City council to select engineering firm to assist with proposed bridge projects

by Mark Cheffey

The Palmyra City Council learned Thursday the city had received interest from seven engineering firms to provide preliminary engineering for proposed bridge projects.

Mayor Loren Graham said the council would need to soon pick a winning firm to help the city prepare an application for Community Development Block Grant funding for the projects.

City Clerk Deena Parsons said the time frame is tight due to the application period expected to start Oct. 1 and providing about a 60-day window to get the application in.

“So it needs to be quick,” Parsons said.

The council decided to call a Street & Alley Committee meeting for Tuesday to review the qualifications and make a recommendation for the full council to act upon.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, the council voted 5-0 in favor of exercising the city’s option to repurchase 4.67 acres of property in the Warren Head Business Park currently owned by Estelbrook Enterprise, LLC, for $23,000, the original price it was sold for three years ago.

The city has the option to repurchase ground in the business park if it goes undeveloped three years after the purchase.

The council visited with Eric Shangraw a representative from Area Disposal, for an annual update on the city’s solid waste disposal contract.

The mayor and council members reported no specific complaints about trash service, but did ask Area Disposal to better inform the public that trash truck drivers only pick up what is inside street-side totes.

Police Chief Eddie Bogue reported his department recently received a portable radio purchased with funds allocated by the Law Enforcement Foundation, a newly formed organization whose goal is to raise money to assist law enforcement groups in the area.

He also reported he has an officer candidate who will be attending police academy training in Columbia, Mo. with hopes of joining the force in December.

He also said the new police vehicle, recently approved for purchase by the council, is in the process of being ordered.

A Personnel Committee meeting was also set for this week to discuss seeking a new auditor as well as a new city attorney upon the expected retirement of Chase Hickman.

Mayor Graham also passed around a proposed ordinance concerning the transfer of the municipal court to the circuit court.

The ordinance is expected to go before the council at the next meeting Sept. 3.

Before adjourning, the council went into closed session for the purpose of discussing a real estate matter, however no action was taken.

Council member Jeremy Warning was unable to attend Thursday’s meeting.