City Council recognizes Teens in Motion, the Missouri Welcome Center and the Hannibal Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue Team.

At first glance Teens in Motion, the Missouri Welcome Center and the Hannibal Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue Team would seem to have little in common. However, on Tuesday night, May 16, each entity was recognized for its respective efforts during the Hannibal City Council meeting.

Teens in Motion, which is in its inaugural year, was saluted after donating $3,057 to the Hannibal Police Department's D.A.R.E. Program. The money was raised through a fund-raiser the group undertook.

Mike Spurgeon accepted in behalf of the Missouri Welcome Center a certificate of appreciation from the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau in recognition of it being an “outstanding tourism partner.”

Capt. Ben Devlin, Capt. Jeff Moore, Engineer Dustin Royal and Engineer Shawn Smith, members of the Swift Water Rescue Team, were recognized for their recent life-saving work during flooding in southeast Missouri.

In other business:

• The Council accepted the $6.385 million bid from Chester Bross Construction Company for the city's upcoming street improvement project.

• A request for a bid waiver and permission to buy a new ladder truck was granted the Fire Department. Minus the trade-in credit the cost will be $488,000.

To pay for the truck a lease-purchase agreement with Clayton Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Commerce Bank, was also approved.

• A contract worth $4,200 was OK'd with Architechnics for Phase 1 work on a new Convention and Visitors Bureau office location.

• A bid of $2,500 was accepted from Karen Burditt for a 2000 Ford Ranger. A bid of $2,856 had been accepted from Burditt for the truck on May 2. However, an error in the vehicle's mileage was advertised, prompting her to withdraw her bid. Her bid of $2,500 was still the high bid for the pickup.

• The American Cancer Society was granted street closures in downtown Hannibal in conjunction with its Relay for Life event on Friday, June 2.

• The Mark Twain Museum was granted permission to have open consumption of alcohol on city property during Music Under the Stars concerts that begin Thursday, June 1.

• Permission was given to fire blanks in Nipper Park during upcoming Bluff City Theater performances of “Boys in Autumn.”

• Alan Bowen reported on the weekend's record-setting car show in downtown Hannibal. He advised the Council three businesses had complained because of congestion near their locations. Bowen thanked the city for its support.

• Reappointed to the Hannibal Library Board were J'Nelle Lee and Sara North. Their terms expire in June 2020.

• Don Bastian was reappointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a term that expires in June 2021.

• The Council gave final reading to the Internal Revenue Service restated Policemen and Firemen's Retirement Plan Document.

• Final readings were given bills relating to the passage by voters of Propositions 1, 2 and 3 last month.

• The Council shifted its first meeting in July from Tuesday, July 4, to Wednesday, July 5. The meeting at City Hall will begin at 7 p.m.

 

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com