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  • Sunrise Beach water system gets partial grant/loan

  • The Village of Sunrise Beach will be bringing drinking water to more Westside residents with a successful grant and loan application with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for four small distribution extensions of its system.
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  • The Village of Sunrise Beach will be bringing drinking water to more Westside residents with a successful grant and loan application with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for four small distribution extensions of its system.
    The financing package for the projects will be 75 percent grant.
    "The policy of DNR is to extend municipal water systems to as many users as possible," Sunrise Beach planner Roger Corbin commented. "Our ordinances say extensions must be done on a strictly user cost basis, so the grant will make it a lot easier for the city to do residential projects."
    Residents of the subdivision will still have cost upfront to have the system installed in addition to their monthly bills for usage, according to Corbin, but the cost to get the extension will be much less for them than it would have been without the grant.
    Ambrosia Lane, Castle Gardens, Lucky Strike and another subdivision in the city yet to be determined will be served by the extensions. While Ambrosia Ln. was recently annexed into the city specifically to get water and sewer services, Castle Gardens and Lucky Strike are outside village limits.
    According to Corbin, the homeowners associations for these subdivisions are in the process of getting signatures on the petitions to start the annexation process after having approached the city some time ago about getting water and sewer services.
    The fourth subdivision with the current city limits is undetermined because the city is still configuring the layout of the extension to best reach the most residents who want or need service while avoiding as much as possible those who don't, said Corbin.
    Subdivisions in the area needing water service typically have small community systems that are failing for various reasons, according to Corbin, such as bad well pumps, shallow shared wells with possible contaminated groundwater or old pipes that are leaking and causing low water pressure.
    Additionally, the water system extensions will also improve fire protection as hydrants for these subdivisions are part of the plan.
    The total project cost is an estimated $564,475 which includes a contingency reserve of approximately 10-15 percent.
    But the price tag to the small municipality for adding approximately 50 households to its water system will be just a $141,119 low interest loan from the state.
    Sunrise Beach is receiving a $423,356 grant from DNR's Very Small Community Fund which helps communities serving a population of 3,300 or less. The board submitted its application for the program in February 2014.
    The village was able to get 75 percent of the project funded with a grant due to its status as a "disadvantaged" community.
    The sewer project being done this summer was also 75 percent grant for the same reason.
    Page 2 of 2 - A community is considered disadvantaged when more than 51 percent of households in the entire community have an income that is less than the median household income for the area. In the case of Sunrise Beach, the MHI is approximately $24,500, according to Corbin.
    It should be noted that the grant and loan from DNR is an initial award and has the potential to go higher. The board submitted a second application that included the initial projects as well as more money for other residential areas within the city. DNR is currently reviewing the other application and could amend the award for a larger amount.

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