Former Police Department interior opened up for construction of future council chambers

Palmyra City Council members witnessed the results of demolition work inside the former Palmyra Police Department station as they examined the site of their future chambers after their Thursday meeting.

Recent interior demolition work followed roof repairs for Palmyra City Hall and the adjacent building during the summer. City officials look forward to forthcoming construction efforts that will yield new council chambers in the former police station. Mayor Loren Graham pointed to spots where a kitchenette, offices and evidence storage were once located.

Palmyra Police Department officials moved into a newly-constructed police station in January 2016.

Palmyra City Council meetings are currently held in the upstairs chambers in city hall.

Brock Fahy, who visited the meeting and accompanied city officials as they toured the open space next door, said the new location would offer more space for council members to conduct business once the project is complete.

In other business

Council member Ken Sheputis discussed potential uses for city officials' new iPads, including taking photos and sending them to visualize a citizen's complaint and recording images from walk-through property visits. “We're still learning on how we're wanting to set everything up on [the iPads],” he said. “It'll probably take us six months to a year to figure out how we can best use these things to help out. We're still learning as we go.”

Sheputis, fellow council member Pam Behring and Kiwanis members were among Palmyra residents who wished to thank Street Commissioner Lynn Smith and street department crew members for their efforts to keep streets clear of ice and snow. “We appreciate it. They work hard,” Smith said.

Smith plans to reach out to area contractors to remind them of Palmyra's ordinance regarding snow removal regulations. Some contractors placed snow in locations that blocked culverts and other areas in the street and led to flooding issues.

Graham said the city's rescheduled economic development meeting will be held Saturday, May 4 in the Sesquicentennial Building.

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