A proposed city of Hannibal budget that includes funds for among other things street overlays and repairs, riverfront renovations, a new tourism facility and a 3.1 percent pay increase, was given a first reading by the City Council Tuesday night, but not before two members of the public voiced concerns during a public hearing.

A proposed city of Hannibal budget that includes funds for among other things street overlays and repairs, riverfront renovations, a new tourism facility and a 3.1 percent pay increase, was given a first reading by the City Council Tuesday night, but not before two members of the public voiced concerns during a public hearing.

John Lyng recommended revising the budget to include funds for a city engineer, which he says the City Charter requires the city have on staff. The city has not had a city engineer working at City Hall since July 2014 when Mark Rees was laid off as part of a cash-saving restructuring process. The city contends it complies with the Charter by having a permanent consulting engineer on its payroll.

John Paul Tomko termed the proposed construction of a new Convention and Visitors Bureau a “luxury item.” He suggested the $600,000 that is budgeted would be better spent on infrastructure and law enforcement.

The budget comes up for a final reading at the Council’s Tuesday, June 20, meeting.

In other business:

• A final change order in the amount of $87,271.82 was approved. The payment from the city to Bleigh Construction is for additional work that was performed during construction of the new Warren Barrett bridge.

• The Council approved creating a four-way stop at the intersection of Forest Drive and Medical Drive on the Hannibal Regional Hospital campus.

• Approval was given a development agreement with George Lee in the amount of $1,100 to be applied toward costs incurred during his planned renovation of Union Street Express property on the city’s South Side which he has purchased.

• A memorandum of understanding was approved between the Parks and Recreation Department and Lawrence and Catherine Pickett. The agreement addresses access to the West Ely Road Park.

• Permission was granted to discharge fireworks within the city limits during the annual fireworks show at dusk on Tuesday, July 4.

• Karen Burditt, the city’s director of finance, was given permission to make bond permits which are due Saturday, July 1.

• A street closure was approved during the Hannibal Free Public Library’s annual egg drop challenge between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 17.

• Approval was given to Councilman Colin Welch’s appointment to the building commission.

• A proclamation, recognizing the work of local Shriners and the organization as a whole in behalf of children was read by Mayor James Hark.

• Lenny Rosenkranz was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Board of Public Works Board. The term expires in June, 2020.

• John Hamilton, Patty Long and Ryan Rapp were appointed as alternates to the Board of Adjustment. The terms of Hamilton and Long expire in May, 2021, while Rapp’s expires in May, 2022.

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