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by Patty Cheffey
Noting that a C-2 Commercial designation would be appropriate for that area, the Marion County Commission approved a rezoning requests at Monday morning’s meeting.
During the meeting, they also reappointed two people to the county planning and zoning commission, heard two reimbursement requests and reviewed fund balances and sales tax.
The commissioners unanimously approved a request by Jerry and Linda Gottman to rezone 2.5 acres along Route MM just outside of the Hannibal city limits from A-1 Agricultural to C-2 Commercial.
Approval came at the recommendation of the Marion County Planning & Zoning Commission which last Thursday voted 5-0 in favor of it following two public hearings on the request.
In requesting the rezoning before the zoning commission, the Gottmans said they had no plans to develop the property, but they were told by realtors it would help in their effort to sell the property.
The Gottmans explained their home on the property burned down about three months ago, and they decided to live elsewhere.
Several nearby property owners spoke against the rezoning citing a desire to prevent commercial development in the neighborhood, which they hoped to maintain as rural.
It was noted during the hearings that the Gottmans could easily agree to be annexed into Hannibal.
The Gottmans said they and many of their neighbors have been approached about annexation, but had resisted it.
This is the first time for a property in Marion County to be receive the new C-2 Commercial zoning, which is more restrictive than C-1 Commercial.
In a related matter, the board reappointed Joe Kendrick and Andy Lehenbauer to the planning and zoning commission.
In other business, the commissioners reviewed two reimbursement requests from MECO Engineering concerning bridges over Big Branch Creek.
The reimbursement for the work on County Road 230 bridge is $7,397.70 and on County Road 281 is $7,395.51. Since a contract has been signed, commissioners noted there was no action needed on their part.
Fund balances are down a little from this point last year in General Revenue, but the combined balances are still up, noted Marla Meyers, county clerk.
General Revenue and Road and Bridge combined fund balances for June are $3,571,227.99 compared to $3,528, 255.26 in June 2022.
Local Use sales tax is up quite a bit, Meyers said, at $111,928.17, compared to $76,161.11 last year at this time.
In her report, Teya Stice, county improvement coordinator, said Josh Timbrook, who had the winning bid for the sidewalk repair work at the Hannibal Courthouse, will be starting the end of July.
He is also aware he has to work with the court system, she said.
The commissioners approved allowing someone to move a trailer onto a property temporarily while there is someone ill. The trailer must be removed immediately after that situation changes.
• signed the Palmyra contract for tax collection work through the county collector’s office;
• approved a trustee-held property sale in the amount of $100 plus recording fees; and
• met the new secretary, Angela Agnew, for Stice’s office.