Plans for the North Main Street Recreation Area will be moving forward. On Tuesday night, the Hannibal City Council gave its approval to a contract between the Parks Department and Bleigh Construction regarding the planned improvements.
The project, an off shoot of the downtown sidewalk project, will be focused on the front entrance to the North Main Street parking lot. There the contractor will pour concrete, move electrical and water lines, install a water sprinkling system and a drinking fountain. When completed, the rec area will also feature an informational kiosk for downtown events, benches, trees, flower beds and event boxes.
The project will cost $26,130. A total of $30,000 was budgeted for the site’s development.
Andy Dorian, director of the Parks Department, noted that by pursuing the development as a separate project, rather than a change order, it will save the city money and possible delays.
In other business:
• First reading was given a pair of bills that will see bond issues placed on the Aug. 6 ballot. One measure (Proposition W) would raise $12.96 million for water system improvements. The other measure (Proposition S) would generate $8.865 million for improvements to the sewer system.
• Bob Stevenson, general manager of the Hannibal Board of Public Works, discussed the BPW’s 2013-14 budget. It includes 4 percent rate hikes in water and sewer, and a 3 percent increase for electricity.
• A custodial services contract was approved with Building Stars for $16,980.
• Approval was given an engineering service agreement between the city and Klingner & Associates for an amount not to exceed $14,400 for Phase Three of the flood buyout park development.
• A $2,500 contract was OK’d with Poepping, Stone and Bach and Associates for engineering services relative to the city’s annual storm water management report.
• A sixth change order worth $4,755 was approved between the city and Chester Bross Construction regarding the Paris Gravel Road improvement project.
• The Council approved and adopted the city’s five-year capital improvement plan.
• The results of the April municipal election were certified. The oath of office was administered to Mayor Roy Hark, Second Ward Councilman Mike Dobson, Fourth Ward Councilman Barry Louderman and Sixth Ward Councilman Jamie Locke.
• The Council OK’d alcohol sales and consumption during Music Under the Stars events, which begin May 30 and end Aug. 29.
• Street closures were approved and the carnival fee was waived to accommodate National Tom Sawyer Days, July 3 through 6.
• A “Plan B” for the Loafers’ Saturday, May 11, car show was presented to the Council. The event will shift from Main Street to Broadway, from Fourth to Sixth Street.
• Street closures, and alcohol sales and public consumption of alcohol were approved during the Monday, June 24, stop of the Great Race in Hannibal.
Page 2 of 2 - • As part of National Travel Tourism Week a certificate of appreciation was read recognizing the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council for its efforts.
• A proclamation was read honoring City Clerk Angel Vance during Municipal Clerk Week.
• Provided some easement issues are resolved, a request was approved from Dennis Kolarik to have a one acre plot of land at the end of Riverside accepted as a minor subdivision plot. He intends to build a duplex or single housing unit on the lot.
• Mayor Roy Hark read a proclamation regarding the Northeast Missouri Mental Health Coalition. Pat Berg, president of the coalition, made a presentation regarding mental health. May is Mental Health Month.
• The Council approved street closure requests from the Hannibal public school district during the high school commencement on Thursday, May 23.