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  • Engineering firm selected for sewer project

  • The Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees have selected an engineering firm to begin designing the next phase of sewer for the town and hope to get hit the ground running on the project.
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  • The Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees have selected an engineering firm to begin designing the next phase of sewer for the town and hope to get hit the ground running on the project.
    Schultz Surveying & Engineering (SSE) was chosen after the village received qualifications from seven engineering firms.
    The proposals represented companies from both the lake area and around the state.
    Board members indicated they wanted SSE largely due to continuity. The firm designed phase one of the wastewater treatment system, which is currently under construction. The company has a local office in Lake Ozark and can more easily be on hand to meet with city officials.
    Trustee Larry O'Dell said he preferred to "stay the course" with SSE.
    The board appears to be making decisions with the intent to fast-track full implementation of sewer in the village as many residents and businesses in the area express a need for wastewater treatment.
    The board authorized Chairman Curt Mooney and Trustee Charlie Bott to negotiate the contract with SSE in order to get the firm working on the project quickly.
    SSE Lake Ozark Operations Manager Mike DeLong, P.E. said the city needed to meet with U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development officials as soon as possible.
    The farm bill recently passed by Congress will provide Rural Development with money for loans and grants on projects such as sewer in Sunrise Beach.
    "We need to get in line as quickly as possible," DeLong said.
    While the original outlook for phase two sewer in Sunrise Beach was just for a sewer line extension and possibly a plant expansion, recent developments have suggested that a whole new plant may be needed sooner than anticipated.
    As the first phase of sewer has gotten underway along Hwy. 5 in the southern stretch of the municipality, residential neighborhoods surrounding the city as well as commercial development to the east of the city have expressed interest in getting help with wastewater treatment issues. The north side of town has also expressed interest in getting sewer extended to the area.

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