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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Council advised of unpaid merchant licenses

  • Approximately 30 business that either are operating in the city of Hannibal, or have in the past 12 months, run the risk of being shut down for not having a current merchant’s license.
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  • Approximately 30 business that either are operating in the city of Hannibal, or have in the past 12 months, run the risk of being shut down for not having a current merchant’s license. The list of businesses that have yet to secure their 2013-14 business license was presented to the City Council during its Tuesday night meeting.
    The list features a wide variety of business. It includes general contractors, an auto sales lot, antique shops, a janitorial service, restaurants, a real estate agent and a residential care facility.
    “Some of these are store-front businesses that continue to do business,” said City Clerk Angel Vance.
    “This is an ongoing problem and we seem to see the same businesses on the list every year,” said Phyllis Nelson, city collector.
    The license costs either $20, $40 or $100. The amount due the city totals a little over $2,000, according to Nelson.
    Each of the businesses on Nelson’s list has already been advised of the situation through a certified letter. Another certified letter will be dispatched Wednesday, according to Nelson
    The city collector noted that a number of the businesses are based out of town.
    “When we have some major event happen such as a heavy hail storm or the devastation we experienced in May from the storm, we get a lot of out-of-town businesses that are here for their specialized service needed at that time. They then leave not planning to renew, but they frequently will not let us know this,” wrote Nelson in a memo to the Council.
    Businesses not acting before October must now file a new license application and are subject to an inspection.
    Businesses have a 30-day window in which to protest in writing. If no protest is made the Police Department has the authority to “chain the doors to prevent further sales.”
    In other business:
    • The Council heard an easement request from Debbie Kendrick regarding the Kiowa Drive area. A 30-foot roadway and utility easement is being sought to 20.3 acres of land, located near the city’s old landfill, that is currently landlocked. The matter was tabled until Kendrick can confer with city staff.
    • First reading was given a bill rezoning from E-commercial to B-multiple family a 2,452 square foot tract of land at 207 A North Fifth St. The property is owned by Alice Pipkin.
    • First reading was given a bill adopting Missouri Department of Natural Resources environmental covenants on three commercial flood buyout properties - 200-02 South Main, 400 South 11th and 322 South Eighth.
    • Bob Stevenson, general manager of the BPW, provided the Council with an update regarding the various BPW departments and projects.
    • Second and final reading was given to a bill that keeps the city’s tax rate at $1.1414 per $100 assessed valuation, the same as in 2012.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Street closures were approved for the 65th annual Band Day Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The event will begin at 3 p.m.
    • The Hannibal Jaycees’ request for street closures needed for its Saturday, Oct. 19, Zombie/Pumpkin was approved.
    • The following committee and board appointments were approved: Dena Ellis, reappointed to the Landmarks and Monument Board for a term to expire in January 2016; Kim Ahrens appointed to the Library Board for a term to expire in June 2016; Dick Rupp reappointed to the Airport Advisory Board for a term to expire in September 2016; Debbie Catlett appointed to the Historic Development District Commission for a term to expire in may 2018.

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