Fewer ordinances approved by the Hannibal City Council will be appearing in the Hannibal Courier-Post in the future.
City Clerk Angel Vance sought approval from the Council to utilize more frequently a charter change regarding the publication of ordinances approved by voters in April 2005. At the time, voters approved deleting a section of the charter which stated ordinances would be adopted and approved upon their publication. The charter was amended so that all ordinances would be considered approved on the day they were adopted.
While approved in 2005, the policy was not strictly followed, according to Vance.
“Past practice has been to publish any ordinance that would have a direct impact or necessary information to the citizens of Hannibal,” she wrote in a memo to the Council. “While I do not suggest eliminating the publication entirely, I do recommend to begin publishing by title only, referring to our website or office for the complete version.”
The decision to scale back the number of ordinances published comes down to dollars and cents. Vance pointed out that it recently cost just over $2,000 to publish the liquor license amendment.
“This fiscal year we have budgeted $15,000 for publication costs. While there are still things we must publish in their entirety, public hearing notices, etc., I would expect our publication expenses to drop by at least half,” wrote Vance.
In other business:
• A proclamation regarding breast cancer awareness, designating October “Paint the Town Pink” month in Hannibal, was read by Mayor Roy Hark.
• The results of the August election were certified. Approved were a pair of Board of Public Works propositions.
• A preliminary resolution authorizing a land lease agreement between the city and Survival Flight, Inc., was approved. The company plans to base its air ambulatory service at Hannibal Regional Airport.
• A public hearing regarding the city’s 2013 property tax levy was scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
• Jon Obermann was reappointed to the Hannibal Municipal Assistance Corporation for a term to expire in June 2016.
• A request was approved from the Board of Public Works regarding street closures during its Family Fun night on Thursday, Oct. 10.
• Second reading was given a bill detailing the Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop’s fee increase request that will appear on the November municipal ballot. A request of $1.20 a month is being sought.
• Also given its final reading was a city code amendment regarding recycling. The ordinance clarifies some of the issues which have arisen over time regarding the recycling program.