Infrastructure 'done,' time to focus on Oronogo parks

Bob Foos

Oronogo Mayor Charles Wilkins on Monday stated that he intends to turn his focus to parks improvement.

Now that the city’s infrastructure projects have been take care of, he said “it’s time to see what we can do for the parks.”

What Wilkins was alluding to is that the city is finishing up its major, multi-year sewer improvement project. In recent years, it has also built two detention ponds to inhibit flooding. And public works is no longer responsible for distributing natural gas because Spire has purchased and recently taken over the system.

The council approved Wilkins’ appointment of Kathy Crews to the Park Advisory Board, which has been inactive lately. Kima Francis (3rd Ward) is the council’s liaison to the park advisory board.

Annexation approved for additional housing

The council approved an ordinance annexing two acres on the north end of County Lane 228, which is on the south side of Highway 96 and east of County Road 230.

Josh Dykstra requested the annexation and said he plans to add more housing there. Houses on the south end of County Lane 228 are already within the city limits.


In other action, the council:

• Approved the purchase of a 2023 Chevrolet Silverado, with additional equipment, at a cost of $71,156 from state-contract dealer Ed Morse, of California, Mo. Knapheide Truck Equipment, of Jefferson City, will supply more equipment so it can be used as a dump truck with snow plow, at a cost of $50,310.

• Voted to surplus a Ford Interceptor SUV with police equipment.

• Accepted the resignation of Mark Lloyd from his 1st Ward seat on the board. Wilkins said he thanks Lloyd “profusely for what he’s done for the council. But work comes first.” Lloyd’s resignation was necessary because his work hours have changed to conflict with council meetings.