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City Council hears update on Palmyra's bicentennial celebration

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 6, 2018 9:45 pm

PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Palmyra City Council heard an update Thursday on plans to celebrate the city's 200th anniversary in 2019.

Third Ward Council Member Pam Behring said the city's Bicentennial Committee met last week and is nailing down lots of details.

"They're working on a lot of activities for 2019," she said. "They're working hard and getting a lot done."

The yearlong celebration will begin Jan. 12 with a kickoff event in conjunction with the Palmyra Chamber of Commerce's annual awards banquet, which will be held in the Sesquicentennial Building in Flower City Park.

The kickoff will begin with a social gathering at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30. After the awards program, a bicentennial birthday party and dance will be held from 8 to 11 p.m.

Tickets are $25 if bought by Dec. 30 and $30 after that date.

City Clerk Deena Parsons said tickets are available at City Hall.

Behring noted that the Bicentennial Committee is planning to sell a variety of commemorative items in connection with the anniversary, including two commemorative rifles -- a .22-caliber model for $682 and a .3030 model for $1,180.

"They're taking orders for those now" at Butch's Sports World in Palmyra, Behring said.

Council members debated whether the city should buy one of the guns to display in City Hall to match a similar commemorative rifle bought by a resident and given to the city during its 150th anniversary in 1969.

"Let's do some research and see if we can buy one," Mayor Loren Graham said.

Behring also noted that the Bicentennial Committee is thinking about hosting a wine-tasting event in May at a location near the Marion County Courthouse. However, Behring noted that the city has an ordinance prohibiting alcohol on public property -- except at the city park, county fairgrounds and Jackson Golf Course.

"I personally am not in favor of changing that ordinance," Behring said.

Second Ward Council Member Nathan Miller suggested that the event be held in the city park. "Take it where the ordinance allows," he said.

Behring said she will present the suggestion to the committee.

Also at Thursday's meeting, the council took no action on a proposed $14,500 engineering contract with Frankenhoff Consulting for a conceptual plan for an outer road to be developed east of U.S. 61/24 from Marion City Road to the Mo. 168 interchange. The plan would include routes for water and sewer line extensions in that part of town.

Mayor Graham said he wants to confer with property owners along the route before he presents the proposal for discussion with the Marion County Commission, which must sign off on the project.

The council also heard about plans by city officials to encourage residents to complete a survey sent to about 400 homes as part of the city's quest to obtain a community development block grant that would help pay for infrastructure improvements.

"We have some bridges in town that we need to replace," Graham said.

He said about 85 more surveys must be turned in before the city's application can be submitted for consideration.

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