A little over a year since some physical renovations were wrapped up in council chambers at Hannibal City Hall, another round of improvements are in the works. On Tuesday night the City Council approved some audio/visual upgrades.
Those council chambers changes will include:
• Suspending two projectors from the ceiling.
• Installation of motorized 65-inch by 104-inch projector screens on the front and rear walls in the meeting room.
• Addition of a digital signal processor for mixing and routing of comments by Council members to a digital recorder.
• Purchase of an audio amplifier that will be connected to six speakers which will be suspended from the ceiling.
“This will be a much needed upgrade,” said City Clerk Angel Vance.
Three quotes were submitted, according to Vance. The proposal best meeting the city’s needs was submitted by Communitronics of St. Louis.
Communitronics’ bid of $36,166 is $6,166 more than the city has budgeted. Vance reports that $30,000 of the funds will come from the City Hall Capital Outlay Fund. The remainder will be taken from the Contingency Fund.
Last year, just under $18,000 was spent to install new carpeting, replace the wood on the Council dais, resurface the conference table, do some painting and reupholster audience seats in council chambers. Also added were mural images of Mark Twain, the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse, and Tom and Huck statue.
In other business:
• Approval was given a change order in the amount of $196,654 to Bleigh Construction for additional construction charges on the downtown sidewalk project.
• First reading was given a bill implementing a proficiency exam for electrical and plumbing service providers.
• The rezoning of a lot in the McClelland Subdivision from B-multiple family to D-highway business was given first reading.
• A request from Four Neighbors, LLC, to vacate an access alley off of Center Street was given first reading by the Council. Both sides of the alley are owned by the LLC.
• First reading was given a request from Bobby Boland to vacate two 16-foot wide alleys that are being used by the Boland site in Oakwood. The dealership owns the property on both sides of the alleys.
• The Council accepted the $6,000 bid of Brad Craven for a farm lease agreement at Hannibal Regional Airport.
• Second and final reading was given a proposal that will see the city abandon Colfax Avenue from 11th Street to a point just west of Maple Street, portions of 10th and Maple streets, and an alley between Printex and where the Hannibal Machine building once stood.
• Resolutions were approved granting permanent utility easements to the Hannibal Board of Public Works and Southwestern Bell along portions of Colfax, 10th and Maple streets that are being abandoned.
Page 2 of 2 - • The mayor was authorized to a 30-day contact extension to Sutton Enterprises to complete commercial flood buyout demolitions.
• The Council approved a special warranty deed accepting conveyance of 1058 Collier St. to the city for $10 in conjunction with certain street abandonments in that area.
• Second and final reading was given a bill accepting the Breckenridge Estates Subdivision.
• The Council OK’d the BPW accepting a proposal from Gilmore Bell to serve as bond counsel for the proposed issuance of bonds for the purpose of raising funds to make improvements to the city’s water and sewer systems.
• The Council gave a “thumbs up” to the Parks & Recreation Department’s future plans for the North Main parking lot.
• Street closures were approved to accommodate the Hannibal public school district’s 5K run/walk on May 4.
Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Knickerbocker challenged other members of the Council and the Hannibal public school board to join him and City Manager Jeff LaGarce in participating in the event.
• The Council approved the reappointment of William Tate to the Hannibal Housing Authority for a term to expire in 2017.