A proposed development by Preferred Family Healthcare (PFH) has received an official endorsement from the Hannibal City Council.

A proposed development by Preferred Family Healthcare (PFH) has received an official endorsement from the Hannibal City Council. The Council approved issuing a letter of support during Tuesday night’s meeting at city hall.
The development, which will include residential housing, will be constructed on 18 acres of land on Munger Lane, behind Walmart. Among other things it will feature a 25-unit residential subdivision to accommodate individuals with “special needs.”
Councilman Mike Dobson asked why the development isn’t being constructed in an area of the city that is “blighted.” Pam Leyhe of PFH explained that building near the River Bend Shopping Center would meet one of the criteria set forth by the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC).
Leyhe added it would be a challenge putting the project downtown because of its close proximity to the historic district. Another concern with the downtown was being able to provide ample parking.
“We looked downtown, but couldn’t find any building that met all our needs,” said Leyhe.  
The endorsement the city is providing will accompany PFH’s request to the MHDC seeking housing tax credits.
While the development has the Council’s support, it is not home free. To accommodate the housing, at least a portion of the plat will have to be rezoned. Mayor Roy Hark noted that when the project goes before the Planning & Zoning Commission there could be an “uproar.”
In other business:
• New signage will greet visitors to America’s Hometown next year. Designs for the five welcome signs, which will cost $16,591, were approved by the Council.
• A $9,739 budget amendment was approved regarding an insurance settlement resulting from storm-related damage done to a fire truck on May 21.  
• First reading was given a commercial land lease agreement with Survival Flight, Inc., for the installation and operation of an air ambulance service at Hannibal Regional Airport.
• A street closure request was approved to accommodate the ninth annual Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 26.
• The Council approved passing along to customers who make payments by credit/debit cards a “convenience fee” of $1.50 for charges of $50 and less and 2.49 percent for charges over $50. Voting against the measure was Third Ward Councilman Kevin Lionberger.
• First reading was given a bill authorizing a contract between the city and Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for funding of a crack-seal project at the airport.
• A public hearing was scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, for the rezoning of property at 207 N. Fifth St.
• A Traffic Committee recommendation to install a handicapped parking space at 412A N. Sixth Street was approved.
• The following appointments were approved: Ed Tamerius, reappointment to the Hannibal Tree Advisory Board for a term to expire in September 2016; Mark Abel, appointment to the Hannibal Convention & Visitor’s Bureau for a term to expire in September 2018.