Ellen Stuhlman's PACE students took an active role in city government and watched as Palmyra City Council members unanimously approved an ordinance pertaining to items blocking city streets and sidewalks.

Ellen Stuhlman's PACE students took an active role in city government and watched as Palmyra City Council members unanimously approved an ordinance pertaining to items blocking city streets and sidewalks.

Mayor Loren Graham explained to the students how the bill went through two readings before the council voted to make it an ordinance, and Council member Ken Sheputis said the ordinance stemmed from basketball goals that were blocking city streets. The students brought typed lists filled with ideas for the Flower City's bicentennial celebration in 2019 to each of the council members. Graham and fellow city officials expressed their gratitude to members of the group, who provided suggestions including contacting other communities with the name Palmyra about their history, a life-size Monopoly game, a Palmyra trivia night and a town dinner party.

“They're some pretty awesome kids,” Stuhlman said. “They come up with great ideas all the time.”

Graham said he would share the ideas with committee members who are planning the upcoming celebration, and Stuhlman said the students planned to work on more projects like a history presentation about Palmyra's schools.

In other business:

Kyle Smyser and Bill Goldinger, with the Palmyra Cemetery Board, visited with the council requesting help with removing five large trees on the property that are dead or dying. Graham said members of the Board of Public Works voted for Poor Boy Tree Service to spend about three weeks removing trees around town and two weeks removing the trees in the cemetery. Sheputis asked that board members keep the council informed about any further needs.

Palmyra City Council members and city officials will host a town hall meeting regarding a city-wide potential storm water project at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Farischon Hall, 401 S. Lane St.

City council members adjourned into a closed executive session to discuss litigation matters.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com