Friday, October 19, 2012

Sunrise Beach seeks citizen input on sewer; refinancing bonds for Hwy 5 widening

The Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees wants to hear from its constituents about their sewage.

The board has scheduled three public hearings to give the citizens of Sunrise Beach an opportunity to voice their opinion and ask questions regarding a pending Sunrise Beach Phase 1 Sewer Project. The three consecutive hearings are scheduled for 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19 at the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District No. 1 Administration Building. They will cover the following three topics:
  • The establishment of a user-charge wastewater system in the village.
  • The establishment of an ordinance regulating the use of public and private sewers and drains and providing penalties for violations thereof.
  • The environmental impact of and the need for a sewer system in the village. Schultz Surveying & Engineering will present an environmental impact report on the Phase 1 Sewer Project.
The Phase 1 Sewer Project will consist of an extended air sewer treatment facility, with a forced main that will run along Highway 5 from the Hurricane Deck Bridge north to Lake Road 5-39. The estimated cost of the Phase 1 sewer project is $2.2 million.

Engineers report

At the board’s Oct. 11 meeting, Jim Fisher, Lake Manager for Schultz Surveying & Engineering and Village Phase 1 Sewer Project Engineer, reported his firm is working hard to get the sewer project rolling. Fisher said he will have the specifications and tentative plans for the Phase 1 treatment plant by the November board meeting. He also announced Kerry Metscher as the head right-of-way manager. Metscher will work to get the necessary easements for the Phase 1 sewer project. Fisher and Trustee Charlie Bott are collaborating on two sewer ordinances to be presented at the public hearing.

Bond refinancing
In other business, Charlie Zitnik with D.A. Davidson & Co. attended the Thursday meeting to discuss bond refinancing. The board cleared Zitnik to draw up the necessary paperwork for the refinancing of the 2003 Certificate of Participation (COPS), along with paperwork for the financing of the Phase 2 Highway 5 widening project. The Phase 2 widening project will turn a section of Highway 5 into three lanes, from Lake Road 5-36 north to Lake Road 5-32, at a cost of approximately $600,000. The project is slated by the Missouri Department of Transportation to begin in 2013.

Zitnik reported the city is currently paying 5.34 percent interest on $50,000 payments annually. With the refinancing, Zitnik projects the interest could be lowered to 3.8 percent, over a twenty year period. “The savings are astronomical,” Zitnik said.

Board approvals
The board approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District. The city will forgive 10,000 gallons of water usage each month for training purposes. The district will pay the regular business water user rate for anything over 10,000 gallons.

The board also approved the low bid of $1,045 from Bartley Pump to seal and plug the village well.

The village issued a merchant license to the Pexco Company, LLC, and Impressions. The board also issued a liquor license to the Woods Super Market.

A media event is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, during which the United States Department of Agriculture will present loan funds in the amount of $104,000 to the village for the purchase of City Hall. The village is purchasing the building and less than an acre of land immediately surrounding the building from Village Attorney Greg Williams.

The board changed the November meeting date to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 as the regular meeting fall on a holiday.

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