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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Council adjusts budget to cover storm damage

  • It’s been almost nine months since the damaging May 20 storm roared through Hannibal. On Tuesday night, the City Council approved a resolution adjusting the 2014 budget so that a damage settlement payment can officially be accepted from the city’s insurer, the Missouri Intergovermental Risk Management Association (MIRMA).
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  • It’s been almost nine months since the damaging May 20 storm roared through Hannibal. On Tuesday night, the City Council approved a resolution adjusting the 2014 budget so that a damage settlement payment can officially be accepted from the city’s insurer, the Missouri Intergovermental Risk Management Association (MIRMA).
    Among the city properties sustaining damage during the May storm was the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located in the basement of Fire Station No. 3 off of Arapaho Street. An emergency management radio tower was brought down by high winds, which reportedly approached 100 mph. When the tower fell it crossed electrical wires which caused damage to the emergency generator and an electrical panel at the EOC.
    According to Doug Warren, city finance director, “all insurance reimbursements must be credited to revenue accounts. Whereas, the expenditures must be contained on the expense side of the ledger; good accounting practice will not allow the reimbursement check to be deposited into the expense line.”
    That prompted the need for a budget amendment to “acknowledge the extra revenue and the expense lines will be bolstered by an amount equal to the insurance reimbursement,” wrote Warren in a memo to the Council.
    The amount of revenue being split between the Internal Service and Emergency Service funds is $24,885.02.
    Damage repairs totaled $25,885.02 - tower work, $16,211; generator repairs, $6,907.24; and electrical work, $2,766.78. There was a $1,000 deductible.
    In other business:
    • A public hearing, relating to the Downtown Floodwall TIF closeout was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18.
    • As is required annually, the Council gave first reading to a bill amending city bid limits. No purchase shall be made without first advertising for sealed bids under the following criteria: Purchases of personal property at or above $4,450 (up from $4,355); Purchases for repairs on buildings and light equipment at or above $11,950 (up from $11,760); Purchases for repairs on heavy equipment or for construction of infrastructural facilities at or above $26,300 (up from $25,875); Purchases of service contracts at or above $5,400 (up from $5,300).”
    • An emergency reading was given a Police Department payroll ordinance for the salary of an office assistant. City Manager Jeff LaGarce explained in a memo that the ordinance “addresses severe workload problems created by a fall court ruling in Missouri; specifically, photo enforcement convictions in Missouri must be assessed motorist points. The time and attention necessary to comply with these processes has created tremendous workload burdens.”
    The measure, which required a two-thirds approval vote because it was an emergency item, was passed unanimously.
    • The Council declared as surplus properties four sets of tire chains that the Street Department has not used in seven or eight years, according to Street Superintendent Leon Wallace. As surplus equipment the chains will be sold to the Ralls County Highway Department for $60 a set, totaling $240.
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