Governor Jay Nixon signed off on a bill that would aid the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission’s efforts to construct the East Locust Creek Reservoir in Sullivan County. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with General Manager of the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission Brad Scott:
Press Release from the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission
On Monday, July 11, 2011, Governor Jay Nixon signed into law HB 89 which contained legislation establishing a Lake Authority. The legislation was written and sponsored in the Senate by Senator Brad Lager with Representative Zach Wyatt providing leadership in the House supported by Representative Casey Guernsey.
The Lake Authority law will: 1) Enable the control over activities that prove to contaminate the Reservoir, 2) allow landowners to continue to own property nearly to the water’s edge, 3) reduce the amount of acres that must be acquired and, 4) create the ability to create a Tax Increment Financing District that will direct revenues back into the lake project from private development and investments (without any tax increase).
|Bobby Williams, Chairman of the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission, said, “The Lake Authority Legislation is a multiple win for all of us in and around Sullivan County. It creates a very large tool that we can use to construct the East Locust Creek Reservoir and remove ourselves from living under the threat of drought.”
Sullivan County has an acute water shortage that will only be alleviated through the construction of a water reservoir. East Locust Creek Reservoir will be 2,235 acres of water, sitting on approximately 4,300 acres of land. It is designed to be a regional water source and can produce 7 million gallons per day.
“We are appreciative to have the Governor’s support and we are indebted to Senator Lager and Representatives Wyatt and Guernsey for their active leadership and effective advocacy. This is a giant step forward for the Reservoir. The law provides a mechanism that can be employed to make the dream of the East Locust Creek Reservoir, a reality,” said Brad Scott, General Manager of the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission.
He added, “The Commission is in the midst of placing a bond on the market, we’ve formulated a land acquisition strategy and our land acquisition team is working on appraisals. As soon as we have money in the bank, we’ll start purchasing land. Once the land is purchased, we’ll put the Lake Authority Law to good use for the people of Sullivan County. We are not crossing a mountain, but a mountain range of challenges, but we have not stumbled yet, thanks, in large part to the many who have stepped to the fore to support us, not the least of which are Senator Lager and Representatives Wyatt and Guernsey.”