The Marion County Commission has gotten involved in the effort to seek compensation for those whose vehicles were damaged in a painting incident in mid July in eastern Palmyra.

During their Sept. 11 meeting at the courthouse in Palmyra the county commissioners drafted a letter to be sent to Hannibal Industrial Painting and Sandblasting, the contractor for the painting of the city of Palmyra's water tower located in the industrial park located east of U.S. 61.

“It's time to take steps to speed this process along,” said Steve Begley, Western District commissioner, who proposed contacting the local company.

“We need to get this solved,” added Lyndon Bode, presiding commissioner. “It's bad enough (it's impacted) us, but the (county) employees...”

Begley asked in the letter for a response “in timely fashion.” The commissioners agreed to give the contractor until their Monday, Sept. 25, meeting to respond.

The incident, described as an “overspray,” reportedly occurred on July 14.

“They were painting the water tower next to the highway department,” said Bode. “There was an overspray that also drifted to the jail which is a pretty good distance (from the water tower).”

According to Sheriff Jimmy Shinn, 19 personal and sheriff's department “squad cars” were impacted.

The damage at the county highway department was even greater.

“We had over 40 (vehicles),” said Mike Schaefer, county road superintendent. “The (county highway department) building has got it (overspray paint) too.”

Response from the contractor's insurance carrier, reportedly Nationwide, has been slow.

“A couple people did get responses back as far as what they're going to get, but it's been very, very slow getting a hold of the company … next to impossible,” said Schaefer. “They were supposed to send an adjuster to check that (damage), but the last time I talked to him he was so far behind...

“I'm trying to get something done first with everybody's personal vehicles. People are getting upset.”

Patience is also running thin at the sheriff's department.

“People are getting pretty aggravated with it,” reported Shinn.

It was suggested during the commission meeting that the insurance company's response may have been delayed by claims in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. That theory, however, didn't gain much traction.

“That's true, but they should have been on this sooner,” said Larry Welch, Eastern District commissioner.

“It should have already been taken care of,” added Schaefer.

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com