to get the project going as it has a tax increment financing proposal from Associated Grocers to bring a large grocery store - possibly Woods - to the intersection of Routes 5 and F, according to Mooney.
As soon as the facility plan is approved by DNR, the village plans to gain interim financing to begin construction. It would then be reimbursed later through the DNR package of a low interest loan and grant.
In the meantime, he said the board would continue to work on details of phase two, which would extend the service further along the Highway 5 corridor and would more likely be funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development instead of DNR.
Other options considered by Sunrise Beach officials included a new treatment plant built by the village on Lake Road 5-41 (Deer Valley Rd.) or contracting with either the City of Laurie or the Gravois Arm Sewer District for sewage treatment. The Deer Valley Rd. and Laurie options were not found to be feasible as the higher expense would have created a negative cash flow, according to the SSE report.
Page 2 of 2 - Too much time would have been required for the GASD option to be found workable. The SSE report states, however, that it holds the best opportunity for completing a total Village solution in the future as it would eliminate the long-term need for the village to invest in its own treatment plant.
If an agreement were reached with GASD in the future as the Sunrise Beach system expanded, the plant at Forsen Park Rd. could be converted into a lift station with all effluent being pumped to the GASD treatment facility on Route P near Gravois Mills.