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by Patty Cheffey
The Marion County Commission covered a busy agenda Monday morning, including moving forward with work on the Marion County Jail.
The commissioners also approved a tax abatement for Doyle Manufacturing, heard updates on work at both courthouses and from Chariton Valley and briefly discussed a property issue near Emerson
Marty Meyers with Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates, reported the infrared scan of the jail roof had revealed water between the membrane and insulation, and he recommended two sections, approximately 132 square feet will need to be removed and reroofed.
While thinking the county will be able to repair the bad portions, Meyer said he would do more research and will report back to the commissioners on June 27.
After learning the cost of engineering work on the jail roof would not exceed $10,000 and that no bid was necessary the commissioners approved hiring Meyer to proceed with the engineering and bidding work.
In other business, the county approved a seven-year tax abatement plan for Doyle Manufacturing’s expansion project and reviewed the project cost benefit plan as presented by Corey Mehaffey, executive director of the Hannibal Regional Economic Development Council.
After hearing Teya Stice, county improvement coordinator, report she had received information on the Hannibal Career and Technical Center project, which she will forward to the commissioners, Mehaffey said that group will be receiving $1.9 million from ARPA funds and an additional $2 million from the EDA Federal Good Jobs program for their expansion project.
The commissioners approved the loan bid of $22,500 from Huber Custom Coating for a new epoxy floor in the Hannibal Courthouse.
Stice reported Allen Carpet will be starting on the carpeting at the Palmyra Courthouse courtroom in July, and Dave Durst will begin painting the ceiling in the courtroom in about three weeks.
The commissioners also visited with Stephanie Cooper with Douglass Community Services, who requested the commissioners sign a letter stating they have committed ARPA funds towards Douglass’ new facility. Commissioners approved doing so.
The commissioners also reviewed the preliminary plans for the county’s new storage facility, and approved having MECO Engineering proceed with the bid documents.
In a related matter, the county approved purchasing a ballet of racking from Hannibal Machine to be used in the new building.
Chariton Valley was present at Monday’s meeting to briefly update the commissioners on the work in Marion County.
That company is hoping to start turning on customers in June and wrapping up on Marion County by Oct. 31.
In her report, Stice said she had heard from a woman who has 1.7 acres near Emerson on which she wants to build three houses.
The land has been platted, but Stice said she asked the person to contact the Marion County Health Department about septic systems.
The commissioners also reviewed a list of poor and insufficient bridges from MoDOT, and asked Stice to get someone from MoDOT to address the commissioners about the list.
They also requested Stice to follow up on the State Homeland Security Grant for portable radios for emergency services.