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by Patty Cheffey
The Marion County Commission covered several items on their agenda Monday morning, including accepting a quote for new doors at the Hannibal Courthouse.
Larry Welch, Eastern District commissioner, reported the doors were in bad shape and presented a quote from American Glass for a pair of aluminum doors and door frame with attached sidelight and above transom plus all hardware in the amount of $10,877.
Although Welch no longer has an interest in American Glass, he only presented the bid, did not recommend it or vote on it.
The new door will have a cylinder dogging for the panics, which mean the courthouse can “dog down” the panic each day with the turn of a key instead of with an Allen wrench or screwdriver.
The commissioners also discussed new doors at the Palmyra Courthouse. Welch noted those doors are eight feet tall and not the standard seven feet, meaning there will be an additional cost for that.
In addition, he recommended leaving the current glass crescent above the doors and only replacing the doors themselves.
The issue was tabled for further discussion.
Mike Schaefer, county highway supervisor, reported there have been issues with the Chariton Valley fiber cable as in many cases it was not buried deep enough.
“We haven’t cut any yet, but we’ve dug some up just cleaning ditches,” he said, noting in a couple of spots the line was covered by just a few inches of dirt.
“I think we’re going to find this more and more,” he added.
Commissioners met with Martin Meyer and Matt Walker, who are now with Hutchinson’s Engineering Inc. in Hannibal.
Both noted issues at their former business meant problems with doing transportation work in Missouri, but noted the new company is in compliance with MoDOT regulations.
Meyer noted this is Hutchinson’s first Missouri office and first architecture office, and that it is a transportation focused firm.
In her report, Teya Stice, county coordinator, asked about bidding out sidewalk work around the Hannibal Courthouse.
Welch noted he believed a quote he had received earlier fell below the amount needed to bid the work.
The person who gave the quote was asked to turn in a copy of that quote as Welch said the city of Hannibal is willing to do some of the tearing out of the old sidewalk near Broadway Street.
Stice also reported Allen’s Carpet is to start on the linoleum work in the Palmyra Courthouse this week.
Since Stice has not received any applications for the janitor/maintenance position at the Palmyra Courthouse, the commissioners are asking all offices to take care of their own trash and cleaning for the time being.
The maintenance person in Hannibal will come to Palmyra to do a deep cleaning every two weeks until a person can be hired.
County Clerk Marla Meyers presented fund balances and sales tax numbers for review.
“We’re down a little from last month,” said Meyers of the fund balances and local use tax, but noted the year-to-date is still higher than in 2022.