Even after being given permission to stage shooting events inside the city by the Hannibal City Council at its Sept. 4 meeting, representatives of American Legion Post 55 felt obliged to come before the Council on Tuesday night to explain the safety measures that will be taken during the Legion’s upcoming turkey shoots.
Bob Burditt of Post 55 reported that the only loaded weapons will be those on the firing line. He noted that no alcohol will be allowed on the firing range during the competition.
All participants will be required to have a valid Missouri Conservation hunting license. Any shooters under the age of 18 must have passed and be certified through a state-approved safety course.
In other business:
• The Parks Department was given permission to accept a $20,593.20 bid from All Inclusive Rec for new playground equipment in Spooner Creek Park. A total of $25,000 has been budgeted for the purchase.
• The Board of Public Works was given permission to extend its current power supply contract with Ameren Energy Marketing Company through May 2017. The contract for $41.69 per MWh (megawatt hour) is currently due to expire at the end of December 2016.
• Bob Stevenson, general manager of the BPW, gave an overview of the BPW’s quarterly report. He noted that a number of pending expenses are “unfunded mandates” from the federal government.
• Yancey Auction Services was approved to handle the city’s surplus equipment sale this fall. The sale had been scheduled for Sept. 29, but due to a conflict will have to be rescheduled for a later date.
• A number of items were declared surplus so they can be sold during the upcoming city sale.
• The mayor was authorized to execute a quit claim deed for the acquisition of property conveyed in 2005 to Harry and Sherry Perkins to correct an error in the legal description. The property has since been sold by the Perkins to Dino Wilson.
• Second and final reading was given a bill setting the city’s 2012 tax levy for personal and real property. The new tax rate will be $1.1430 per $100 assessed value of property. The current rate is $1.1410 per $100. The change will mean an anticipated annual increase of $40,357.
• Street closures were approved during the Hannibal Board of Public Works’ annual Family Fun Night on Thursday, Oct. 4, in Central Park.
• Street closures were also OK’d for the Downtown Hannibal Art Fair scheduled, June 14-16, 2013, on North Main.
• The Council was introduced to the city’s newest firefighter - Alex White - by Chief Bill Madore.