Palmyra City Council members approved seeking bids for a project to extend the culvert to the east on Main St., solving issues with an eroded ditch and replacing a collapsed pipe.

Palmyra City Council members approved seeking bids for a project to extend the culvert to the east on Main St., solving issues with an eroded ditch and replacing a collapsed pipe.

Street Commissioner Lynn Smith said the city would advertise bid requests for the project — based on surveying and engineering studies performed by Klingner and Associates — and work was moving ahead on the parking lot adjacent to City Hall, thanks to assistance from council member Nathan Miller with concrete work. City council members also asked questions pertaining to a forthcoming waste removal contract with representatives from potential providers Area Disposal Services and Republic Services during the council's regular meeting Thursday, May 18.

Council member Ken Sheputis asked about providing citywide electronic recycling, and representatives from each company said the service for hauling off the devices was included in the respective bid specifications. The council will further review the specifications before deciding on the provider for city solid waste removal.

In other business:

The finance committee met with representatives from HOMEBANK regarding a city checking account, Miller said. In the past, other banks told city officials they would charge a fee to keep the funds, due to requirements related to public funds. He said HOMEBANK presented a program that could work for an account, and committee members planned to prepare bids by mid-June.

Sheputis reported House Committee officials will put the former Code Enforcement vehicle up for sale through bids, after they received a former Board of Public Works truck. He added that a contractor from Frankford planned to perform a roof assessment for City Hall and the former police department.

Council member Josh Smith said he met with the Park Board during a discussion of potentially purchasing a $9,500 ice cream machine for the concession stand, building the stand's success from shaved ice sales. Sheputis noted that the equipment would have to be put up for bids, and Mayor Loren Graham said it would be best to weigh other considerations before moving forward with the ice cream proposal.

Police Chief Eddie Bogue announced that he would be attending Moberly Area Community College's Law Enforcement Training Center graduation ceremony Tuesday, May 23. The two new officers set to join the Palmyra Police Department are among the graduating class, and they will join the force once they complete their physicals and drug screenings.

City Clerk Deena Parsons announced the next council meeting would take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1.

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