A set of annexations by the Village of Sunrise Beach along Ambrosia Ln. have been put on hold while city officials review the annexation agreement.

A set of annexations by the Village of Sunrise Beach along Ambrosia Ln. have been put on hold while city officials review the annexation agreement.

Village attorney Greg Williams recommended the board of trustees consider changes to its standard agreement for voluntary annexations to reflect the additional services now starting to be offered by Sunrise Beach.

Two phases of a drinking water system are in place, serving the Highway 5 corridor area of the village. The first phase of construction for a wastewater treatment system is beginning this week to serve the southern part of the Highway 5 corridor in town.

Williams advised trustees that they consider narrowing some of the definitions in the annexation agreement to include what municipal services can be expected as well as how and when those services can be provided.

The board decided to table the Ambrosia Ln. annexations for clarification on the issue.

The Sunrise Beach Planning Commission will review the agreement and possibly create a development plan to give property owners interested in annexation an idea of when water and sewer services could be expected and whether any special financing, such as through a Neighborhood Improvement District, would be required.

The village is currently applying for grants to help fund the extension of utility services into neighborhoods.

Outside of concern over the agreement, there has been no opposition - from either P&Z or at the public hearing held by the board of trustees - to the proposed annexation of 10 residential properties on Ambrosia Ln., located off of Kula Bay Drive near the Hurricane Deck Bridge.

The stated intent by property owners on Ambrosia Ln. for seeking annexation was to get sewer service.

One of the city's goals in expansion is to offer affordable water and sewer services to residents in the area.

Other village news

• The board voted to purchase a portable breathalyzer for the police department by spring. It is estimated to cost around $500-$800. While the portable unit will not be admissable as evidence in court, William said it would allow officers to more quickly determine whether or not to take a suspect to a fixed unit for testing.

• A request for qualifications (REQ) will be advertised for an engineering firm to develop the next phase of sewer. The village is required to advertise an REQ by DNR.

• The board is having Williams review the legality of paying the supplemental to Medicare of retired employees after a request by Connie Stadler, the village's long time city clerk who is retiring soon. Trustees expressed concern over using tax money to help a non-employee buy health insurance indefinitely. Stadler does get retirement benefits through the city's participation in the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System. The issue was tabled.

• The board approved a new policy for new employee background checks and drug tests.