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by Patty Cheffey
If the city of Palmyra approves the final plans, work should begin on the storm drainage project on Lafayette Street at the Marion County Courthouse by late July.
The Marion County Commission approved the plans during their meeting Monday and those plans will be reviewed at the City Council meeting on Thursday evening.
Also during Monday’s meeting, the commissioners heard an update on the County Road 402 bridge project, opened up requests for qualifications for a project and discussed flashing stop signs on Veterans Road.
According to Mark Bross with Klingner and Associates, if the city approves the plans as well, he will put the project out for bid with a bid opening of mid-July.
The water drainage project calls for installing inlets on both the north and south sides of Lafayette Street at the alley as well as a new inlet where Lafayette meets up with Dickerson Street.
Western District Commissioner Steve Begley asked if something could also be done about the water coming off of Main Street and running west down Lafayette instead of going on north on Main.
Austin Dornberger, city street commissioner, said that situation will probably be addressed when the street is repaved.
Repaving should also help address the bump at the alleyway on Lafayette.
In addition to approve the plans, the county also agreed to pay for half of the cost of the project.
In other business, Teya Stice, county improvement coordinator, report Matthew Walker with Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates, had acquired some of the necessary right-of-way for the County Road 402 bridge project, but is still working on getting the rest.
One property owner, Steve Gottman, requested the county put stop signs on County Road 404 since he believes a new bridge will increase the traffic. Commissioners agreed and approved the stop signs
They also expressed their displeasure at the amount of time it is taking to get the bridge project underway, noting they would like to put it out for bid as soon as possible.
Eastern District Commissioner Larry Welch said he would like to see flashing stop signs also be placed at the Veterans Road/Route MM intersection.
However, he was informed those stop signs are the responsibility of MoDOT.
Presiding Commissioners David Lomax said he would contact MoDOT and request they consider flashing stop signs being installed at that intersection.
The commissioners also opened up two requests for qualifications for study for a remodeling project at the Douglass Community Services facility.
Information was received from Klingner and Associates and from Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates. That information was turned over to Stephanie Cooper, CEO of Douglas Community Services who will review them and make a recommendation next week to the commissioners.
County Clerk Valerie Dornberger also presented the monthly sales tax information, noting it was up for June.
In General Revenue, sales tax collected for June was $234,559.10, compared to $211,525.60 in 2020.
Both Road and Bridge and Capital Improvements collections were also up.
Local Use tax collection was down for the month, compared to a year ago at $59,020.19, compared to $89,328.22. However, overall for the year, the collection is ahead of last year by about $8,000 at $268,092.73.