New drop-off site located at Ninth and Warren Barrett

The city of Hannibal’s yard waste lot will be staying put at Ninth Street and Warren Barrett Drive. On Tuesday night the city council approved allowing the lot to stay where it has been located for the last month and a half.

Concern over the recent relocation of the lot from Seventh Street and Colfax Avenue to Ninth Street and Warren Barrett Drive was brought before the council at its Feb. 6 meeting by Paul Tomko, who owns commercial property near the new yard waste site.

Paul Tomko was back Tuesday night. Joining him in addressing the council on the issue were John Tomko, Mike Bost and Dennis Kolarik.

Mike McHargue of the Street Department said that since the Feb. 6 meeting he had spoken with representatives of two nearby businesses and had not encountered resistance to the lot’s new location.

Regarding safety concerns related to traffic on Warren Barrett, McHargue pointed out that on average just four vehicles visit the lot per day. He added the bulk of the traffic visits the lot on weekends when eight to 10 residents typically visit the site to drop off their yard waste.

Councilwoman Melissa Cogdal, who two weeks ago had requested that a vote on the lot’s location be postponed until after she had the opportunity to perform some research, reported having heard a handful of positive comments from the public regarding the new site.

Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Knickerbocker offered that the current site was “ideal” and that moving it from Seventh Street and Colfax Avenue had been a “good idea.”

Councilman Jim Van Hoose made a motion to relocate the yard waste drop-off point back to its previous spot at Seventh Street and Colfax Avenue. The proposal was voted down 6-1. Knickerbocker then called for a vote to keep the lot at Ninth Street and Warren Barrett. That motion was approved 5-2.

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