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by Mark Cheffey
The Palmyra City Council last Thursday voted unanimously to extend the current solid waste contract with GFL Environmental.
The extension would be for another three years starting Sept. 1 of next year as requested by GFL which handles all of the city’s trash pickup and disposal.
In other business, the council approved the mayor’s appointments to city council committees and city boards, discussed a bid for repairing the city hall roof and discussed a proposal for landscaping work at the police station.
The city previously voted April 21 to approve the final year of GFL’s current three-year contract which included a 37 cents per month increase in residential rates, 30 cents for seniors, due to rising costs.
The new three-year extension has a built-in four percent increase for each of the three years.
The was some discussion about if the city would be committed to all three years with GFL, but James Lemon, city attorney, informed the council that it is an extension of the current contract, which allows the city to opt out at the end of each year.
Council member Earl Meyers, presented a single bid for city hall roof work. However, the council tabled action on it until the next meeting in order to obtain more information.
The bid, from MHE Roofing, LLC, was for $8,500. However, Austin Dornburger, street commissioner and Brent Abell, BPW superintendent, offered to look at possibly removing a chimney which could lower the cost of the roof repair.
They were asked to check it out before the next meeting.
Meyers said the roof repair was needed badly and expressed disappointment at how hard it was to find even one company willing to take on the project.
Cecelia Obert visited with the council about doing clean-up and plant replacement for the police station landscaping.
She said she was willing to do the work as well as any upkeep in the future.
The council asked Obert to return at the next meeting, May 19, with a more formal proposal.
Abell reported to the council the BPW had received a bid for harvesting trees in the Warren Head Business Park.
Darin Glaspie bid $13,250 to harvest trees in an area that’s being prepared for future consideration.
It was the consensus of the council to have Lemon prepare a contract accepting the bid for the council to consider at the next meeting.
The council unanimously approved appointments to committees and boards.
Appointed to boards were:
Ernie Boulware, to a four-year term on the Board of Public Works;
Larry Seago, Joe Knochel and Zach Jones to three-year terms the Parks & Recreation Board;
Mary Jo Ragar, to a five-year term on the Board of Adjustments;
Tav Brown and Clay Thornburg to four-year terms on the Planning and Zoning Committee;
Dan Meyer, to a three year term on the Public Facilities Authority; and
Jerry Trower and Craig Illa to six-year terms on the Industrial Development Authority.
City Council Committee appointments were:
Finance — Ellen Goodwin (chair), Brock Fahy and Andrew Salsman;
Police — Patrick Barns (chair), Salsman and Earl Meyers;
Personnel — Fahy (chair), Patrick Barns and Pam Behring;
Street & Alley and Board of Health — Salsman (chair), Goodwin and Fahy;
Ordinance and Community Development — Behring (chair), Meyers and Barns;
House & Car/Truck — Meyers (chair), Behring and Goodwin.
The council also gave final approval to a routine resolution concerning the city’s conflict of interest code to be forwarded to the Missouri Ethics Committee.
Also approved was an ordinance amending the city’s pretreatment of industrial wastes in order to conform with state standards.
Approval was also given to amending the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget to reflect actual revenues and expenses.
The council also heard the first reading of an ordinance amending certain sections of a city ordinance regarding dogs.