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  • DNR grants water study funds

  • The Village of Sunrise Beach has received a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to study the extension of its water system to residential neighborhoods in and near the municipal boundaries.
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  • The Village of Sunrise Beach has received a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to study the extension of its water system to residential neighborhoods in and near the municipal boundaries.
    The $50,000 grant comes through DNR's Water Protection Program.
    According to Sunrise Beach planner Roger Corbin, a number of small subdivisions will be part of the preliminary engineering study including Ambrosia Ln., Castle Gardens, Lucky Strike and other areas within the city off of Beachwood Drive (Lake Rd. 5-35) that are in need of water and sewer service.
    Ten homes on Ambrosia Ln. are currently part of a petition to be voluntarily annexed into the village.
    The stated intent has been the need for sewer service, but users must be connected to the water system first for metering capability. Sunrise Beach ordinances also require users to be within the village to receive either service.
    The first phase of construction for a wastewater treatment system is underway this winter to serve the southern part of the Highway 5 corridor in Sunrise Beach.
    Two phases of construction have already installed a drinking water system along the entire Highway 5 corridor area of the village.
    Though there was no opposition, the Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees recently tabled the Ambrosia Ln. annexations after village attorney Greg Williams recommended changes to the city's standard agreement for voluntary annexations to reflect the additional services now starting to be offered by Sunrise Beach.
    Williams advised the trustees to narrow some of the definitions in the agreement to include what municipal services can be expected as well as how and when those services will be provided.
    The Sunrise Beach Planning Commission was given the task of reviewing the agreement and possibly creating 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.
    With the subdivisions' interest in service known for some time, Sunrise Beach officials had already started the grant process with DNR to begin planning extensions into these areas.

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