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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Council approves parking request

  • Call it a parking partnership.
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  • Call it a parking partnership.
    The city of Hannibal and Bill Martin of Moses Bates Pub have come to an agreement regarding tour bus parking and the parking of Martin’s employees.
    Tourist buses will be allowed to park on the parking lot just south of the Mark Twain Brewing Co. on North Main Street. In turn, the City Council has agreed to allow Martin’s workers to park on the eastern end of North Street.
    “Employee parking on this stub would help him (Martin) accommodate parking otherwise displaced by bus activity,” wrote City Manager Jeff LaGarce in a memo to the Council. “Martin’s site is likely to incur general tourist parking - whether or not they patronize his business – so this additional parking area for his employees would be useful.”
    LaGarce foresees few conflicts by allowing the east end of North Street to be used as a parking area.
    “This is a ‘dead-end’ stub. North Street will never be extended through the floodwall,” he said. “To the staff’s knowledge, this area is used only for vehicle parking for floodwall maintenance, and perhaps mud volleyball.”
    While the public parking area has Council approval, no city signage will be erected “to avoid creating any public impression of HPD enforcement.”
    In other business:
    • A letter of appreciation from attorney Stephen Ray Porter regarding Animal Control Officer Robert Stout was shared with the Council.
    “He went out of his way to provide service,” said LaGarce.
    • Budget and payroll bills for 2014-15 were given first reading.
    Doug Warren, city finance director, said the budget is “solid and balanced,” while adding it is also “tight.”
    Warren added that while most city employees will not be receiving a raise, no jobs are being eliminated.
    • Approval was given a two-year service agreement between the city and AT&T. The accepted option will provide a 24-month term for landline services at a base rate of $28 per line.
    According to City Clerk Angel Vance, since a previous agreement expired the city has seen fees rise as high as $72 per line.
    • Bids for gasoline and diesel fuel, aggregates, snow removal salt, liquid calcium chloride, concrete, flowable fill, asphalt and cold patch were reviewed and approved.
    • Permission was given Leon Wallace, street superintendent, to order a used street sweeper for $120,000. LaGarce said $194,000 has been budgeted for the purpose.
    • First reading was given a bill accepting the Sleep Inn Hotel Subdivision. The Bross Family Limited Partnership #1 subdivision is currently zoned F-Industrial, which Director of Public Works Mark Rees said is appropriate as the partnership’s proposed use of the property is to sell a portion of the subdivision for future development of a hotel near Hannibal Regional Hospital.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Approval was given to adjusting the budget over the last 90 days. Phyllis Nelson, city collector, added that no money will be adjusted between funds without Council permission.
    • Permission was granted to write off delinquent personal taxes for the 2010 tax year in the amount of $25,959.45. Nelson noted that amount could shrink by June 30 when the fiscal year ends.
    “We are already seeing more of a percentage being paid largely due to the county collecting our taxes for us,” said Nelson, explaining that county taxes must be paid before someone can acquire and/or renew their vehicle license plates.
    • A resolution was approved amending the fiscal year 2014 budget to recognize additional revenues and expenditures relative to storm damage, downtown tree purchases, Fire Department donations, welcome signage and the airport crack-seal project.
    • Street closures were approved to coincide with the Loafers Car Club’s Car Cruise-In on Saturday, Sept. 13.
    • The following appointments were approved: Sharon Colbert was re-appointed to the Board of Adjustment for a term to expire in May 2019; Sara North was re-appointed to the Historic District Development Commission for a term to expire in May 2019.
     

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