Oronogo Aldermen to prioritize new streetlight locations

Aldermen in Oronogo were tasked Monday by Mayor Charles Wilkins to identify locations in the city’s three wards that most need streetlights.

The issue was raised recently when a resident requested a streetlight be placed on Grant Street where it is crossed by the Ruby Jack Trail for security concerns.

Tony Cantrell, superintendent of public works, noted that the same area is also a school bus stop.

Mark Lloyd (1st Ward) said he already has a priority list for streetlights.

City Attorney Derek Snyder submitted draft language for an ordinance regulating short-term rentals.

Wilkins had previously mentioned he had been in discussion with home owners regarding whether the city will allow short-term rentals, such as those advertised on the popular Airbnb site.

Snyder left it up to board members to determine if they want to regulate short-term rentals or not.

The board agreed to first send the matter to the Planning and Zoning Committee.

In other action, the board:

• Heard Steven Slavings, 107 Redbud Lane, say he and his neighbors are concerned about restoration of their lawns following installation of the new sewer line this summer. Wilkins asked the neighborhood for continued patience because the drought made it impossible to plant grass. He said the board will not make final payment to the contractor until the lawns are replaced in the spring.

• Renewed the city’s contract with the Joplin Humane Society even though the cost per animal has increased by $8.62 to $63.70. After checking with the Carthage Humane Society, Police Chief Steven Weaver said the best option is to stay with the Joplin Humane Society.

• Approved payments for the ongoing sewer improvement project to G&G Construction ($307,631) and Allgeier Martin engineering ($14,361).