The Hannibal Police Department has entered the video age. On Tuesday night, Chief Lyndell Davis gave a demonstration before the City Council of how the HPD’s new individual officer cameras work.
While cameras are a part of the department’s patrol cars, the new mini cameras will be worn by officers and will provide a video account of various encounters. According to Davis, the cameras will provide protection for officers and citizens alike.
Hannibal is one of the first departments of its size, at least in this area, to provide this type of video technology for its officers, according to Davis.
The $5,247 in camera gear was purchased with funds through a Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (MIRMA) Risk Award.
On hand at Tuesday’s meeting to present a MIRMA Risk Award plaque to the city was Jeff Arp, a loss control specialist with that organization.
In other business:
• The Council accepted the resignation of Sixth Ward Councilman Dr. Richard Draper and approved a time line for selecting a resident of that ward to complete the remainder of Draper’s term.
• A bid of $37,614 from Poole Advertising was accepted. The business will be printing the 2013 Hannibal Visitor Guide. It was the lowest bid received.
• Approval was given the acceptance of an automated external defibrillator from Linda Coleberd of the Mark Twain Cave to the Fire Department. The value of the contribution is estimated at $1,200.
• An agreement with the Coker Tire Company was approved that will see Hannibal serve as a host city for the 2013 Hemmings Motor News Great Race.
• Budget amendments involving the General Fund, Capital Equipment Fund and Sales Tax Capital Fund were approved. City Collector Phyllis Nelson said the amendments were needed to account for some donations and to eliminate four accounts that are no longer needed.
• Second and final reading was given an ordinance granting a natural gas franchise to Liberty Energy (Midstates) Corp.
• Approval was given to revisions to the fire chief’s job description. The changes include that he (or she) report to the city manager rather than the Fire Board and have certain certifications.
• A resolution was approved revising the city employee guide regarding the use of city charge accounts. The policy includes language regarding the obtaining of cards, issuance of cards, recalling of cards and discipline of anyone violating the policy.
• Final reading was given a bill revising the city’s credit card use policy in the city code.
• The following appointments were approved: Matt Lay to the Employee Benefit Trust Board for a term expiring in May 2013; Eric Happekotte to the Tree Board for a term expiring in September 2013; Kristy Trevathan to the Mark Twain Home Board for a term to expire in November 2019.