On a vote of 4-3 the Hannibal City Council on Tuesday night declined to have a rezoning proposal read for property that is bordered on the north by Pleasant Street and by St. Mary's Avenue and U.S. 61 on the east and west. The request sought to have the land rezoned from One and Two Family to D-Highway Business.
Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Knickerbocker, who along with Councilmen James Hark and Jamie Locke, and Mayor Roy Hark voted against having the proposal read, indicated there were just too many unknowns. He added that if the Council rezoned the lot the city would essentially lose control over what could go on the property.
Jeremy Ketterer, whose mother Deborah requested the rezoning change, said a "reputable" company was prepared to buy the lot and develop the site, provided the rezoning was approved.
Neighbors renewed their complaints that a new business would increase traffic and noise along northern St. Mary's, while potentially lowering their property values.
In other business:
• The Council approved the concept of allowing Harold and Kathleen Haycraft a residential access road from Lover's Leap Road. An assortment of items must be dealt with before the agreement can be finalized.
• Approval was given to paying $20,500 to Lake Construction for the removal of sediment in Bear Creek.
• The Council approved a purchase card contract with US Bank that gives the city greater control over how the cards can be used.
• Second and final 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 a final reading.
• A request from Four Neighbors, LLC, to vacate an access alley off of Center Street was given second and final reading by the Council. Both sides of the alley are owned by the LLC.
• Final 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.
• Approval was given a request for street closures during the Freedom 5-K run on Saturday, Nov. 9.
• The closing of a street and alleyway on Wednesday, June 5, was approved to accommodate the Digging Equipment Expo.
• A Traffic Committee recommendation to install "no parking" signs on the north side of Hill Street, in the area directly in front of 1106 Hill St., to allow tour buses going to Rockcliffe Mansion the radius needed to turn from Stillwell Place onto Hill.
• The Council scheduled a budget work session on Wednesday, May 22. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at city hall.
Page 2 of 2 - • A public hearing pertaining to the 2014 budget was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, at city hall.