Watch your speed on Ivy Road in Oronogo

Speed limit enforcement has been stepped up on Ivy Road in Oronogo based on results of a new sign equipped with radar that records speeds.

Police Chief Steven Weaver told the Board of Aldermen Monday that over 800 vehicles were counted during one week by the sign. The top speed was 79 mph, compared to the average of 40 mph.

Several stops have been made since the increased enforcement, he said.

In anticipation of the bid opening on May 9 for the city’s big sewer upgrade, the board voted to waive a requirement that the bidding contractor do a minimum of 50% of the work. Engineer Eric DeGruson, of Allgeier, Martin and Associates, said he had a request from a contractor who wants to split the job with another contractor, with one installing the pipe and the other installing the two lift stations.

Tony Cantrell, public works superintendent, said he hopes it’s a good sign that he has received several calls from prospective bidders.

Under the initial design of the project, the board only received one bid, which was rejected.

Also, the board voted for Mayor Charles Wilkins proceed with a one-year extension of the city’s agreement with its natural gas supplier, Southern Star. 

Wilkins said the extension will cover the transition period before Spire takes over operation of the utility and has its own agreement with Southern Star.