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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Council approves funding for street tree survey

  • A detailed inventory of trees along streets will be undertaken later this year.
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  • A detailed inventory of trees along streets will be undertaken later this year. Approval of the city’s share of the project was given by the Hannibal City Council during Tuesday night’s meeting.
    A total of $12,500 has been committed to pay for the survey, $10,000 of which is coming via a Missouri TRIM Grant that was secured by the Hannibal Tree Board. The remaining funds represent the required local match.
    Because the funding is not enough to pay for a city-wide survey of trees on city right-of-way, the inventory will be comprised of the eastern portions of Hannibal where most “street trees” are located. That area also features some of the communities oldest trees on city property.
    Why go to the trouble and expense of a street tree survey. City Manager Jeff LaGarce offered the following reasons:
    • It will provide an accessible database and mapping system for inclusion on the city’s website.
    • It allows the city to identify disease inventories and take adequate measures.
    • It provides a method of identifying hazardous trees for removal.
    • It enables Hannibal to develop, improve and promote urban forestry.
    • It allows the city to develop and maintain tree maintenance and pruning schedules.
    • It helps in the evaluation of tree damage and loss after severe storms.
    The survey will be conducted by the Davey Resource Group, which submitted the lone proposal.
    In other business:
    • Second and final reading was given a “vendor agreement” with Ken and Lisa Marks, representing the Hannibal History Museum Foundation, and their fiscal agent the Marion County Historical Society.
    The Marks will oversee operation of the Molly Brown House when it reopens this spring.
    City Attorney James Lemon outlined some revisions to the agreement requested by Terrell and Vicki Dempsey, who donated the house to the city in August 2007.
    According to Lemon, the property must only be used for museum-type purposes, otherwise the Dempseys will seek to have returned the personal property items that are still on display inside the attraction.
    • Councilmen Jamie Locke, Barry Louderman and James Hark were appointed to a task force that will be representing the city when contract talks begin with the Fire Department union this spring. It will be the first post-Fire Board union negotiations, noted LaGarce.
    • The Council approved a resolution that adopts the Missouri Prompt Payment Policy. The policy is not in conflict with current city ordinances, according to Doug Warren, city finance director.
    • A public hearing was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, regarding the rezoning of 700, 712, 714 and 718 Grand Ave. from C-Local Business to B-Multiple Family.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Approval was given for a temporary parking ban on Brookside Drive from Feb. 7 through Feb. 9 to accommodate parking during the Tom and Becky Swim Invitational.
    • Deputy Fire Chief Mike Benjamin introduced new firefighter Sean McHargue to the Council. He is a life-long resident of Hannibal.
    • The following appointments were approved: Frank Salter, reappointment to the Landmarks and Monument Board for a term that expires in January 2017; Kevin Rushing, appointment to the Park Board for an unexpired term that expires in January 2015.
     
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