A proposal to build a causeway from an island to the mainland on the northshore is back on the agenda for the Miller County Commission.
During a recent public hearing held by the commission, the developers/owners of Isla Del Sol indicated that there has been an agreement with residents who own property where the causeway would connect with the shoreline. In light of that, they would like the commission to re-consider granting approval of a Community Improvement District to oversee the construction and maintenance of the causeway.
About 50 people attended the hearing held earlier this month, Despite the large crowd, few spoke out in opposition. Those who did were not necessarily opposed to the CID but were more worried about the traffic and maintenance of Lake Road W-12.
The support of the commission for a CID is crucial to the proposed causeway. Once the county makes a decision, the developers/owners would have to file a permit with Ameren for approval.
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 current owners/developers, it was known as Atlantis Island. Prior to being bulldozed for development, it was called Hawaiian Island for years by locals.
Past attempts to build a causeway between the shoreline and the island have failed. For the county, the concerns have been financial. A CID could resolve those concerns.
The proposed causeway, constructed of rip rap, would link the shoreline to the island, a distance of about 300 feet.
A CID is a financing mechanism that would allow the formation of a district. The district, once it is formed and has a board in place, could assess fees against the residents within the boundaries of the district for construction and maintenance of the causeway. The CID would run as its own entity, electing a board to make decisions.
Miller County Commissioner Brian Duncan said the developers/owners have set aside $100,000 in a special road fund to assure county officials that the county is not going to incur any financial responsibility for the proposal.