Palmyra City Council members gave the nod to several measures ranging from student safety to utility improvements during their regular meeting Thursday, Nov. 2.

Palmyra City Council members gave the nod to several measures ranging from student safety to utility improvements during their regular meeting Thursday, Nov. 2.

City council members approved Board of Public Works Superintendent Brent Abell's request to accept a $50,240 bid from Hannibal Industrial Painting for water filtration media replacement in the city's drinking water treatment plant. Abell also said that crew members were being stymied by fences and other items in the city's right-of-way as they complete the second phase of electrical circuit improvement work — if there is a fence or other structure in the path of the project, officials are asking that the items be removed, as outlined in a city ordinance. Council members also approved an agreement to bring a new Student Resource officer back to the Palmyra R-I School District.

Police Chief Eddie Bogue said that a Student Resource Officer would return to the school district beginning in January, and would be on duty through June for summer school. He said he selected an officer for the role, and training would begin the following week in Jefferson City.

In other business:

Council member Ken Sheputis suggested looking into transitioning to paperless meeting agendas, with each member using an electronic tablet to view the contents of documents pertaining to the meeting. City Clerk Deena Parsons said she would review costs and options.

Council member Pam Behring reported that the Palmyra Area Community Betterment (PACB) members met to discuss the upcoming Veterans Bricklaying Ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 12, at the Palmyra Courthouse. PACB members also talked about plans for a proposed fitness center in the former C & R Market building. Mayor Loren Graham said city officials were approached by representatives from the Quincy YMCA in the past with plans for a satellite location, but a suitable location was not available at the time. With groundbreaking recently completed for a new YMCA in Vandalia, Graham said he thought it would be a good idea for PACB members to reach out to the Quincy YMCA regarding a potential agreement.

“It might be a win-win,” Graham said.

  

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