Palmyra City Council members and city officials discussed a series of topics for the year ahead, including the status of the annual budget, during their regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 21.

Palmyra City Council members and city officials discussed a series of topics for the year ahead, including the status of the annual budget, during their regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 21.

Palmyra's city budget neared completion during the city's bicentennial year. Several changes and events for the coming year were discussed.

Council member Nathan Miller reported that Finance Committee members had the budget “mostly finalized” for 2019. Mayor Loren Graham said that the budget could be approved in March along with the budgets for Palmyra's Board of Public Works and Park Board.

Fellow council member Ken Sheputis said House Committee members decided to complete demolition of the former police station's first floor, allowing for a more direct entry into the council's future chambers and ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Graham and City Clerk Deena Parsons said that about $30,000 had been budgeted for the project so far. Demolition and some of the construction tasks could be handled by city employees, Sheputis said. “I think we could go a long way with $30,000,” he said.

Graham said the Bicentennial Committee members held a meeting on Monday, with a strong turnout including five members from the Palmyra Jaycees. Attendees discussed potential birthday events, and Graham said a 5K color walk/run is planned along with monthly presentations from members of the Heritage Seekers Club. Commemorative t-shirts and coloring books are available for sale at city hall.

Police Chief Eddie Bogue discussed with council members that 42 local businesses or contractors had not applied for their annual $10 business license. Everyone agreed for police department officials to send letters to business owners reminding them to pay their license each year, and to reach out regarding the licenses for 2019.

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