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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • New dorm being built in northern Hannibal

  • The Hannibal Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse has been helping individuals rebuild their lives for decades.
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  • The Hannibal Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse has been helping individuals rebuild their lives for decades. But only recently has the Council undertaken the construction building.
    The private non-profit entity is having a dormitory built off of Route W (Palmyra Road) in northern Hannibal.
    “This is one of the biggest things we’ve done in a long time,” said Michael Adams, human resources director for the Council.
    Plans on file at city hall indicate the dorm will feature nine bedrooms, plus activity and reading rooms. According to Jennifer Wilson, executive director of the Council, the facility is as large as the Missouri Department of Mental Health would allow.
    “We could have a huge place and probably fill it up, but this is the maximum (bedrooms) we can have,” she said.
    Design work on the building started late last year. Construction began shortly after the Fourth of July, reports Adams.
    “It’s coming along pretty good,” said Adams.
    “(Contractor) Russ Goodhart is doing an excellent job, which makes me very happy,” added Wilson.
    “He’s a good contractor,” said Chuck Anderson, assistant building inspector for the city of Hannibal. “It looks like he’s on schedule. They were worried about the heat, but he’s making good progress.”
    The project should be completed this fall.
    “We’d love for it to be completed by the end of October. That’s what the contractor is pushing for,” said Adams.
    Only those people who have gone through an assessment by a certified counselor who has determined the individual needs residential treatment will be eligible to spend the night in the dorm.
    For at least two decades the Council has occupied dorm space on Communication Drive in Hannibal. When its lease was coming due the decision was made to change locations.
    “We looked at different options and felt this (constructing a new building) was best,” said Adams.
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