Equipment to be purchased for city by state agency

The Hannibal Fire Department (HFD) will soon add another capability to its resume - radiation detection. On Tuesday night the city council approved entering into a memorandum of agreement with Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) regarding the transfer of radiation detection equipment to the HFD.

According to Deputy Chief Mike Benjamin the door to this opportunity opened when the HFD took part in a radiation detection class in August 2016 that the MoDNR was hosting in Hannibal.

“In attending the training, MoDNR will purchase radiation detection equipment for the Hannibal Fire Department,” he wrote in a memo to the council. “They will hold future training for the department as well as maintain and calibrate the equipment for five years. After this period, the Hannibal Fire Department and the city of Hannibal would take ownership of the detectors.”

Benjamin endorsed taking advantage of the opportunity.

“This is a great program that initially only cost a few hours of training for our department and in return we get some very valuable radiation detection equipment. This will help serve and protect the community should we ever have a radiological emergency in the future,” he wrote.

In other business:

• A resolution was approved authorizing a tree-year contract with AT&T for 33 landline services for $27 per line. The city's previous agreement saw the city paying $28 per line for 24 months.

“AT&T has been proven to be the provider to best suit the city’s needs and also is a Missouri State Prime Vendor, therefore the bidding process is not necessary,” said City Clerk Angel Vance.

• A bill was given a second and final reading that authorizes a change to the payroll ordinance related to the creation of a new foreman position at the street department.

• A request was approved from the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council seeking additional street closures during the Tuesday, Oct. 31, Main Street Trick of Treat event.

• The Hannibal Jaycees' request was OK'd that sought the closing of streets during the Saturday, Oct. 28, Halloween Parade.

• Gordon Ipson was appointed to the Industrial Development Authority for a term to expire in January 2023.

 

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