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Hannibal council takes steps toward applying for emergency grant

By DANNY HENLEY
Special to The Herald-Whig
dhenley@courierpost.com
Posted: Mar. 19, 2020 12:01 am Updated: Mar. 19, 2020 12:06 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal City Council has taken two more steps toward applying for an emergency Community Block Grant.

During Tuesday night's meeting at Hannibal City Hall, council members approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to take the actions that are necessary to help secure the grant funding. That action followed a public hearing regarding the emergency grant that took place prior to the council meeting.

The city is seeking the grant in order to help pay for a storm sewer collapse along Union Street in February of this year.

City Manager Lisa Peck said the cost of the repair is estimated at $832,979. The city is proposing to contribute a combination of cash and in-kind labor in the amount of $81,500 ($80,500 in-kind and $1,000 cash). The amount of the grant being sought is $752,479.

In other business:

  • William Dees was recommended by Peck to fill a vacancy on the Hannibal Board of Public Works Board. If appointed Dees would fill an unexpired term that will end in July 2020.
  • Second and final reading was given a bill authorizing the HBPW to refinance sewer bonds. The action will save the HBPW an estimated $940,000 over 13 years.
  • Mathew Munzlinger of the HBPW updated the council on the chloramine replacement project.
  • The council awarded a bid for $178,326 to the Leo M. Ellebracht Co. for self-contained breathing apparatus for the fire department.
  • In an emergency reading approval was given a bill that authorizes the staging of city council meetings via electronic devices if council chambers is deemed unusable because of a virus or some other reason.
  • The council scheduled a public hearing regarding the voluntary annexation of 13 acres of property just west of the city. The hearing will take place at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in council chambers at Hannibal City Hall.
  • A resolution was OK'd that approves an engagement agreement between the city and Lewis & Ellis, Inc., for actuarial services relating to post-employment benefits for fiscal year 2019-20 for the city, including the library, parks and recreation, and tourism. The fee paid by the city will be $5,750.
  • A bill was given the second and final reading that revises the fees upward for city building permits.
  • Final reading was given a bill that would vacate an alley from Webb Street to Cardiff Drive.
  • Final reading was given a bill that would vacate an undeveloped section of street between property at 1121 Union St. and neighboring property at 1201 Union St.
  • A request for street closures was approved for a VW parade during the fourth annual Brew Skies event on Saturday, June 6, in downtown Hannibal.
  • Street closures were approved to accommodate the 44th annual Samuel L. Clemens Arts & Crafts Festival.

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