The city of Rockaway Beach broke ground on its $1,885,685 sewer revitalization project Nov. 29 at its regional wastewater treatment facility on Boys Camp Road.
The Taney County Commission approved the use of Taney County Sewer Sales Tax funding for the capital improvement project during the commission’s Nov. 26 meeting. The project was also approved by the Taney County Regional Sewer District Board and the Rockaway Beach Board of Aldermen.
The city of Rockaway Beach went out for bid on the revitalization project in August. The $1,665,685 bid was awarded to McClanahan Construction Co. in September on the recommendation of Toth & Associates, the engineering company in charge of the project for the city.
Toth & Associates, designers on the project, was awarded $220,000 for construction phase engineering services and oversight on the multi-million capital improvement project expected to take at least one year to complete.
Rockaway Beach Mayor Rex Wood spoke to the crowd of about 30 people who attended the groundbreaking event at the facility. Wood thanked everyone involved for making the project a possibility.
Wood said the revitalization of the wastewater treatment facility is a legacy project for the city of Rockaway Beach and something for its residents to be proud of. Wood said the city wouldn’t be in the position to take on such a project without the help of many.
He said the city’s board is committed to making sure Rockaway Beach is a good steward of the city’s infrastructure and taxpayer funds.
In 2016, the city came under fire with state and federal agencies for lack of compliance with government regulations. In the wake of the problems, the city hired Ozark Environmental Services (OES) to operate the wastewater treatment facility.
The Taney County Commission assisted the city with ½-cent sales tax funding for repairs to help the city meet compliance regulations The commission, along with other agencies, has supported the city in its efforts to revitalize a facility that’s design has been problematic for decades.
The Rockaway Beach Treatment Facility services the city of Merriam Woods, the Village of Bull Creek and will also provide services for the county’s multi-million-dollar Venice on the Lake project once it’s completed.
Revitalization of the facility will modernize the mechanics of the facility in an effort to provide maximum efficiency not only control costs of operation but also to provide longevity of vital infrastructure for the surrounding communities.