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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Council passes on chance to buy downtown lot

  • While the Hannibal City Council was willing to dabble in the downtown real estate market last year, that doesn’t mean it’s interested in every parcel that comes available in the historic district. That point was made Tuesday night when the Council turned down a chance to buy a lot at 100 Bird St.
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  • While the Hannibal City Council was willing to dabble in the downtown real estate market last year, that doesn’t mean it’s interested in every parcel that comes available in the historic district. That point was made Tuesday night when the Council turned down a chance to buy a lot at 100 Bird St.
    Last October the Council paid $220,000 for the former Murphy Motors property, which it later sold to developers for just over $223,000. In contrast, the Council passed on the lot which carried a $40,000 asking price.
    City Manager Jeff LaGarce explained that after discussing the site with department heads it was agreed the lot would not provide suitable parking for buses.  
    In other business:
    • Pending a structural engineer’s report, LaGarce was given permission to seek qualified bids if an emergency demolition is required at 213 Broadway.
    • Letters of appreciation sent to the Police Department in regard to HPD officers Eric Sargent and Michael Routh were shared with the Council.
    • The Council approved a change of policy that will see the seeking of bids waived following an event that prompts a disaster declaration, such as the May 20 storm. According to LaGarce this step will allow repairs to be made in timely fashion.
    • Budget bills for fiscal year 2013-14 were given first reading.
    • Approval was given to spending fiscal year 2014 funds prior to the July 1 start of the fiscal year. Bond payments totaling $698,080 are due July 1.
    • The Council approved a request from the Convention & Visitors Bureau to declare smoking machine equipment for billboards surplus property for sale.
    • Hoffman-Lewis were approved to make media buys in behalf of the Convention & Visitors Bureau in fiscal year 2014.
    • A change of location for the June 24 Great Race was approved. The event will be shifted to streets adjacent to Central Park.
    • The $2,000 bid of Darrell’s Lawn Care was accepted for the mowing of the Old Baptist Cemetery.
    • First reading was given a bill pertaining to nuisance fire alarms. Accompanying it was a resolution outlining a fee schedule for nuisance alarms.
    • A proposal was tabled that would allow the Parks & Recreation Department to sell the pavilion and property at 409 Front Street (Y-Men’s Pavilion) to the Hannibal YMCA and Y-Men’s Club.
    • Provided it doesn’t conflict with any scheduled events at Fifth Street Baptist Church, Juneteenth organizers were given permission to use Fifth Street, between Broadway and Center, during its three-day event which begins June 19.
    • First reading was given a lease agreement between the city and Faye Dant and the Marion County Historical Society regarding the Welchman House (509 Third Street) for establishment of an African American History Museum. The lease payment will be $1 per year.
    Page 2 of 2 - • A five-year contract with Jviation, Inc., for airport engineering services was approved.
    • Street Department material bids were approved - gas and diesel, Big River Oil; aggregates, Central Stone; snow removal salt, North American Salt; liquid calcium chloride, Sicalco; concrete, Mark Twain Redi Mix; flowable fill, Mark Twain Redi Mix; asphalt, C.B. Asphalt; cold patch, Diamond Construction.
    • Randy Park was reappointed to the Board of Public Works Board for a term to expire in July 2017.
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