Oronogo gets closer to sewer upgrade with  final easement signed

Oronogo Mayor Charles Wilkins announced at the Board of Aldermen meeting Monday that the final easement necessary to proceed with of the long-awaited sewer system upgrade has been obtained.

The project has been re-engineered and rerouted since the original design resulted in bids deemed too expensive. 

That sewer upgrade is especially needed now that some 700 new houses are set to hook on to the system within the next few years.

The board approved by ordinance the performance bond for Schuber Mitchell Homes to build 22 more homes in the Greystone II subdivision. They are on lots 56 to 77 in the third phase of the development.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the final plat of that third phase of Greystone II on March 23. The board voted for City Attorney Derek Snyder to attend that meeting. Besides the subdivision plat, there will also be a public hearing for the new storm water chapter of the code that Snyder has written.

In other action, the board:

• Heard a preliminary proposal for an RV park along Highway 96 east of the city limits. It would require hooking on to the city sewer system, perhaps along with annexation.

• Voted to purchase Lenovo touch-screen Chromebooks to replace iPads board members have been using. The cost of the six tablet computers from Josh Glover will be $2,070.

• Voted (without hesitation) to renew the city’s annual workmen’s comp policy, which is dropping in cost from $15,607 to $11,092.

• Set the annual Oronogo Garage Sale to coincide with Webb City’s from May 5 to 7. Fees will be waived.

• Was told by Police Chief Steven Weaver that all of the city’s tornado sirens are working. Three of the city’s four sirens are new.

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