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by Patty Cheffey
The Hannibal Harvest Outreach program made a second request for funds from the county, this time sharing their tentative plans for their community center.
Amy Vaugh, Larry Hinds and Randy McDonald were present to discuss the plans for the center during Monday’s Marion County Commission meeting, at which the commissioners also discussed the emergency siren for Taylor, reviewed sales tax and met the new University of Missouri Extension secretary.
According to Hinds, the preliminary plans include a community center on the top floor and a food distribution area in the basement. Harvest Outreach is responsible for the Loaves and Fishes program in Hannibal.
Although the county does not have an application form yet for the American Recover Act funds, commissioners indicated they saw no reason why this program would not be entitled to funds.
The commissioners also did not indicate how much they would donate to the program, but said they believe the Harvest Outreach original request of $100,000 was high.
In other business, commissioners also briefly discussed the Taylor siren location.
The State Emergency Management Agency is needing additional information about the possible siren location, including GPS coordinates and physical address, before they can submit it to FEMA for consideration.
Last week the commissioners voted to offer right-of-way on the Taylor bridge to install the emergency siren.
Mike Schaefer, county highway supervisor, said he had visited with Gary Crane, Palmyra fire chief, about the location, who was supposed to check it over. Schaefer said he had not heard back from Crane as of Monday morning.
Since the location does not currently have a physical address, Teya Stice, county improvement coordinator, said she would contact 911 about getting one.
County Clerk Valerie Dornberger presented the commissioners with the monthly sales tax figures, noting that while collection was down for August, it is still higher than this time last year.
General Revenue saw $196,283.62 collected in August, compared to $207,982.44 in August 2020.
Capital Improvements saw $147,212.91 collected in August, compared to $155,986.98 a year ago, and the quarter cent road fund showed $98,094.27 in August 2021, compared to $103,967.45 in August 2020.
Local Use was also down at $70,406.14, compared to $87,483.82 last year.
While the overall for all funds is still above last year’s amounts, commissioners noted it bears watching.
Kaylynn Foreman was introduced to the commissioners as the new secretary for the University of Missouri Extension for Marion County.
Noting she is excited to be a part of something like University Extension, Foreman said she lives in Palmyra, but grew up in Hannibal.
Also present from Extension was Carrie Elsen, the interim county engagement specialist.
• heard information from Aaron Everly with Legacy Advisory Group on group health insurance; and
• approved allowing John Janes to do two corner stone remonumentations.