The Lodge of Four Seasons will have to wait until Dec. 17 to find out if its request for voluntary annexation into the Village of Four Seasons is accepted. A 14-day public comment period is required after a public hearing Wednesday, Dec. 3, to give the public an opportunity for input.

The Lodge of Four Seasons will have to wait until Dec. 17 to find out if its request for voluntary annexation into the Village of Four Seasons is accepted. A 14-day public comment period is required after a public hearing Wednesday, Dec. 3, to give the public an opportunity for input.

There were no written or oral objections to the annexation petition during the hearing at Village Hall.

However, Village Clerk Tom Laird read two letters of support from Lake Regional Water and Sewer Co. and Imperial Point resident George Neville. Neville said he’s always considered the Lodge to be a good neighbor to the Village and an asset to the lake community.

The annexation petition was filed with the village in November based on a major renovation project planned by the Lodge. If Village Trustees agree to the annexation, the Lodge would then qualify for special financing through the Missouri Clean Energy Act. Part of the Lodge is already in the Village of Four Seasons, and the annexation would bring more land including the Avila Condominiums, Season’s Bay lodging and a small area of rental units along the shoreline.

Peter Brown, Jr., whose family owns the Lodge, told trustees Wednesday that the Lodge has faced some operational challenges due to the facility’s age, and now plans “the largest investment in the Lodge in a long time.” Some of the mechanical equipment is 50 years old, Brown said, and the Lodge wants to become better stewards of energy use by updating its mechanical systems, windows, sliding glass doors, lighting and assorted energy-related systems.

After the annexation hearing, Village trustees voted unanimously to join a statewide Clean Energy District and to allow the state to issue bonds to the Lodge as part of a Green Community Program. Doing so opens the door for the Lodge to seek special funding for energy conservation efforts.

Once the annexation is approved, the Lodge will seek Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for energy saving upgrades and retrofits to their property.

Brown said engineers estimate energy savings of up to 30 percent once the improvements are made. He said the renovation project, which will start in a few weeks, involves energy-saving upgrades and general improvements to the lodge’s rooms and facilities. The PACE funding is only available to projects that involve energy upgrades. The rest will be funded through conventional means.