During the week of National Tom Sawyer Days it seems only fitting that Tom Sawyer would make an appearance in Hannibal.
During the week of National Tom Sawyer Days it seems only fitting that Tom Sawyer would make an appearance in Hannibal. That happened during Tuesday night's City Council meeting when Tom Sawyer Jr. of Troy, Mich., spoke.
"That's my God-given name," said Sawyer, who reported he has been coming to Hannibal annually since 2010.
Sawyer, whose son - Tom Sawyer III - placed second in the national fence painting contest in 2011 - praised both the Hannibal Jaycees, the driving force behind the annual July 4 celebration, and the city.
Sawyer presented a "Tom Sawyer flag" that he requested the city fly at a downtown location during the upcoming week.
"I'd just like to see it flying," said Sawyer, who plans to stay in Hannibal until July 12.
In other business:
• Fire Chief Bill Madore read a letter of appreciation in behalf of the Fire Department regarding the actions of Jordan Cross, who helped save children from a burning house on Church Street on June 16.
• The Council accepted a $5,000 bid from Century Used Brick for the demolition of 213 Broadway.
• Also accepted was a $38,584 bid from River City Restorations for the stabilization of 211 Broadway.
• A service agreement was approved with the Hannibal Nutrition Center for senior meals and related services. The contract is for $18,357.
• Approval was given a contract for $4,500 with Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates. It will provide services to help the city locate the property boundaries at the city landfill site, which is needed to enable the city to administer current and future obligations.
• Another contract with Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates was approved for design services on the New London Gravel Road bridge, where problems with the bridge's expansion joints have been noted. The firm's fee will be $1,500.
• A drainage easement on the CVS/pharmacy property, at U.S. 61 and West Ely Road, was accepted. It deals with the relocation of a box culvert.
• The following appointments were approved: Tom Boland, reappointment for a term to expire in June 2016 to the Hannibal Municipal Assistance Corporation; Glen Ruhl, reappointment for a term to expire in January 2018 to the Hannibal Industrial Development Authority; Don Bastian, reappointment for a term to expire in June 2017 to the Planning and Zoning Commission.