The downtown paving project will not be expanded to include North Street. The Hannibal City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday night to not spend an additional $7,500 to put a coat of asphalt on the concrete street.
The proposal was brought forward by Councilman Mike Dobson, who referred to North Street as a gateway to the downtown area.
Brian Chaplin, project manager for the city, acknowledged that North Street does need work, especially from Main Street east to the alley. However, he noted the asphalt would reflect the damaged subsurface in a short amount of time.
The crumbling street is not included in the city’s five-year street plan.
“We’re still trying to get caught up with our asphalt streets,” said Mark Rees, city engineer.
Councilman Kevin Lionberger, who pointed out a lot of residential streets are in “bad shape,” said asphalt is not the answer on North Street.
“Concrete is the solution, not a layer of asphalt,” he said.
Mayor Roy Hark openly wondered where the project might go next - “River Road?”
Dobson proposed cutting the repaving in half, only covering the worst part of the pavement from Main Street to the alley next to the former Murphy Motors building. Reducing the scope of the work would have cut the cost by roughly half.
Voting “no” were Mayor Hark and Councilmen James Hark, Jamie Locke and Lionberger. In favor of the measure were Dobson and Councilman Barry Louderman. Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Knickerbocker was absent.
In other business:
• Louderman saluted the work of police investigators in the quick apprehension of suspects in the fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk last week. Chief Lyndell Davis said he had never been prouder of his officers during his tenure as chief.
• Poole Communications was awarded a contract for $26,243 for the printing of the 2014 Hannibal Visitor Guide. Three bids were received. Poole’s was the low bid.
• A contract for $1,995 was approved with BFM Graphics to layout and design the 2014 Hannibal Visitor Guide. A total of three bids were received. BFM’s was the low bid.
• The Council agreed to have a special meeting at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the request of the Board of Public Works. The meeting will be in regards to the BPW’s planned bond sales.
• Second and final 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.
• Final approval was given a bill adopting Missouri Department of Natural Resources environmental covenants on three commercial flood buyout properties - 700-02 South Main, 400 South 11th and 322 South Eighth.
Page 2 of 2 - • Albert Higdon was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Police and Firemen’s Retirement Board. The term expires in December 2016.