The demolition of the old Maryland Hotel in downtown Hannibal remains on hold until AT&T personnel complete their work.
The phone company must relocate a number of lines that run through the former hotel at 314-16-18 Broadway. Those lines connect city hall to the outside world and also serve several downtown businesses.
"They haven't finished the splicing as far as the new cables, to transfer all the lines. They have the stuff laid up to it, but they haven't done any of the transfers yet," said Ron Bricker, project coordinator with Bricker Excavating/Demolition, which purchased the building last fall. "They've done the trenching, laying the new line, but they have not gone as far as to connect all the lines up and transfer it."
It had been anticipated the relocation of the phone lines would have been completed last week.
"We would have liked for them to have had their work done a long time ago so we could have started our part in bringing it down. It just makes everything slower," said Bricker, noting that the recent stretch of cold weather likely slowed the phone company's efforts. "The way we understand it they're supposed to have somebody on their way up hopefully this week to do the transfers so we can go ahead and start the disassembly."
Patience is the name of the game at this point.
"They're frustrated at city hall, too, with the progress, but they understand. That's what happens when you deal with St. Louis," chuckled Bricker.
"Their (Bricker's) hands are tied waiting on AT&T to finish up what they need to do, and we understand that," said Tina Bartz, management assistant in the Public Works Department. "We are just being patient. They (Bricker) are staying in contact with us and that means so much. Communication means a lot."
Bricker personnel have done as much prep work inside the building as they can so that once the phone company has completed its work and the state has given its approval, the process of bringing the structure down can begin.
"We're going to take the roof off first and just work our way down. That will work best because of its proximity to city hall," said Bricker. "It's not going to be something we just knock and let it fall. It's going to have to be more of a de-construction than a demolition."