The Hannibal City Council went into closed session Tuesday night to review the lone proposal it had received from a party interested in obtaining the former Murphy Motors building.
Going into closed session to review the sealed plan for the property was not done unanimously. Councilman Kevin Lionberger voted against going behind closed doors.
Earlier in the meeting, former mayor John Lyng advised the Council to rethink its plans to go into closed session to discuss the possible sale of the property at 422 N. Main St., explaining that because of the circumstances surrounding the proposal the Sunshine Law did not apply to this particular real estate matter. City Attorney James Lemon disagreed, explaining that because the Council was dealing with a sealed bid, it could still legally go into closed session under the Sunshine Law.
The Council also heard from downtown businessman Ken Marks, who encouraged the Council to reopen the bidding process, if the proposal it was reviewing Tuesday night was unacceptable. He did request that people be given more time to prepare their proposals.
The Council decided at its Nov. 20 meeting to accept proposals on the property. Those plans had to be at city hall in advance of Tuesday night’s meeting.
In other business:
• A demolition contract with Smashey & Sons was approved. It will tear down buildings at 316-318 Bird and 1516 Guernsey. The total amount of the contract is $16,000.
• Bricker Excavating was awarded demolition contracts at 801-803 Union and 1105 Sierra. The total charge for the work is $13,000.
• A demolition contract for $3,980 was approved with Amer-Yenom LLC. The condemned property is at 1019 Pleasant Street.
• The Council authorized the mayor to execute a pest management proposal with Big River Pest Control for the removal of pigeons. The fee will be $5,500.
• Authorization was granted to sign an application to abandon certain streets in the flood area. The streets being abandoned include Colfax from Ninth Street to just west of Maple, with the exception of the area between Ninth and 10th Streets. Also included are portions of 10th and Maple Streets.
As part of a property agreement between the city and Randy Park of Printex, Park pledges to maintain the Hannibal Machine property once it is demolished and converted into an outdoor recreation area. The cost to the city will be $1,309 in survey costs.
Park’s street abandonment request will now go before the Planning & Zoning Commission.
• The Council approved moving its first meeting of 2013 from Tuesday, Jan. 1, to Wednesday, Jan. 2.
• A bill authorizing a municipal election on April 2, 2013, was given first reading. Up for election will be the job of mayor along with Council seats in the second, fourth and sixth wards.
Page 2 of 2 - • First reading was given a bill adopting three documents pertaining to the Police & Fire Retirement Plan. The documents were included in a favorable determination letter from the IRS.
• Approval was given to declare as surplus a 1990 Dodge pickup in the Street Department fleet so it can be sold.
• Kristy Trevathan was reappointed to the Hannibal Tree Board for a term to expire in September 2015.