Street bollards would cost around $12,000

Recent acts of terrorism involving motor vehicles have caught the attention of the Hannibal City Council. To enhance security during North Main Street events the council on Tuesday night supported a proposal to seek bids for the purchase of street bollards.

Presenting the proposal, which was approved unanimously, was Councilman Mike Dobson.

“After experiencing the crowds of the Folklife Festival and the new downtown merchants Halloween party on Main Street I feel that the time is right for us to be proactive in protecting our citizens instead of being reactive to an event that might happen in the future,” wrote the Second Ward councilman in a memo.

The 90-pound bollards, which would be installed and locked into place by street department personnel in advance of an event, would be spaced far enough apart that a car or ruck could not pass between them. Dobson noted that one bollard would be left unlocked so it could be removed to accommodate the passage of an emergency vehicle.

The proposal has the support of North Main merchants, according to Dobson, who promises the bollards would not be an eyesore.

“The bollards will be decorative and would blend with the lighting and directional signs that we have installed,” he said.

Dobson believes replacing the barricades would be a positive step.

“The present barricades are inadequate to stop vehicles and the feet that extend from them that stabilize them have been tripped over that have resulted in lawsuits against the city,” he said. “The bollards would not create a trip hazard and add to the safety of our citizens and visitors.”

The estimated cost of the bollards and their base mounts is around $12,000. Dobson is exploring the availability of funding assistance.

“I have written to Sen. Roy Blunt and Sen. Claire McCaskill to see if there might be funding available from the federal government for this project,” he said.

In other business:

• The city of Hannibal is growing by 50 acres after the city council gave final reading to an annexation request of Jim Mulhern. The land being annexed is located off Westover Road (County Road 416). The acreage is located immediately south of the Hummingbird Subdivision.

• First reading was given a bill accepting dedication of streets in the Fette Subdivision. It was noted the street list will be amended when the bill comes up for a final reading in December.

• Ryan Johnson of Chariton Valley spoke to the council regarding a fiber build out in Hannibal. He reported the company is prepared invest over $1 million in infrastructure in Hannibal beginning in early 2018.

• First reading was given a bill that pertains to electrical contractor's licenses. According to a memo from City Attorney James Lemon the Missouri Legislature has changed state law to provide that if a person obtains a state electrical contractor's license they are no longer required to obtain a city license. The purpose of the proposed amendment is to clarify the issue in city statutes.

• The council approved the sale of an approximately 14,000 square foot parcel of city-owned land to Larry Godert for $500. The property is located on Forest Hills Drive, adjacent to Godert’s home. Much of the site is steep-sloped ravine to the side and rear, measuring 18- to 20-foot deep in most places.

Dobson said he could not foresee the property being of use to anyone else. Councilman Colin Welch added that he felt the price is fair.

• Bob Stevenson, general manager of the Board of Public Works, updated the council on the BPW's ongoing chloramine replacement project.

• Final reading was given a municipal agreement between the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and the city pertaining to the planned overlay of U.S. 61 in 2018.

• Use of city property was granted during the Victorian Christmas between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 and Dec. 16.

 

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