Local Government

Palmyra to hold public meeting May 3 on stormwater issue

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 20, 2017 9:50 pm Updated: Apr. 20, 2017 9:56 pm

PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Palmyra City Council will hold a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. May 3 to let residents ask questions about a tentative plan to address the city's stormwater drainage problems.

The meeting will be held in the Sesquicentennial Building at Flower City Park.

The council scheduled the meeting Thursday so the public can view maps and learn more about the comprehensive plan developed by Klingner and Associates of Quincy, Ill., for dealing with stormwater problems that plague parts of Palmyra after heavy rains. Many streets and yards routinely get flooded because the water can't drain fast enough.

"It's basically to let the public know the areas that we've identified that are having stormwater runoff problems and to let them look at some of the solutions" engineers have suggested, Mayor Loren Graham said in an interview. "We're going to show the public those areas and then ask if there's something we missed."

Fixing the problem is going to take years and cost millions of dollars, Graham said.

The council also approved a job description for a municipal court clerk's position and authorized city officials to begin seeking candidates.

The city is establishing the position in response to a Missouri Supreme Court decision that's forcing municipalities across the state to separate their municipal court operations from local police departments.

Council members said that even though the new position will be a full-time job, they don't expect the employee to spend 40 hours a week on municipal court duties. Instead, the job description says the employee will also assist the clerks at City Hall with various duties as needed.

Graham reported that the Palmyra Chamber of Commerce is donating $10,000 to help pay costs associated with the city's 200th anniversary celebration in 2019. He said the chamber also indicated that several of its members might be interested in serving on a committee that will begin planning some of the bicentennial events.

Council member Jeff Merkel reported that many Palmyra residents are not receiving their local utility bills in a timely manner. Merkel said his latest bill arrived at his home April 6 and payment was due April 10, giving him only four days to pay.

City Clerk Deena Parsons said the bills were mailed March 27, but mail deliveries often get delayed because mail from Palmyra routinely is sent to St. Louis for sorting before being brought back to town for delivery.

"Some people get their bills (in a timely manner), and some people don't," Parsons said.

City officials said they would talk with the U.S. Postal Service about the situation.

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