Palmyra city officials will move ahead with a petition for voluntary annexation for the Warren Head Business Park addition and the budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 after hosting public hearings Thursday, March 22.

Palmyra city officials will move ahead with a petition for voluntary annexation for the Warren Head Business Park addition and the budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 after hosting public hearings Thursday, March 22.

Mayor Loren Graham announced each of the two hearings, and no public comments were presented to council members. The annexation for the 81.2-acre addition to the Warren Head Business Park can commence. City council members also heard a preliminary resolution that would provide low-interest industrial development bonds to Rack Builders Inc., a company that will soon build an expansion facility in Palmyra. Graham also discussed an agreement between Marion County and Palmyra's Industrial Development Authority (IDA) that will provide $3,000 for economic growth and employment in the area.

In other business:

Council members approved the budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019, which will include a two-percent pay increase for city employees to help offset health care costs, a new roof for City Hall and either a new police squad vehicle or the city's portion of the purchase of new radios for the police department, which would be partially funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant.

Council member Josh Smith said the Personnel Committee conducted a final interview for a new City Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer, and committee members plan to move forward with filling the position in the near future.

Council members adjourned into a closed executive session to discuss personnel issues.

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