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by Mark Cheffey
The Palmyra City Council last Thursday approved the purchase of new computers for the city’s police car fleet and awarded the bid for a new sewer lift station.
The council accepted the low of five bids for purchase and installation of a sewer lift station for the Griesbaum Subdivision on the south end of the city at a cost of $209,121 as submitted by Mick Mehler & Sons, Inc. of Silex, Mo.
It was noted that $150,000 of the cost will be covered through American Rescue Plan Act funds received by the city.
And, following the recommendation of the Finance Committee, the council voted 5-0 in favor of authorizing the purchase of six new computers for installation in the police car fleet at a cost of $22,975.
The computers will be paid for out of the city’s current contingency budget, due to the computers’ availability at this time, rather than having to wait on the new budget that will not go into effect until May 1.
The council also voted 5-0 to give final approval to an ordinance establishing policy and fees for power pole attachments in the city.
It will allow the city to charge private companies who wish to use the city’s power poles to provide services to businesses and residents.
“This is a good thing for the city of Palmyra. It will provide for consistent use of poles,” said James Lemon, city attorney, who drafted the ordinance with assistance from Brent Abell, BPW superintendent.
The council also heard the first readings of ordinances:
• eliminating references to the Palmyra Fire Department from current city ordinances;
• rezoning property at 616 S. Main St. from R-1 Single Family and Two-Family Residential to C-1 Commercial District; and
• to establish storm water runoff management standards for the city.
Lemon said the storm water runoff management ordinance is designed to help the city address storm water runoff issues in the future and is based on similar laws passed by other cities.
“This will get us to where we need to be,” Lemon said.
The three first-read ordinances will receive their second reading at the next council meeting April 13, at which time they are expected to be approved.
The council moved its two April meetings to April 13 and 27 due to the April 4 election.
Ellen Goodwin, who chairs the council’s Finance Committee, reported progress on completing a proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2023-24.
Brent Abell, BPW superintendent, reported some hopeful progress in having old city power poles removed.
He also reported on a public meeting held Wednesday to inform the public about Proposition B on the April 4 election ballot.
He said it was lightly attended and that another meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the Sesquicentennial Building in Flower City Park.
Mayor Rusty Adrian reported on Monday’s Community Improvement District meeting and noted there were no new sign-ups for the proposed district which would provide ways to improve the city’s downdown business district.
“We’re going to have to knock on doors,” Adrian said, noting the district continues to fall short of support.
Austin Dornberger, street superintendent, reported his crews have been preparing to reopen Buchanan Street to traffic following the completion of a storm water drainage project, and have been doing some patch work on Flower City Park roads.