The Village of Sunrise Beach took another step in its path towards a wastewater treatment system.

The Village of Sunrise Beach took another step in its path towards a wastewater treatment system.

The board of trustees held a legally required — but poorly attended — public hearing Nov. 19 on issues related to the sewer, including alternative engineering solutions, the estimated user charge rate and the environmental impact of the proposed system.

SSE engineer Jared Wheaton, P.E., presented more detailed information of what phase one of the system will entail.

The sewer is both a health and safety issue as well as a tool for economic development, he said.

With many failing or poorly operating small systems or onsite septic tanks near the lake, this wastewater treatment system will help safeguard water quality, according to Wheaton, by funneling sewage to a centralized collection facility operated by certified staff.

Sewer and drinking water utilities are also a catalyst for business development, Wheaton said, which is something that has been lacking along Hwy. 5 in Sunrise Beach for the last several years.

Lack of infrastructure is one of the common hindrances to development, he said.

With the water system installed throughout the Hwy. 5 corridor, the sewer is anticipated to be an "avenue of expansion," Wheaton added.

Construction is estimated to begin in early spring if not before and be finished by the end of 2013.

User rates have not yet been set.

These fees will pay back the 30-year low interest loan of approximately $2.5 million from the State Revolving Fund; MDNR has extended Sunrise Beach a $6 million line of credit through the SRF for the wastewater treatment system. The village's 1/2-cent capital improvement sales tax can also be utilized to pay on the loan to help keep user rates down.

Phase one

• The collection system will run along Hwy. 5 from Lake Rd. 5-39 to the Hurricane Deck Bridge.

• A force main will carry sewage to a treatment facility at Captain Ron's Bar & Grill.

• A pressurized main line was chosen rather than gravity feed due to the varying terrain of the Ozark hills.

• An old treatment plant at the collection site — which will be under an acre of land — will be taken out and replaced with an extended aeration plant.

• The system will be designed and licensed to meet the environmental requirements to discharge into a nearby losing stream.

• Seven clearance requests from state and federal agencies — outside the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources, which does the actual licensing — are needed and have been acquired.