Highway upgrades planned in 2018

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plans to undertake a major improvement project along U.S. 61 (McMasters Avenue) next year. To help clear the way for the project MoDOT submitted a municipal agreement to the city, which was given a first reading by the city council on Tuesday night.

“MoDOT will overlay the corridor. It will also include new sidewalks, curbing in places and street aprons,” wrote City Manager Jeff LaGarce in a memo to the council. “In exchange the city grants use of public roads, streets, and alleys necessary for MoDOT construction.”

The city agrees to allow MoDOT to temporarily close street intersections along U.S. 61 at Rendlen Avenue, March Avenue, Hillside Drive, Greenway Road, Brookside Drive and Stardust Drive/Pirate Pride Drive during times these areas are being rebuilt.

While the agreement contains a section on utility relocation, LaGarce stressed that no city-owned utilities will need to be relocated, thus there will be no cost to the city. However, MoDOT says the project will require some minor relocations of Board of Public Works utilities. Reportedly those details are being handled through separate discussions between the BPW and MoDOT.

The agreement will likely come before the council for final approval at its Tuesday, Nov. 21, meeting.

In other business:

• A resolution was approved that authorizesan agreement with Ales & Company, LC, for conveyance of 109 Virginia St., and another contract, which will permit the site to be placed in the hands of HillTide Partners, or its affiliates, which will rehab the former health-care complex.

• Approval was given a resolution of intent regarding 109 Virginia St. It states the city's intentions with respect to the reinvestment project at that location.

• The council OK'd the shredding and disposal of certain records authorized by the Secretary of State’s office.

• An engineering service agreement was approved between the Parks Department and MECO Engineering Company for preliminary structural investigation of the lighthouse. The lump sum will not exceed $5,000.

• A public hearing was scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, in council chambers at city hall regarding the proposed annexation of almost 60 acres at 8954 County Road 422. The property would be zoned one and two family.

• The council accepted the recommendation of the Traffic Committee to install a stop sign at the intersection of Ridgewood Drive and North Arch Street.

• The following appointments were approved: Louis Riggs was appointed to the Industrial Development Authority for a term that expires in January 2023; Kristy Trevathan was reappointed to the Mark Twain Home Board for a term that expires in November 2024.

• Final reading was given an ordinance approving the issuance of Taxable Industrial Revenue Bonds relative to the expansion of General Mills’ Hannibal Plant.

The principal amount of issuance is not to exceed $65 million.

The initial resolution of intent regarding the bonds was approved by the city council on June 20.

• Final reading was given a bill authorizing a municipal election be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Up for election will be the position of municipal judge and the council seats in the First and Third Wards.

Candidate filing for those positions will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, and conclude at 5 p.m. Jan. 16, 2018.

• Street closures were approved from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the Saturday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day Parade in downtown Hannibal.

• A request for street closures in downtown Hannibal was approved from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the Saturday, Dec. 2, Hannibal Jaycees Christmas Parade.


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