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by Patty Cheffey
The Marion County Commission approved the recommendation by the planning and zoning commission to approve a rezoning request from MFA Oil.
The request, which would allow MFA Oil Company to rezone three acres of land along the west side of U.S. 24 on the Browning property south of the livestock sale barn from A-1 Agricultural to C-3 Highway Commercial District.
The company plans to install a Petro-Card 24 unattended fueling station for both gasoline and diesel fueled vehicles on the site, and that it would be open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
During Monday’s meeting, Teya Stice, county coordinator, reported on information she had received concerning MoDOT’s position on the rezoning should they ever make Highway 24 four lanes.
To make sure there is enough right-of way for that contigency, MFA will do some measuring, she said, to see what their right-of-way is in accordance to the plans for the fuel station.
She also noted the Brownings have agreed to give MFA more room if that is necessary.
Stice said she will make sure all of the set-backs are met before issuing the permit.
In other business, Western District Commissioner Steve Begley questioned Sheriff Jimmy Shinn on what recourse the county has if they catch someone dumping trash on county roads.
Currently, there is major dumping taking place in the western part of the county, especially along County Road 104 near Nelsonville, with the trash being mainly furniture and building materials.
If the dumpers can be identified, Begley said he plans to ask the prosecutor’s to prosecute. The person or persons would also face a fine, according to state law.
Stice reported the elevators at both courthouses had been inspected and has added fire extinguishers in both elevators as recommended.
An emergency light bulb was also added in the Palmyra elevator.
She also noted it was the recommendation of the inspection company to have the county replace the circuit board in the elevator in Hannibal, as it cannot be fixed at this point since the original company is out of business.
If the county approves replacing the board, the elevator would be out of service for about a month. If they wait until the circuits quit working, the elevator will be out of service for about three months, Stice reported.
She was asked to get pricing for the circuit board.
Stice also reported the painting project on the outside of the Palmyra Courthouse seems to be “tainted” as the project has encountered bees and issues with the lift and now wasps, swarming the top of the courthouse and Lady Liberty.
Commissioners noted the wasps can be sprayed when it is time to do the painting of that area, Stice responded they didn’t know how many wasps there were.
While the painter did not have any suggestions on tackling the problem, Stice said they will be talking to a pest control business to see what solutions there might be.
The county also signed the financial papers for the annual compliance information for the LEPD grant, although there is an issue with one bill. That issue is being looked into.
They also learned the jail roof is completed and Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates will be having a certified tech representative inspect it before the project is signed off.
Mike Schaefer, county highway supervisor, reported black topping on County Road 425, also known as Airport Road, is underway.
County Clerk Marla Meyers presented fund balances and sales tax reports for the month.
While sales tax monthly collection is down again this month compared to a year ago, the overall collection is higher.
Local Use Tax, however, is up again this month, $128,456.17 in September compared to $90,033.59 on September 2022.
Fund balances continue to be in good shape, she said.