The office building directly to the east of Camdenton City Hall is losing one of its current tenants and the owner of the property has to make improvements in order to rent out the soon-to-be unused space.

Camdenton officials are hoping the approval of two water and sewer infrastructure agreements will expand city limits for future growth and possibly bring another business to town.

The unrelated project ordinances were unanimously approved by the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night, though both remain in the initial planning stages and will eventually need further approval by the City for code regulations.

Earlier this month, local developer Morgan Bullock notified the Board of FR Holdings, LCC’s intention to relocate the WinAir HVAC & Plumbing wholesale supplier store that currently resides on N. Business Route 5 across the street from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church to the northern southwest intersection of Business 5 and Highway 5 and 7.

Plans call for a 15,000-square-foot warehouse and showroom that also features a 2,400-square foot plumbing showroom and the addition of electrical supplies sales. An agreement was struck by the two parties for a voluntary annexation of the property contingent upon connecting to city water and sewer lines with the developer fronting the cost of the construction.

The concepts of annexation and constructing infrastructure for future growth at the intersections of Highway 5 and 7 were also included in the city’s comprehensive plan and Hancock noted that he has used this approach in the past to assist actual and future development. Though it doesn’t appear Camdenton has ever used what the city administrator described as an “internal TIF” or public improvement agreement.

“All of the risk is on the developer. The developer proposes to extend water and sewer collector lines to the city’s area and then dedicate them to the city. This would allow future water and sewer access to future development in the area,” Hancock wrote in a staff memo. “The city would reimburse this cost to the developer by providing 1/2 of both the General and Special Revenue sales tax generated in the annexed area. The city would keep the remaining 1/2 plus the full amount from the transportation sales tax.”

According to Bullock, the business would generate approximately an additional $100,000 in sales tax revenue annually and the proposal under consideration reimburses the developer approximately 37 and a half percent until the infrastructure is paid for and then turned over to the city.

Hancock said Bullock would be responsible for acquiring all easements and the city wouldn’t accept the annexation unless the infrastructure was completely built to its specifications and regulations.

One property owner was in attendance and asked the Board several questions related to the project. Tyler Bishop said he owns two pieces of property nearby, outside of city limits, and has also considered connecting to city water and sewer.

Bishop wondered where exactly the connecting lines would be made and whether or not the placement would be conducive to additional development in that area.

“If they ran the route I’m thinking through the woods and down the state highway, I see no room for growth for the city or city limits on N. Business Route 5,” he said.

City Administrator Jeff Hancock said that decision was up to Bullock’s engineer and there are several options and routes available that would allow for future additional connections from nearby properties.

“We can’t really comment ’til we see those plans,” Hancock stated.

New business?

The office building directly to the east of Camdenton City Hall is losing one of its current tenants and the owner of the property has to make improvements in order to rent out the soon-to-be unused space.

Ken Peters said building standards were constructed in the 1990s for use by the State of Missouri Probation and Parole and an addition was added onto the back, but that section has no running water or sewer lines.

Probation and Parole, at one time occupied the entire building, but condensed over time, leaving open space for the Missouri State Highway Patrol to operate a license testing facility a couple of days of week.

“They’ve (MSHP) now pulled out and the state doesn’t have any other agencies that are compatible with probation and parole,” Peters told the Board.

The situation leaves 3,073-square-feet that Peters requested be connected to the City’s sewer line that runs behind the City Hall lift station.

“The only way really that I can think about renting — I do not have a tenant in mind at the moment, and I would probably not do any remodeling until I did have a tenant in mind so I could build to their specs — but in the meantime to even promote the property, it has to be rentable,” Peters explained. “I need a sewer line.”

The agreement states that Peters will be responsible for ensuring the buildings meets all city codes and regulations, replacing any damaged city property and will also be required to pay the minimum sewer fee for usage of $9 dollars a month.

Specific engineering plans will have to be approved by the City and Director of Public Works Bill Jeffries.

“I can’t really present a plan at this time. I wanted to know we are able to do that before going out for bids. The big picture is everything would have to abide by the code,” Peters concluded. “I can and will be more specific at that time.”