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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Council gives red-light ordinance emergency reading

  • The Hannibal City Council gave an emergency reading to proposed changes to the city's ordinance regarding red-light cameras during a special call meeting Tuesday afternoon at City Hall.
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  • The Hannibal City Council gave an emergency reading to proposed changes to the city's ordinance regarding red-light cameras during a special call meeting Tuesday afternoon at City Hall.
    Following last week's state appeals court panel's ruling that running a red light is a moving violation for which state law requires points to be assessed against the driver, City Attorney James Lemon went to work on revising the city's ordinances so it will be in step with state guidelines.
    Lemon has completely removed the specialized red-light traffic language from city statutes. Those now caught by one of the city's four red-light camera systems will receive a standard ticket, such as a driver receives when viewed committing the offense by a police officer.
    By giving the revisions an emergency reading the changes take effect immediately.
    As an emergency measure the bill had to receive unanimous approval since three members of the Council were absent. Tuesday's vote was 4-0.
    In other business, both the Board of Public Works Board and City Council held special meetings to deal with issues relating to the sale of sewer revenue bonds.
    A resolution was approved that accepts a proposal for underwriting services from Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, one of four firms submitting proposals.
    First reading was given a bill authorizing the issuance of the bonds. A final reading will occur at the Council's Tuesday, Nov. 19, meeting. At that point the final interest rates will be determined on the 20-year bonds.
    It was noted during Tuesday's meeting that the sale of the city's sewer bonds will occur on Nov. 19.

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