Capital Improvements

The Boone County Regional Sewer District has an ongoing Capital Improvements Program (CIP). 

Capital Improvements Program or CIP – a History

The District's first CIP was written in 1991 by A.C. Kirkwood Engineers. This plan was updated in 2002 by Archer Engineering. The latest CIP Plan was written in 2007 by Ponzer Youngquist, P.A., Inc. and Delich, Roth & Goodwillie, P.A.

The CIP studies were conducted in conjunction with campaigns to go to the voters for bond authority to fund the improvements. Bond issues were passed in 1997, 2003 and 2008. The District currently has approximately $21 million in bonding authority to fund the CIP.

In order to keep financing costs as low as possible, the District has funded its CIP through the State Revolving Fund (SRF) and Direct Loan Programs, Missouri Department of Natural Resources' (MDNR) low interest loan programs for public utilities. The 2009 bond closing included an ARRA grant of approximately $1 million.

Download a list of bond closings and projects funded by those closings >

Since 1991, the District's CIP has focused on integrating its systems with each other or with the City of Columbia in order to eliminate sewer facilities in Boone County. The water quality of the creeks and streams is better protected by reducing the number of sanitary sewer treatment facilities that discharge into the creek or stream. Over the years the District has closed seventeen lagoons – Jerry Morris, Ashby West, Meadow Lake, Bearfield, Gregory Heights 1 & 2, Frank Stanton, Leisure Hills, Old Plank 1 & 2, Walnut Brook, Fairway Meadows East & West, Prairie Meadows, Gaslight Acres, El Chaparral and Rollingwood – and ten wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) – Cedar Lake, Rockbridge Estates, Water's Edge, the Woodlands, Walnut Brook, Boone Industrial Park, Lake of the Woods, Concorde Estates, Otscon and Sunrise Estates.

Since the passage of bond issues in 1997 and 2003, four existing wastewater treatment facilities have been upgraded to operate as regional facilities – Clearview, Shaw, South Route K and Prairie Meadows. Regional facilities allow for the upgrade or elimination of both public and private facilities and prevent the construction of new decentralized treatment facilities by providing treatment capacity to serve new development in the area.

2007 CIP – A Response to new regulations

The current Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) conducted in 2007 by Ponzer-Youngquist Consulting Engineers and Delich, Roth & Goodwillie Engineering describes improvements at a cost of approximately $21 million to be completed by 2013. Most of these projects are mandated by changes in water quality standards, specifically the disinfection rule that must be complied with by December 2013. The study also considers proposed regulations scheduled to become effective in the near future such as stricter standards for nutrient removal.

The 2007 CIP updates the 2002 plan and identifies a schedule of costs to improve twenty systems that should be compliant by 2013 and ten systems that are outdated and need renovation or replacement. The Sewer District has many old and antiquated facilities that were inherited from homeowner's associations and developers in the 1980s. The sewer district has been able to provide adequate levels of treatment with these systems, but many are now in need of replacement.

The $21 million worth of improvements described in the CIP involve three strategies:

  1. Removal of several existing treatment facilities by connecting with regional facilities.
  2. Construction of a regional facility to allow for the removal of several existing facilities.
  3. Treatment improvements to existing facilities.

The study assumes that each project will take three years to complete - the first year to design, the second year to acquire land and easements, and the third year to construct the particular project. In the study the costs for each individual project are also spread over three years. The first year identifies engineering costs. The second year estimates the costs of land and easement acquisition and the third year construction costs. The total cost per year identifies the amount that the Sewer District should plan to borrow in order to finance the next round of projects.

Download the CIP schedule of projects and estimated costs >

The first round of projects identified in the 2007 CIP is complete. The second round is underway and described below. The projects currently under construction are being funded by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Loan/Grant. The grant matches the District's expenditures dollar for dollar thereby reducing the debt for these projects by fifty percent.

2013 Update of Capital Improvements Plan

The BCRSD staff is working with HDR Engineering on an update to the BCRSD’s 2007 Capital Improvement’s Plan and to consider other long-term needs of BCRSD. The recommendations of the plan will be used to plan financing of capital improvements and user charges to fund those improvements.

The 2013 plan will also include a Tier 2 Plan for privately owned wastewater facilities located in unincorporated Boone County. Tier 2 plan recommendations are to be used to help privately owned facilities become a part of a centralized wastewater system.

Current CIP Projects Under Construction

The District submitted a Wastewater Economic Recovery Funding Application via the Transform Missouri program established by Governor Nixon. Five projects with an estimated total cost of $1.9 million were included in the application. The combination American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Direct Loan and Grant was closed in December 2009. The District borrowed $924,700 through the MDNR Direct Loan Program at an interest of 1.4 % and received an ARRA grant of $924,700.

Projects currently under construction are listed in the navigation bar to the left. Click on the project name to find out more about it.

CIP Projects in the Design and Easement Acquisition Phase

Download the CIP schedule of projects and estimated costs >