A bill to annex the City of Palmyra's recently purchased expansion for the Warren Head Business Park reached the first reading before the Palmyra City Council, moving the process forward for future development in the area.

Palmyra City Attorney Chase Hickman delivered the first reading of the bill, which will be read again during the council's first May meeting for approval as an ordinance. The bill will zone the 81.2-acre tract of land added to the Warren Head Business Park as I-1, or for industrial use. So far, Rack Builders Inc. plans to build an expansion for their Quincy facility there.

Mayor Loren Graham said he plans to request adoption of Industrial Development Bonds along with the second reading of the annexation bill. The council members agreed that the land purchase from general revenue funds and the proposed bonds would help attract additional businesses.

In other business:

The April 3 election results were finalized, and council members discussed the possibility of bringing a single sales tax proposal in a future election. Council members agreed that the ballot language was confusing, and one sales tax issue would help with projects like the city-wide storm water proposal, albeit at a slower pace.

Departing First Ward Council member Jeff Merkel received a resolution from the city recognizing his eight years of service on the council.

Ellen Goodwin was sworn in as the new First Ward council member. Incumbent members Andrew Salsman— second ward — and Josh Smith — third ward — were also sworn in. Pam Behring will serve as the new Mayor Pro Tem.

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