While many are making plans for Easter, the use of a city park for a Christmas program was up for consideration during Tuesday night’s Hannibal City Council meeting.

While many are making plans for Easter, the use of a city park for a Christmas program was up for consideration during Tuesday night’s Hannibal City Council meeting.

The Crossing Church had sought use of Central Park, located across Broadway from the church in downtown Hannibal, on Dec. 5, 6 and 7 for a Journey to Bethlehem event. In addition to use of the park, the church initially had requested that streets surrounding the park be closed each day from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

While the closing of Fourth Street, on the east side of the park, did not present an issue, city officials were reluctant to close Broadway and Center Street. Another potential conflict was the Jaycees’ Christmas parade on Dec. 6. The parade route takes it down Broadway.

Before the Council had to make a tough decision, Randy Drish, campus pastor for The Crossing's Hannibal congregation, announced that the event has been pushed back a week. He also advised the Council that Central Park was no longer needed and no street closures would be required. The new location, which was OK’d by the Council, will utilize the Bear Creek Trail, starting on South Main Street.

“The trail is a perfect location,” said Drish, noting that guests walking the trail will wind up at a live nativity where the trail ends at Sixth Street.

A conservative estimate is the event will bring in 1,500 people. However, Drish said the total could easily approach 4,000.

In other business;

• Approval was given to issue a construction contract to D & L Excavating, Inc., worth $245,648 for the construction of a new sidewalk along a portion of Palmyra Road.

• An engineering service agreement was approved with Poepping, Stone, Bach and

Associates, Inc., and Waters Edge Design for a lump sum not to exceed $86,400 for the design and renovations to the Hannibal Aquatic Center.

• The Parks and Recreation Department was approved to purchase Imagination Playground Blocks. The blocks, which “encourages learning, social development (and) movement” by children, will be used at the Hannibal Aquatic Center during the summer and at the Sensory Room of the Admiral Coontz Armory at other times. The low bid was $10,555.

• A $10,000 contract with Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates, Inc., was approved. The firm has been hired to devise a solution for a drainage problem on D’Ville Street.

• An amendment was approved to the operation agreement between the city and Hannibal History Museum regarding the operation of the Molly Brown House.

Because a bonding requirement set by the city could not be fulfilled, the city has agreed to accept a cash deposit of $2,500 in lieu of a bond through a bonding company. The terms are that Ken and Lisa Marks are to pay $750 down and monthly payments of $400 until the $2,500 is paid.

• Approval was given the city’s five-year capital improvement’s program. It had previously been giving a public hearing by Planning and Zoning during its March 13 meeting.

• A public hearing was scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, regarding a request from Clark and Maria Cruikshank that 311 N. Sixth be designated an Individual Local Historic Landmark.

The Historic District Development Commission (HDDC) will hold a public hearing on the matter on April 28. Once that public hearing is held the Planning and Zoning Commission will hear the petition at its May 15 meeting.

• The Council approved the use of firearms by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service team that will be used to reduce the deer population at Hannibal Regional Airport.

• Second and final reading was given a bill that will terminate the designation of a “redevelopment area” and the tax increment financing associated with the city of Hannibal’s floodwall construction project.

• Approval was given the request for street closures during National Tom Sawyer Days, July 2 through 6.

• The Council OK’d a request for street closures during the Shine a Light on Autism’s Lighthouse Challenge on Saturday, April 12.

• A request was approved from the Y Men’s Club regarding street closures and public consumption of alcohol during Down By the River events on May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10.

• Also approved was the Y Men’s Club’s request for street closures and public consumption of alcohol during its annual Mud Volleyball Tournament June 25 through July 9.

• Street closures necessary for the Hannibal public school district to stage its annual 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 10, was approved.

• Harry Graves was appointed to the Tree Board for a term to expire in September 2017.