Low bidder for Oronogo sewer line replacement project provides bond, Aldermen approve contract

Replacement of an major sewer line in Oronogo will proceed now that the lowest bidder for the project has submitted a bond to ensure the job is done.

The Oronogo Board of Aldermen on Monday approved a contract ordinance with Justin Best Construction in the amount of $212,126.

The larger sewer line will be installed between Central Street and the east lift station of Ivy Road. It will replace a once-adequate line that has become a bottleneck because of all the new housing on the east side of the city.

Also, board members took another final step leading up to advertising for bids on a project to increase the capacity of the entire system. They approved an ordinance paying Tom and Patty Gamble $2,500 for a portion of their property on the north side of Ivy Road.

Mayor Charles Wilkins said after the meeting that he is waiting on the purchase of one more piece of property that’s necessary for the project.

New Center Creek 201 agreement approved

As Webb City and Carterville city councils are expected to do, the board approved a new agreement regarding ownership and management of the Center Creek 201 Wastewater Treatment Plant. As Wilkins explained, the agreement combines previous agreements and provides a method for other cities to become part owner of the plant.

In other action, the board:

• Approved the purchase of two new water pumps at a cost of $13,419 each from Alliance Pump & Mechanical Service, of Independence, Mo.

• Designated a Charger police car as surplus rather than spend $5,500 to replace the engine.

• Approved Jared Prater’s request for a fence variance at his house at 2244 S. Greystone Square.