At a series of public hearings, last week, engineer Jared Wheaton, Schultz Surveying and Engineering, gave attendees an overview of Sunrise Beach officials plan to bring sewer service to the town.
The city has applied to the Missouri State Revolving Fund (SRF) for a low interest to pay for phase one of the project, which will include installation of 15,500 feet of force mains, 35 grinder stations and "one or two" lift stations.
Wheaton said the city has applied to the SRF for more than $6 million in 30-year low interest loans to pay for the project. He said by using the SRF the interest rate on the loan could be as low a 1.5 percent. He said the city also passed a capital improvement tax for the project and revenue from that tax would be used to supplement the cost of the project and to keep user rates as low as possible. Wheaton said in addition to installation of a treatment plant and the force mains and lift stations, phase one of the project would connect 39 residences and 37 businesses to the system.
Wheaton explained how installation of a sanitary sewer system would improve the health and safety of the town, and residences and businesses would be relieved of the need to pump and care for septic systems. Furthermore, Wheaton said, the system will provide economic impetus to the town by fixing a problem that has kept development to a minimum.
"Economic development along the highway (Missouri 5) corridor has been slow, partly due to the lack of sewer systems," Wheaton said. "The recent completion of the water system and construction of this proposed sewer project should be a strong catalyst to spur new growth in the area."
Wheaton went on to say that installation of a sewer system would help the town meet Missouri Department of Natural Resources goals for protecting the Lake from contamination from accidental sewage spills and run-off from over-used or defective septic systems.
Wheaton explained that the town has been in the planning stages for installing a sewer system for several years and have looked at several options. He said although a gravity system is the most economical system, because of the Ozarks terrain it is simply not possible and officials eventually decided that a system of force mains and pump stations was the only practical solution.
Wheaton went on to say that solutions for treating sewage collected by the system had also been discussed extensively and included options for pumping the sewage to a regional plant, the installation of a lagoon and the possibility of land application system, use of recirculating sand filters, a package plant and a delta pod expansion.
He said village officials had also considered connecting to the Gravois Arm Sewer District, however the DNR said that sufficient funding for that solution would not be possible. So after looking in the numerous options available officials determined that construction of an extended aeration treatment plant was the best solution for the town.
Wheaton said construction of the treatment plant will only disturb about one acre of land and the installation of force mains will only require a narrow strip of land in which to lay the piping. He said to begin the project the village was required to get clearance from a number of state and federal agencies including the State Historic Preservation Office, the Missouri Federal Assistance Clearinghouse, the Division of State Parks, the Division of Geology and Land Survey, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Wheaton said village officials hope to have phase one of the project completed by the end of 2013.
"IT is the primary focus of this project to make sewer service available quickly to those residents and businesses who need sewer," he said. "The same sewer lines will also be available to easily connect and adjacent homeowner or business who wish to do so. Usually, when sewer or water infrastructure becomes available, it opens up the area for growth, so the growth is obviously expected to be seen along the force main route."
Village officials completed the installation of a citywide water system earlier this year.