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  • Sunrise Beach Board rejects sewer plant purchase

  • In closed meeting Monday night, the Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees voted not to pursue one of its options for the second phase of its sewer system. The board voted not to purchase a sewer plant in the Route TT area.
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  • In closed meeting Monday night, the Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees voted not to pursue one of its options for the second phase of its sewer system. The board voted not to purchase a sewer plant in the Route TT area.
    Trustees had considered the plant in its initial phase - now nearing completion - but ultimately chose to get the wastewater treatment system going first in the south end of town due to economic interests from businesses there.
    The board considered the TT plant again in a recent work session on phase two, but while the plant had some advantages, there were uncertainties due to legal issues surrounding the plant.
    The main advantage of the plant was its location at the beginning of the Shawnee Bend area and that it already existed and is licensed through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which would have allowed the city to expand sewer more quickly.
    But the board has been exploring other avenues as well.
    In its preliminary engineering report, Schultz Surveying & Engineering put together four options that would all cost roughly $4 million and would extend service to property owners along the Highway 5 corridor in the central and northern parts of town.
    While the TT plant option did not work out, the city could expand its existing treatment plant on Hwy. 5 near the Hurricane Deck Bridge - purchased in phase one - or put a second small plant on the north side of town near Bear Bottom Resort. Sunrise Beach could also potentially contract with the Gravois Arm Sewer District to treat the effluent from the city's second phase by transporting the sewage to the GASD's plant off Route P via a force main to the nearest GASD line to the city.
    The final plan for phase two of the Sunrise Beach sewer has not yet been finalized.
    Meanwhile, the construction deadline for phase one is less than 30 days away.

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