Gravois Arm Sewer District

Gravois Mills, Missouri


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Feb. 28th 2012 Update

Posted by Jim Bresnahan on February 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Progress continues. Rozetta construction (contract 1 ) is laying pipe on Cook Rd. and is approaching 5-18. Work continues near Coconuts breaking rock. Ridge Hill Construction has the Tony's Point lift station in and has taken the treatment facility there off line. Crews continue to Bore and put in grinder stations on Tony's Point. The crews on Towering Oaks were working on the Gentle Slopes #2 lift station and getting ready to continue on to Cedar Point. The big lift station on Towering Oaks is in and ready for plumbing. Grinder stations are in and stored at the Ridge Hill yard. I have spoken to Doug Stanage, (Ridge Hill) and he has stressed the need to move quickly on grinder installation. If you have additional information about obstacles in your yards, please contact Kerry Metscher of Schultz and Summers Engineering. (573.286.2172). GASD continues to monitor the progress and looks forward to providing quality sewer service to customers on the Gravois Arm. Thank you for your patience. Dave Taylor, Chairman, GASD

Sewer Update Feb 8, 2012

Posted by Jim Bresnahan on February 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The weather today is chilly with a few snow flurries. The rain over the weekend helped settle the new pipe ditches. We, (GASD) are pleased with the rough finish over the laid pipe but want to remind future customers that what they see is not the finished product. Paul Irwin Construction of Laurie is the sub -contractor working on Tony's Point. Paul is digging on the SE side of the point and is up to Monica Bartels property. Ridge Hill Crews are working on Dunwanderin and have dug for the lift station and are laying the collector pipes along Sunset. Sterling Construction is in the Mais Maring area today. They should be ready next Monday to excavate the site for the Towering Oak lift station. A blast crew was necessary to break the rock today. The process to do that is daunting and very regulated. Collector lines have been laid in the following areas off Towering Oak Rd : Old Hickory, Gentle Slope Ln., Sunny Slope, Red Oak, and a portion of KS Rd. The grinder cans are still not here. They are plumbed with the ports, rails, and bases off site. We expected to see them last Mon. but no luck. Two higher horsepower pumps for the Tony's Point lift station are still on back order. A change was necessary to eliminate pumping twice. The sewage from the TP lift station, (no pun intended) will now flow directly into the main line above Blue Anchor Condos. The Millstone Townhomes should be the first on line as that system is a gravity line directly into the TP lift station. Rosetta Construction, (Contract 1) should finish clearing and begin pipe laying soon. The crews are very appreciative of the goodies baked by ladies in the area. Please be careful around the construction area. The guys in the red trucks are the inspectors on the job. If you have any questions or concerns, they are the ones to talk to or any GASD board member. Refer to the web site for phone numbers or email. Thanks, Dave Taylor, Chairman, GASD.

Jan. 31 Update

Posted by Jim Bresnahan on January 30, 2012 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The weather is cooperating. Crews are working in the Tony's Point area, South side of "O" road from Millstone to Dunwanderin RD., Triangle cove road, Towering Oaks Rd., Gravois Mills, etc. Crews are laying the collector system at the present time. Grinder stations are late arriving but should be arriving soon. Some work has been done on Eastwood Rd. with grinder and service lines. The lift station at Tony's Point has been set but the pumps have not arrived. We have observed that the crews are very courteous and respectful. It's amazing how they appreciate a wave, hello, or plate of cookies, especially in cold weather. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to join our web site, for further updates. Dave Taylor, Chairman, GASD



Sewer update Jan. 12th 2012

Posted by Jim Bresnahan on January 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

It's cold with 1" of snow on the ground. Contractors continue to be working. The collector line is in on Eastwood and Ridge Hill is currently working in Morning Sun. Triangle Cove Rd. area should be next week. The contractors are doing a good job of covering the trench but please be patient for the final dressing and seed and straw. Grinder Tanks will follow the collection system. Tony's Point is scheduled to begin the week of Jan. 16. The lift station at Millstone estates is being dug and will be delivered soon. The lift station on Towering Oak is scheduled to be delivered the week of Jan. 16. There will be large equipment in the area for placement of the lift stations. These stations are approx. 20 feet deep by 10 feet square and each section weighs 25,000 lbs. Please be patient and follow the directions of the road crews. Rosetta Construction has been clearing trees and brush North of the GASD plant and should be at Soap Creek soon. Please encourage your lake neighbors to sign up at our web site for updates.



Gravois Sewer begins construction of Phase III project

Posted by Jim Bresnahan on January 5, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Gravois Arm Sewer District Operations Manager Ray Metscher announced Monday that contractors would begin the Phase III Sewer Project on Tuesday.

Rosetta Construction began cutting brush Tuesday, Jan. 3, north of Kincaid’s former business in Gravois Mills, to prepare for construction. The same day, district contractors set up a staging yard at the end of Route O and began moving equipment, pipe and constructions trailers for the project.

New Phase III operations manager

GASD’s contracted Engineer Stan Schultz with Schultz and Summers Engineering introduced new operations manager Jim Fischer, who will run lake area operations for SSE.

New Phase III Project inspectors in place

Schultz reported three inspectors are ready as construction begins on the Phase III project. Bill Wheeler has been hired as inspector for Contract No. 1 and Kerry Metscher, along with Chris Davidson, are the Contract No. 2 and No. 3 inspectors. All three inspectors will be present for the duration of the Phase III project.

Sewer Construction Update

Posted by Jim Bresnahan on January 5, 2012 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Ridge Hill Contractors (contract 2 & 3) have indicated that they will be starting in the Tony's Point area , Eastwood, and Morning Sun first. The collection pipes will be going in first in these areas. Rosetta Construction (contract 1) has been stockpiling pipe and plans to be clearing brush South of Troutdale Rd. in Gravois Mills first.

GASD Board held a pre-construction meeting

Posted by Jim Bresnahan on December 15, 2011 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (1)

The GASD Board held a pre-construction meeting Dec. 13 with all the principals involved with phase 3. Present were: USDA/RD, MODNR, Schultz and Summers Engineering, Attorney Bill McCaffree, Contract 2 and 3 Ridge Hill Construction of Nixa, Mo, Contract 1 Rosetta Construction of Springfield, Mo, and GASD Board members. Contractors will begin to move in supplies and equipment to staging areas around the project. Construction should begin around the middle of January. Contract 1 (north of HWY P) is scheduled to begin at the WWTP and proceed North. Contracts 2 and 3 are scheduled to begin in the Tony's Point area.

Ridge Hill Construction plans to have 4 crews on the project and will be in many areas at the same time. Homeowners are encouraged to register at in order to receive updated emails about Phase 3 progress.


New GASD trustee approved

Posted by Jim Bresnahan on August 10, 2011 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Morgan County Commissioners approved the Gravois Arm Sewer District’s recommendation to appoint Steve Phalen as trustee.

Phelan will fill retiring board member Larry Leetch’s position. Leetch retired July 1.

Phelan lives on Sunset Road in Gravois Mills and is from Kansas City, Kan.

He retired from Southwestern Bell, now AT&T, where he worked in the construction department. One of the talents he brings to the board is the ability to read work prints similar to the ones the district engineers use. He also worked in the engineering department as a drafting clerk working with print drawings. He volunteered for 22 years as a high school and college baseball coach. He also worked on the baseball league board and was an associate scout for the Tampa Bay Rays, the Marlins and the Kansas City Royals.

Phalen’s first meeting as a trustee will be 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 5 at the district office.

DNR approves Gravois Sewer Phase 3;

Posted by Jim Bresnahan on August 10, 2011 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Department of Natural Resources has approved Phase 3 project plans and issued construction permits to the Gravois Arm Sewer District.

GASD Chairman David Taylor anticipates advertising for bids possibly by the end of this week, once legal issues with two lift stations are resolved.

The GASD Phase 3 project expects to connect an additional 530 customers. The district has been approved for $8.2 million in funding. Three contracts will be awarded to connect the end of Route O, including Tony’s Point, Millstone Estates, Dunwanderin Road, Triangle Cove Road, the Morning Sun Subdivision, Eastwood Road and the Towering Oaks Road area.

The project also includes taking the Gravois plant on Troutdale Road offline, and running a pipe out of Gravois Mills, along Highway 5 and connecting the South Elementary School. The pipe will then connect to the Harbor Hills plant.

Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar and Grill and the Lake Road 5-18 area is also included in the Phase 3 project.

“Since we got the green light to go to bid, things will start to happen,” Taylor said.

The next step for the project will be advertising for bids for thirty days, a public meeting, a meeting to let the contracts. According to Taylor, the contractors will have 30 days to start the jobs. Taylor expects construction to start in early October.

Minutes June 6th Gravois Arm Sewer District

Posted by Jim Bresnahan on June 13, 2011 at 7:44 PM Comments comments (1)

By Janet Dabbs/

GRAVOIS MILLS, Mo. ( -- The Gravois Arm Sewer District Board of Trustees “reluctantly” accepted the resignation of four-year trustee Larry Leetch at the June 6 meeting.

Leetch resigned due to health and personal reasons.

“It is time. I have enjoyed serving on this board and they have gotten a tremendous amount accomplished while I have been here,” said Leetch.

Taylor thanked Leetch saying the board appreciated his efforts and his wisdom over the past four years. The district will begin a search for someone to serve his unexpired term. Taylor is looking for three candidates for the board to interview. The board will then recommend their choice to the county commissioners for their appointment to the position.

“We are looking for someone who shares the same goals as we do; helping to clean up this area and preserve our natural resources,” said Taylor.

Persons interested in serving on the board are encouraged to call 573-372-0042.

Citizen concerns

Country Acres subdivision residents Van Roberts and Bob Olsen attended the meeting to inquire if their neighborhood could hook to the GASD Phase 3 project. There are 11 residents interested in becoming a part of GASD. A major roadblock to the Country Acres hook-up is that it would require Johnson Bay to hook up. Johnson Bay developer Chevron/Sierra, which constructed the current Johnson Bay treatment system, requested the district transfer the lines and the existing facility in order to hook up and be converted to a pumping station.

GASD would require the transfer of easements to provide maintenance and upgrading as needed to continue service.

Unfortunately, the Jefferson City attorney for the Johnson Bay Property Owner’s Association, Inc., and resident Bill Wolf, have a debt of approximately $280,000 for infrastructure, (presumably the sewage system)¸ and they would like that paid by the district.

“The district is in start-up mode and we are using all available funds to connect additional customers and cannot make such a payment,” Taylor said. The district has never paid to take over a system, according to Taylor.

The door remains open and the conversations may continue, Tatlor said, but the district must change its plans and therefore cannot assume responsibility and

provide service unless the developers are able to absorb the infrastructure costs.

Roberts asked the board if he could submit an alternative route to the subdivision that would bypass Wolf’s property. The alternative presented expensive problems due to a long steep climb of 500 to 600 feet, making it necessary to install a lift station at a cost of $75,000.

“This is unfortunate because we wanted to include this subdivision,” said Taylor. Taylor suggested having each of the subdivision homeowners sign a petition indicating their interest in hooking to GASD.

“We can take another look at it in a year or two as we go into the next phase, although the cost will be much higher,” said Taylor.

Roberts agreed to submit a petition.

Stan Schultz with Shultz and Summers Engineering suggested the board drop the customers who have denied easements and tell them the district will hook them up in the next phase. “We need to just hook up those who are ready and willing to go,” said Schultz.

Special meeting

The board approved the minutes from the special meeting held Wednesday, May 25.

A hands-on demonstration of a grinder pump manufactured by E-One was given. The board also approved district attorney Bill McCaffree to draft a letter to Johnson Bay resident Bill Wolf stating the districts position on taking over his sewer plant.

The board also approved the right-of-way easement between GASD and Russell A. Kassnick. The board discussed a petition from 12 homeowners in the Old-Hickory and the Sheldon Pointsubdivisions asking to be hooked to GASD in Phase 3. The board consensus was that it would be beneficial to the district to accept Sheldon Point to increase the district’s customer base.

Treasurer’s report

The board discussed customers with past due bills longer than 90 days: the total dollar amount is $53,305.20, including late fees. The actual amount of just sewer bills on the 90 day past due list is approximately $35,000. District secretary Karen Thornton has been working diligently contacting people to discuss possible payment plans. The board approved placing liens on five properties. The board voted to dismiss a bill on a foreclosed property.

District Manager Ray Metscher reported:

• The new pump at the Gravois plant is working well.

• The Gravois Heights Step tank pump became unscrewed off the discharge pipe. He making the repair the district truck got stuck in the yard resulting in the property owner submitting a complaint. The district is fixing the damages.

• The lab results in May were good. Metscher reported there is a lot of duck weed in the basin at the Harbour Hills plant saying, Missouri Rural Water Association suggested taking a sample below the weeds. The City of Laurie had the same problem and it died away after time.

• Metscher attended four homeowners meetings over the Memorial Day holiday.

• An electrical problem at the Pawnee station proved to be a broken wire belonging to a homeowner. The homeowner will pay for the repairs.

• The Silvermoon lift station had two issues that needed addressed. A&A from Linn Creek planned to come on Wednesday, June 8, to pump the grease traps at the Downtown Diner and Olive Branch. The station also had a very large leak in a joint; this will require repairs by Spray-Com. The board approved Metscher’s requested to investigate another option, which is the injection of a jell from the outside of the joint.

Engineers report

Stan Schultz with Schultz and Summers engineering gave the engineers report saying;

• The Phase 3 specification books have been delivered to theDepartment of Natural Resources, DNR, and the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, USDA.

• The time for bid letting is near.

• The environmental report has been approved by Lois East with USDA.

• Schultz explained the specification books color-coding system to the board.

• Schultz explained there are 166 grinder pumps mapped on the sheets.

Each pump has a lot number and all the plans have matching numbers showing which house it is serving and the elevation. This will enable the district to see the volume that is pumped by the use of different impellers and if there are concerns the impeller can be easily changed. Schultz said that different impellers give different service points and he wanted to get them right before they are installed.

• Schultz said McCaffree is working on easements and he will get the plans and specs and assure the conditions are complete.

• A contract is needed with the Special Eight Road District and county commission for road easement right of ways.

• The total customers for the Phase 3 sewer will be: 60 in contract one, 154 in contract 2, 145 in contract 3, 36 in Sheldon Point, 25 in Serenity Cove, 27 in Gentle Slopes, eight in Tony’s Point and 48 in Oklaterra for a total of 503. The USDA letter of conditions states the district needs 519 customers. Schultz said possible customer additions include; 12 from Old Hickory, South Elementary School has a population of 200 customers and it was only counted as one, Coconuts Bar and Grill is equivalent to 12 homes and the Harbour Hills are a possible customers.

• Soft starts need to be specified for utility companies.

• There is a provision in the contract for 10 spare grinder pumps and a portable generator. Electric for the pumps and generators also need to be added to the plans.

• The board agreed closure permits will be added to the contracts for the treatment plants on the permitted systems the district is taking over. The board approved Trustee Mike Kincaid’s requirement to totally defeat the permitted wastewater treatment plants the district is taking over in order to protect the environment.

• The board also approved adding a note in the drawing that every individual septic system is to be pumped out as the home is added to the GASD District attorney.

The board approved McCaffree and Schultz to meet to finalize easements and the documents needed to takeover connections. McCaffree will check that all easements are free and clear. Carrie Metscher will meet with property owners to communicate the plans.

The board approved McCaffree to send letters to each of the subdivisions to inform them of their intentions regarding whether or not they will be able to add them onto the Phase 3 project.

The board approved McCaffree to send a letter to the Sheldon Point and Old Hickory subdivisions stating GASD will bid their projects and if there are enough funds available they will be included in the Phase 3 project.

Due to the next regularly scheduled board meeting is scheduled for the Fourth

of July. The board will at meet 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 12 at the district office.