Sep 08, 2021

Palmyra, Missouri, Storm Water Projects Underway

The work will begin with work on the south end of town and a project to address flooding and curb damage near the Marion County Courthouse.

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Several storm water projects are underway in Palmyra, Missouri. 

According to The Hannibal Courier-Post, the work will begin with work on the south end of town and a project to address flooding and curb damage near the Marion County Courthouse.

The storm water upgrade near the courthouse will begin in the fall as a partnership between the City of Palmyra and Marion County, and FEMA funding for drainage will be used for bridge and culvert improvements, according to Mayor Rusty Adrian, reported The Hannibal Courier-Post. Issues with the city’s bridges, culverts and curbs will be addressed.

“That’s what our hope is, to be more proactive as a council and as a city government to get these things upgraded for the people of Palmyra to help them out, and keep the water out of their houses,” said Adrian, reported The Hannibal Courier-Post. “Just anything that we can do as a city, we’re going to strive to do to help them out.”

Klingner and Associates aim to complete engineering for the work this winter and bids may be requested and returned in time for the projects to move forward in the spring or summer.

Voters approved a 1/4-cent sales tax increase which brought the capital improvement tax level to 1/2-cent, reported The Hannibal Courier-Post. This is additional revenue in the general fund for storm water projects recommended in a Stormwater Master Plan drafted by Klingner and Associates in 2017. According to estimates by Former Mayor Loren Graham, the money from the tax increase totaled about $100,000 to $110,000 per year.

Bridge replacements throughout town will include new structures for N. Bradley St. and W. Main Cross St., which will alleviate traffic, flooding and water flow concerns. These replacements will be funded through a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments and require a match from funds received through the sales tax increase.

According to The Hannibal Courier-Post, the work on the south side will determine the direction of future projects as the drainage system is strengthened and repaired.

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