Lyndon Bode cites new bridges, programs, economic development

Marion County Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode thinks 2017 has been a good year for the county.

In qualifying that, Bode remembered many projects have been accomplished over the course of the year.

Several bridges in the county were replaced, starting with the replacement of two older bridges located on County Road #411 in the South River Bottoms and County Road #104 near Nelsonville. Each of the two bridges had been rated as deficient bridges by the Missouri Department of Transportation and had been older, narrow, low weight limit bridges.

Numerous road projects were accomplished which ranged from the repaving of the County portion of West Ely Road just west of Hannibal and the county roads on the south-side of Hannibal to the newly built County Road #266 Extension Project on the south side of Palmyra. A new dust control program was implemented to help residents who live along the approximately 430 miles of county maintained gravel roads and plans are to continue this program.  

The three parking lots at the Marion County jail were resurfaced and a sidewalk replacement project was completed at the Courthouse in Palmyra.

Probably the biggest economic development project, according to Bode, was the approval by the Marion County Commission for the Assent Order for the Ameren of Illinois/Northeast Power Mark Twain Transmission Line Project. The project, if approved, will be built on existing power right-of-ways from west of Palmyra through the northwest portion of the county.

On the financial front county budgets are balanced and county residents saw a decrease in the sales tax rate by half a percent when on July 31 the Highway 36 Transportation Development Sales Tax which covered four counties ended.

Bode looks forward to a good year coming up for Marion County.

“We currently have three bridge projects in the works and I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners and other elected officials to keep things moving in Marion County,” he said.