Tony Cantrell receives a certificate of appreciation for his 20 years with the public works department from Mayor Charles Wilkins Monday during the Board of Aldermen meeting.

Oronogo sells vacant land west of Dollar General on Hwy 96 to a developer

Bob Foos

The Oronogo Board of Aldermen on Monday approved a contract ordinance for the sale of 2.1 acres near Dollar General for $159,000 to The Overland Group.

Plans for the property on Highway 96 are unknown. According to The Overland Group’s website, it has developed more than 1,200 Dollar General stores.

Oronogo’s Dollar General is on the east side of Jason Place Boulevard, while The Overland Group property is on the west side.

Police Chief Steven Weaver reported the city’s storm sirens are working. They were put to the test recently during a couple of tornado warnings.

Public Works Superintendent Tony Cantrell reported having to clear clogs in the storm water system and then clean up after the storm.

Blevins Asphalt is in town doing overlays and repairs, as well as installing the parking lot at the new Southwest Missouri Bank.

An ordinance was passed allowing the city to turn off and remove water meters on vacant properties. There’s been a problem with travel trailers exploiting such meters.

Bids were opened for a surplus dump truck. David Meyer’s bid of $5,105 was accepted.

Tony Cantrell, superintendent of public works,  received a 20-year certificate of appreciation  from Mayor Charles Wilkins.

“We butt heads a little, but I wouldn’t trade him for anything,” Wilkins said.

Previously a machinist, Cantrell started his employment with Oronogo as a laborer. He was promoted to his current position in 2008. He and a small crew are responsible for street, water, sewer and storm water systems and hookups for all the new housing. Before Spire bought the municipal natural gas system, he was also responsible for that.