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Building named historic property

The Farmington City Council tended to other business on an evening when one public hearing lasted nearly an hour and a half.

While the public hearing regarding the Planned Unit Development (PUD) at 709-713 Janey Dr. took up most of the evening, there were two other items up for public input on Thursday’s agenda.

The first public hearing for the evening was the designation of 218 N. Washington St. as a “Farmington Historic Property.”

The location was most recently the location of the Farmington Press/Daily Journal office in Farmington, which has since moved to 227 E. Columbia St.

For years, the location was home to Heck’s IGA. But, a portion of the structure began in the early 20th century as the base location of the St. Francois County Railroad.

Public Works Director Larry Lacy explained owner Dr. Tim McMann was seeking the designation to apply for an architectural preservation grant agreement through the Karsch Boulevard and Downtown Tax Increment Financing District to refurbish the structure.

The Historic Preservation Committee and Planning and Zoning both approved the plan submitted by McMann.

Ward II Councilman John Crouch spoke on the history of the building, noting where the portion of the structure that served as the train shed is located.

McMann told the council he was excited about the opportunity to restore the building. The front portion that housed the offices for the newspaper is now home to Country Junction.

“We’d like to bring the back area to where it was when it was the train repair station,” he said. “We’re hopeful we can do that.”

Council approved the ordinance designation the property and a resolution for the grant agreement during regular session. Ward I representative Cody Eaves and Ward IV representative Vanessa Pegram were not in attendance.

A public hearing for a final record plat of property located at 1602 W. Liberty St. was also held. Lacy explained the owner of the property discovered a discrepancy in the property line when attempting to sell a portion of the area where Easy Self Storage is located near the license bureau.

“The purpose of this is to redraw the property boundaries so they can sell a piece of the property,” Lacy said.

Council approved the ordinance regarding the property during regular session.

In other business, the council approved the donation of property from Parkland Heath Center–Weber Road to the city of Farmington. The property includes the building where the Farmington OAKS Senior Center is located.

Nancy Krekeler was recognized as the recipient of the “Jack Sebastian Volunteer Award” for her work at the senior center.

Mayor Larry Forsythe read Director Mona Yates’ nomination of Krekeler for the honor, stating Krekeler contacted her in 1999 after retiring from the business she owned with her husband, Bill.

Read more about the award presentation in the May 18 edition of the Farmington Press.

In reports, Ward I Councilman John Robinson delivered the Public Safety report stating the Farmington Police Department is interviewing dispatchers and work is underway in planning for Country Days 2017.

Ward IV Councilman Mark Kellogg said the Public Works department had 17 items on their agenda for the meeting held prior to the council meeting – and were only able to work through a handful due to talk on the recent rains and the effect on the stormwater system and problems occurring for some homeowners.

“There are a lot of legitimate issues we have with storm water drainage,” he said. “It’s not an overnight fix in some of these situations … it’s a lot and we’re very much doing our best to try and look at what the problems are. The ones that are causing homeowners to have flooding in their basement, property damage, those are the priorities we have to get to.

“We have a matrix (for project work) and we’re working on that. We’re going to have a special meeting in a couple of weeks to work on that.”

Read more about the work on stormwater improvements in a future edition of the Daily Journal.

The council also approved an ordinance approving a second amendment to the Fiscal Year 2017 operating budget.

Before the public hearings began, Chuck Henson with First Baptist Church of Farmington spoke with the council about the “You are the Light” mission project hosted by the church.

This is the 11th year for the week-long mission project at the church. Volunteers spend the week performing various jobs around the community to help

“It’s our ministry at First Baptist Church to let the people of Farmington know we love them, care for them and God loves them as well,” Henson said.

Contact the church office at 573-756-4654 to register a possible location.

The council next meets in regular session on May 22.

Nancy Krekeler is presented the

Nancy Krekeler is presented the “Jack Sebastian Award” by Farmington Mayor Larry Forsythe for her work at the OAKS Senior Center. The presentation was made during the Farmington City Council meeting on Thursday. Also pictured is Ward II Councilman Dale Wright, Ward IV Councilman Mark Kellogg and City Attorney Scott Reid.

Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3628 or srobinson@farmingtonpressonline.com

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