MoDOT invites City Council to upcoming public meeting

With major improvements planned along U.S. 61/McMaster's Avenue in 2018, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is planning a public meeting next week in Hannibal to provide details about the project. Among those MoDOT hopes will be in attendance are members of the City Council who received a personal invitation from the state during the Council's Tuesday night meeting at City Hall.

Marisa Ellison, communications manager for MoDOT's Northeast District, reported the informational gathering is scheduled Tuesday, July 25, at the MoDOT District Office, 1711 S. Highway 61, Hannibal. The event is planned from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a 15-minute formal presentation planned at 5 p.m.

Among the biggest adjustments that motorists will have to make during the project, which is tentatively slated to begin in May of 2018, are traffic shifts and the inability to make left turns in the section between Stardust Drive/Pirate Pride Drive and the U.S. 61/I-72 interchange for a period of up to 80 days.

Ellison noted that while there will be an element of inconvenience during the work, the end result will be worth it.

In other business:

• A bid of $80,500 from Sydenstrickers was accepted for a utility tractor and boom mower arm.

Although W.M. Nobbe submitted a lower bid, the Council went with the Sydenstricker bid because the Tiger brand rotary head is not warranted by John Deere.

“If the (Tiger) head breaks down we will have to travel to St. Louis for repairs as our local John Deere dealer cannot repair any damages to this brand,” said Brian Chaplin, Department of Public Works superintendent, in a memo. “Sydenstrickers' rotary head is part of a warranty-covered package along with the John Deere tractor is covered from front to rear and will be serviced locally. For this reason alone it is most cost beneficial for the city to spend the additional $719.95 and go with Sydenstrickers.”

• A $7,500 contract for services agreement with Kids-in-Motion/Teens-in-Motion was approved.

• A request for street closures was approved for the Saturday, July 22, Toys for Tots Christmas in July Parade.

• Street closure requests were approved during Music Under the Stars events.

• Casey Welch was appointed to the Park Board and Jeriod Turner was reappointed to the Park Board. Their terms expire in July 2020.

• First reading was granted an ordinance to Ezra Blue and sons for a minor subdivision at 1200 Collier St. and a vacated alley at Lemon Street, Collier Street and Warren Barrett Drive. The alley is being vacated in order to create a single piece of property.

• Approval was given to award a bid to H&L Partners, a state vendor, for media buys on behalf of the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau in fiscal year 2018.

• A bid of $1,500 was accepted from Russ Goodhart for a 2002 Ford Ranger extended cab truck that had used by the city's Property Maintenance Department.

 

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