Members of the Palmyra City Council moved a step closer to a potential solution for storm water issues in the Flower City during the regular council meeting Thursday, Oct. 18.

Members of the Palmyra City Council moved a step closer to a potential solution for storm water issues in the Flower City during the regular council meeting Thursday, Oct. 18.

Palmyra City Attorney Chase Hickman delivered the second reading of a bill regarding a 1/2-cent sales tax proposal set for the April 2 ballot. If voters approve the measure, it will replace the existing 1/4-cent capital improvements sales tax set up in 1996 with a 1/2-cent sales tax. Council members also approved an ordinance for an updated city seal and an ordinance defining setback distances for properties that are zoned for commercial use.

In other business:

Council member Ken Sheputis proposed that city officials move forward with nine iPads, dedicated email addresses and a Microsoft Office 365 software suite to keep emails and other files organized and accessible. In the event of a Sunshine Law request or other inquiry, City Clerk Deena Parsons and fellow staff members could more easily locate the necessary file. The estimate for the iPads, programming, training and a $450 yearly fee for the Microsoft Office 365 system totaled $7,182.22, and the council members agreed to move forward.

Lakeside Roofing Co. Inc. will perform roof repairs to the Palmyra Fire Station following the discovery of water leaks. The repair trip will be billed for time and material, not to exceed $2,000. Company officials reported that repair bills for the Palmyra area run typically run between $1,250 and $1,800.

Street Commissioner Lynn Smith reported that construction work in the Warren Head Business Park was nearing completion, and Rack Builders Inc. was already producing equipment on their new site. They are expected to be shipping products out by Monday.

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