A new member has been appointed to the Gravois Arm Sewer District board of directors as the district gets phase 4 underway and begins looking at phase 5 of construction.
John Heather was appointed by the Morgan County Commission on March 8 to replace Jesse James who had moved out of the district.
According to information provided by GASD Chairman Jim Bresnahan, Heather is a retired civil engineer with more than 40 years of professional engineering experience.
Heather is the scoutmaster for Boy Scout Pack 138 in Laurie.
His expertise will be a welcome addition to the Board and the District, noted Bresnahan.
Other GASD trustees include Dave Taylor, Ron Hodges and Bob Bebermeyer.
With the receipt of funding from UDSA Rural Development, Heather is jumping in as planning for Phase 4 of construction by the district is underway.
Phase 4 will connect Millers Rest and Shady Oak subdivisions on Highway O, and subdivisions past the intersection of Magnolia and Grey Eagle Roads, and Kenrow subdivision on Highway P, according to Bresnahan. Engineering and right-of-way easements will begin shortly.
Actual construction will probably begin in late summer, according to Bresnahan.
USDA Rural Development loans are funding approximately $1.732 million of the project. A grant of $681,000 with the district adding 70,000 dollars completed the financing package.
Because of the size of the preliminary plans for phase 3 - 300 additional customers - the district had to cut back to only getting 150 new customers on line.
With the legwork of phase 3 now underway, though, the board is starting to look at phase 5, which will be the 150 potential customers cut out of phase 3. The district is getting ready to submit for a state matching funds grant for the preliminary engineering. It would be an 80/20 grant with the district supplying 20 percent of the engineering costs, if awarded the grant.
With the departure of its previous engineer, the board of trustees solicited 19 engineering firms for a new firm to proceed with the design and implementation of Phase 4. Multiple firms submitted responses and the board in conjunction with its general counsel, selected Jared Wheaton, Shoreline Surveying and Engineering, LLC to be the District's engineering company.
Wheaton has extensive familiarity with the district having been involved with the prior engineering company which guided Phase 3. Wheaton's firm will also be involved with Phase 5 which will continue the portions of Phase 4 not funded in Phase 4.