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OUR INFRASTRUCTURE

WATER SYSTEM

The city’s water system is made up of five basic components:
 

  • 2 wells; each over a thousand feet deep that pump over 2 million gallons of water per month.

  • Chemical treatment system.  Between the wells and storage tanks small pumps are used to mix chlorine and fluoride with the water.  The chlorine protects the water from getting bacteria in it.  Fluoride is a common water system addition that has been proven to have a positive benefit for bone and dental development.

  • 2 elevated water storage tanks (a 200,000 gallon tank and a 100,000 gallon tank).  These tanks hold the water once it is pumped from the wells to create water pressure and to ensure a steady flow of water.

  • An estimated 10 miles of underground pipes that distribute the water to homes and businesses throughout the city.

  • Water Meters located at each point where the city distribution lines connect to private service lines that supply individual homes and businesses.  These meters measure the gallons that flow to your house and are read every month by public works to determine usage at each location.

The city’s water system is operated under permit through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  Water samples are frequently sent to independent labs for testing to verify the water quality.  These results are sent to DNR every month. DNR also comes to Sarcoxie each year to inspect the water system.

The water system is financially maintained through fees based primarily on gallons of water used.  For more information on fees, click here.
 

DO NOT TAMPER WITH WATER METERS!
Water meters are very expensive and can be easily damaged.  Tampering with a water meter can also be a crime punishable by fines as well restitution if the meter is damaged.  If you need to have your water temporarily turned off, call City Hall and someone from Public Works will assist you as well as turn it back on when you are ready.  If it is an emergency, such as a pipe breaking, after normal business hours call the police non-emergency number 417-548-3500 and an on-duty police officer will assist you with shutting the water off and turning it back on when you are ready.
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SEWER SYSTEM

The City’s sewer system is made up of several components that transport waste from private properties to be safely treated:

Roughly 10 miles of sewer mains that connect to the service lines from houses and businesses and gravity flows to its final destination.  Along the way, there are over 300 manholes spaced between 100 and 500 feet apart that allow Public Works to access the sewer mains to clean them out and inspect them as needed.
 

  • Lift Stations.  In some parts of the city, sewer needs a little help to get wastes to where it needs to go.  In these locations there are underground systems that pump waste from a lower elevation to a higher elevation so gravity can take back over.

  • Lagoon Treatment System.  All wastewater that leaves private properties eventually end up at the city’s 3-cell lagoon treatment system for processing.  After being treated, the clean water is ultimately released into Center Creek for downstream use.

The city’s sewer system is operated under permit through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  Water samples are frequently sent to independent labs for testing to verify the proper treatment of wastewater.  These results are sent to DNR every month. DNR also comes to Sarcoxie each year to inspect the sewer treatment system.

The sewer system is financially maintained through fees based primarily on gallons of water used.  For more information on fees, click here.

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STREETS & SIDEWALKS

The City has over 20 miles of paved streets plus sidewalks within the city limits. 

Freeways are multi-lane highways that provide access between cities and other freeways.  Access points are highly controlled by a very limited number of intersections, a median, and access restrictions along the sides.  These highways are maintained by the State and designed for heavy traffic of all types at high rates of speed.

  • Interstate 44 is the only freeway that has direct connections to the city with a freeway entrance / exit point on both the east (Exit 26) and west side (Exit 29) of the city.

Major Arterial Roads move traffic across or through the city.  Access to major arterial roads can be subject to controlled access from collector streets and properties that front the road.  Major arterial roads intersect with collector streets and freeways but not local streets.  These roads are maintained by the State and intended for heavier traffic flows and commercial traffic with slow to medium rates of speed.  Sarcoxie has two major arterial roads:

  • Business Loop I44 is the primary east west route through the city.  Alias’ include High Street, Blackberry Road, and from 14th Street west to County Road 60, it is also called 37 Highway.

  • 37 Highway is the primary north south route through the city from High Street south to the Jasper/Newton County line.  It is also called 14th Street.

Collector Streets channel traffic between local streets as well as to major arterial streets.  Collector streets intersect with local streets, other collector streets, and major arterial roads.  These streets are maintained by the City and intended for slow speeds and heavier traffic flows and limited commercial traffic.  As a matter of City policy, collector streets receive preferential treatment on maintenance, snow clearing, sidewalks, etc.  Sarcoxie collector streets include:

  • 5th Street

  • 11th Street

  • 17th Street

  • Center Street

  • Joplin Street

  • City square

Local Streets allow access to residential properties and are intended to serve local traffic only.  Local streets intersect with collector streets, other local streets and in some circumstances major arterial roads.  These streets are maintained by the City and not intended for commercial use or high traffic flows.  The majority of streets within the city limits are local streets.

Sidewalks in Sarcoxie total almost 4 ½ miles and are maintained by the City and individual property owners.  

Funding for street maintenance is primarily from motor fuel taxes and based on the gallons of fuel sold in the city and the population.  

ICE AND SNOW ROAD CONDITIONS

The city typically experiences only 2 to 5 days a year in which ice or snow accumulates on the streets making travel difficult or dangerous.  Because of the limited exposure, as well as limited resources, the city has a limited inventory of ice and snow clearing equipment.

In the event of icy road conditions, the city will primarily focus on spreading salt at main intersections on the collector streets and on steep inclines. In the event of snow-covered roads, the city will primarily focus on plowing collector streets and other key streets that allow access around the city as well salting intersections and steep inclines as needed.

Unfortunately, the city is not able to clear driveways in the event that streets are plowed.  City Hall will try to collect information of private parties that will clear driveways either for pay or as "good Samaritans".

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