Wastewater treatment facility signing
Friday at Gainesville City Hall, papers were signed that will launch the beginning of construction on a new $2.45 million wastewater treatment facility. City clerk Lisa Goodnight, seated right, said paperwork, grant applications and other pre-construction work on the project have been in process for seven years. Mayor Gail Reich, seated, left, said the new facility is necessary to meet stricter regulations enacted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. It will be constructed on the site of one of the present wastewater-treatment lagoons south of town, and residents should not notice any changes in the city system as work progresses, she said. The project is funded by grants and bonds, with no increase in rates for residents. In addition to Reich and Goodnight, those present for the signing also included (standing, from left): Mark Dethrow, USDA Rural Development; Tim Hancock, Smith & Edwards Construction Group of Mountain Grove; local consulting engineer Dan Israel; David Cavender, James Kolbe and Jeff Meadows, all with Archer-Elign Engineers of Rolla; Gainesville city counsel member Lyndell Strong; city attorney Jessica Blackburn; and city counsel members Rocky Sullivan, Treva Warrick and Lee Bowen.