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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • City takes more steps to save money

  • The reorganization of the city of Hannibal, to make it more fiscally friendly, took another step Tuesday night when the City Council gave an emergency reading to a payroll bill that impacts the Department of Public Works and Police Department. Passage of the measure required a two-thirds vote.
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  • The reorganization of the city of Hannibal, to make it more fiscally friendly, took another step Tuesday night when the City Council gave an emergency reading to a payroll bill that impacts the Department of Public Works and Police Department. Passage of the measure required a two-thirds vote.
    The approved bill:
    • Modifies the salary of the Engineer Assistant/Public Works Superintendent with respect to eliminating the city engineer position and combining jobs.
    • Authorizes both salary and position for the hiring of a Pro-Act Officer at HPD, whose duties in part would include the enforcement of bench warrants.
    • Authorizes both salary and positions for the hiring of two police officers. This initiative eliminates $161,000 of HPD’s $255,000 overtime bill, but adds $110,000 in new personnel costs, representing a net savings of $51,000 annually.
    “The specific initiatives in this bill total $196,175 in net savings, but are part of larger initiatives, including the city engineer reduction, that total $261,000 to $266,000 annually to the city’s favor,” wrote City Manager Jeff LaGarce in a memo to the Council.
    LaGarce advised that re-organizational savings measures have totaled $414,815 annually, thus far.
    “All savings will not occur immediately; the city engineer position is attendant with short-term severance, and new police officers must be hired and trained. But all these measures create permanent city savings, significantly improving our bottom line this year, with 100 percent realization next year,” he wrote. “More recommendations will soon follow.”
    In other business:
    • A resolution was approved opposing the expansion of the federal definition for “Waters of the United States” to include non-navigable ditches and storm water flows in communities.
    • Approval was given a resolution supporting Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of all sales tax exemption bills. The measure also urges state Sen. Brian Munzlinger and state Rep. Lindell Shumake to support those vetoes and refrain from efforts to override any of the bills.
    • The Fire Department’s request to purchase a new fire truck from Smeal Fire Apparatus/Leo M. Ellebracht Co. Smeal was put on hold until September when the city will know whether or not sales tax breaks were reinstated by the Missouri Legislature during its veto session.
    The lowest of two bids received for the truck was for $455,867. A change order not to exceed $9,100 is also part of the proposal.
    • The Parks and Recreation Department was given the OK to enter into an agreement with Sport Court Midwest regarding the overlay of the Huckleberry Park tennis courts. The St. Louis firm’s bid is for $144,550.
    • The Police Department was given the green light to spend $44,844 for new microwave radio communication equipment. The bid from A&W Communications, Inc., of Eolia was the lower of two bids received.
    Page 2 of 2 - • A resolution was passed approving a contract of obligation between the city and Missouri Department of Natural Resources, regarding the post-closure costs of the Hannibal landfill. A DNR analysis earlier this year indicated the total cost of the financial assurance instrument for the site could be reduced from $359,569 to $305,900.
    • The Hannibal Arts Council’s request for street closures and alcohol sales during the 38th annual Historic Folklife Festival was approved. The event is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19.
    • The Council approved amending a request from the Hannibal History Museum to use city owned property during the Big River Steampunk Festival on both Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 and 31. The municipal lot at Bird and Main Streets will now be utilized both days of the event instead of just on Saturday.
    • A request from Scott’s Chapel UMC for street closures so it can stage its annual block party was approved. The 1800 block of Hope Street, from Griffith to Locust streets, will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6.
    • Approval was given an Illinois Department of Transportation resolution regarding the Hannibal Clinic Health Services’ Mississippi River Run on Saturday, Aug. 23.
    • The following board appointments were approved: Brandi Lionberger, reappointed to the Library Board for a term to expire in June 2017; David Clayton, appointed to the Library Board for a term to expire in June 2017; Sara North, appointed to the Library Board for a term to expire in June 2017; Emily Frank, reappointed to the Park Board for a term to expire in July 2017.
     

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