Friday, October 29, 2010

Gravois Arm Sewer District Funded $8M for Westside Service Expansion

By Janet Dabbs/ -

Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:16 AM CDT

GRAVOIS MILLS, Mo. ( - The Gravois Arm Sewer District has received funding to launch Phase 3 of service expansion. The funds are slated to extend sewer service to customers in the Millstone Condominium area, Red Hollow Road, and Towering Oaks area, including Tony’s Point, Pistol Point, Triangle Cove, Coconuts, Lake Road 5-18, Done Wanderin Road and the Morgan County R-III Elementary School.

GASD received loan funds of $5,009,000 and a grant of $2,064,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Other funding includes a $1 million Environmental Protection Agency grant and $68,550 from a USDA Rural Business Enterprise grant

“I am very excited that GASD has received the additional funding to expand because they are in an area where they have many of the older septic systems. GASD is working towards our long term plan of moving septics off the lake,” said Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance Director Donna Swall. “We are enjoying a very wonderful healthy Lake of the Ozarks right now, but many of our older folks are getting ready to retire to the lake full time and many of those to older homes with outdated septic systems. Our studies point toward needing a long term septic plan for the lake area and this is right in line with that plan.”

The existing Millstone Condominiums pumping station will be changed to discharge to the recently completed GASD treatment plant located behind the Gravois Mills VFW. The system will also pick up the Serenity Cove treatment plant and other waste in the area. The system will provide 882 users and serve a population of 5,303 residents. GASD currently serves the town of Gravois Mills, Blue Anchor and Millstone Condominiums, Old Eight Road and Route P subdivisions.

“This project is very important to GASD’s ongoing quest to extend sewer to its customers. Once this project is complete the “backbone” of the entire system will be complete and smaller neighborhood projects will be able to be constructed as additional funds become available,” said Stan Schultz, Principle Engineer for the project, of Schultz & Summers Engineering.

According to GASD manager Ray Metscher, the next step will be to obtain the necessary easements and meet all the requirements of the letter of conditions. They will go out to bid, wait 30 days, and construction should begin within 30 to 60 days.

“We are glad to be moving forward. This is something that should have been done 40 years ago,” said Metscher.

The district is shooting to begin work March 1, 2011.

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