If you’re a current subscriber, log in below. If you would like to subscribe, please click the subscribe tab above.
Username and Password Help
by Mark Cheffey
The Palmyra City Council last Thursday took the next step toward starting a storm water drainage project in the south part of Palmyra.
By a unanimous vote, the council approved an engineering contract with Klingner & Associates, P.C., to design and engineer a project in the Bailey-Stanley street area.
The project would involve construction of a proposed detention basin and a storm sewer network between Bailey and Stanley streets west of Home Street.
Klingner recently did a feasibility study to identify options for the detention basin, and the city has existing right-of-way within the area, with plans to use the right-of-way for the proposed improvements.
The project became a priority after the council heard from residents last year who described serious storm water flooding following heavy rainfall during the spring and summer months.
After getting the design and engineering specifications back, the city’s next step would be to put the project out for bid.
The cost for the engineering is $27,250.
The council voted unanimously to renew an economic services agreement with the Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council.
Under the agreement the city will pay $15,000 annually for the NEMO EDC to “act in an advisory and consultant capacity” for help in retention, expansion and recruitment of industrial and commercial employment opportunities.”
The city’s existing three-year contract is up.
The council heard the first reading of an ordinance, that if given final approval following a second reading Feb. 17, would transfer street addressing responsibilities from the city clerk to Marion County Emergency Services.
According to the ordinance, the city has determined that MCES has better resources to perform such tasks and the use of their service “better ensures consistency and sharing of information with the 911 system.”
City Clerk Deena Parsons told the council during the last meeting Jan. 20, that she always consults with some one on MCES whenever addressing issues come up and that it makes more sense to allow the service to do it since employees there work with addressing on a regular basis.
Mayor Rusty Adrian updated the council on efforts to add new outer roads along U.S. 61.
Adrian has established and appointed 12 members to a new citizen’s advisory committee which will discuss future highway needs, and indicated the committee will be talking about how to move ahead with plans on the first proposed outer road project extending from the Berry Machine and Die plant north to Mo. 168.
Adrian also told the council he would be going to Jefferson City this week to talk to local legislators with a long list of utility and road projects in need of funding.
Police Chief Eddie Bogue told the council his department is close to implementing digital ticketing.
“We are having training next Wednesday and then two weeks of practice, and then we will or should be up and running, if it all works smoothly,” Bogue said.