Ralls, Monroe counties would help pay for handicap-accessible ramp

Marion County has received preliminary approval for a $30,000 grant to help pay for a handicap-accessible ramp for the juvenile justice center in Hannibal. Commissioner Steve Begley made the announcement during the Nov. 6 meeting of the county commission at the courthouse in Palmyra.

The news was revealed during a regional solid waste meeting last week.

Begley stressed that the grant funds must still be approved the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“This is dependent on approval by DNR,” he said. “We haven't got the money yet.”

According to Begley, recycled plastic will be used for the decking on the new ramp.

“That's why we were able to apply for this grant,” he said.

In addition to Marion County, a portion of the construction cost will be paid by Ralls and Monroe counties. Each county's share will be based on its percent of population.

In other business:

• It was announced that new county maps and plat books are now available. The maps can be purchased for $25 at the assessor's office. Plat books, which cost $30, can be acquired in the extension office in the courthouse in Palmyra.


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