City council declares two items surplus property

The proposed installation of a stop sign in Huckleberry Park was put on hold by the Hannibal City Council on Tuesday night.

The sign, at the recommendation of the city's Traffic Committee, was slated to be placed on 30th Street at its offset intersection with Huckleberry Park Road where several near traffic accidents have reportedly occurred. A contributing factor to the close calls was the fact the pavement was not clearly marked to indicate which line of traffic passing through the park must stop.

Councilman Jim Van Hoose pointed out that 30th Street has been re-striped with double yellow lines, which he suggested “would go a long way toward solving the problem” and alleviate the need for a stop sign.

Van Hoose made a motion, which received a second, to scrap the stop sign. However, before the matter was brought to a vote Councilwoman Melissa Cogdal asked if a traffic study has been done in that location.

The matter was tabled for two weeks to give Police Chief Lyndell Davis time to have a traffic study undertaken in that location and to research the accident history at 30th Street and Huckleberry Park Road.

In other business:

• The council accepted the bid from Cummings, McGowan and West of $20,375 for an asphalt recycler machine. As part of the purchase the city will receive $4,000 in trade-in credit for a 1993 Mauldin 690F paver that was deemed surplus by the council on Tuesday night.

The bid from Cummings, McGowan and West was the lone bid received for the asphalt recycler.

Regarding the paver the city is parting with Mike McHargue, street supervisor, reported it “is not suitable for our working needs and is not being used and will not be used in the future.”

• Also declared surplus was a 2010 Pelican sweeper that is not in working condition. According to a quote McHargue has in hand it would cost between $30,000 and $65,000 to make it functional again.

• Final reading was given a bill accepting dedication of streets in the Fette Subdivision. The lone exception is Braebrurn Drive.

• Second and final reading was given a bill that pertains to electrical contractor's licenses. 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 following appointments were approved: Gayle Viorel was appointed to the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau for a term to expire in September 2022; Jeff Evans was appointed to the Industrial Development Authority for a term to expire in January 2023; Harry Graves was reappointed to the Hannibal Tree Board for a term to expire in September 2020.

 

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