During the build-up to the passing of Proposition 1, it became apparent that a growing percentage of Hannibal’s residents are dissatisfied with the structure of the Board of Public Works’ Board.

*Editor's Note: The following letter was also sent to the Hannibal mayor and members of the Hannibal City Council.

During the build-up to the passing of Proposition 1, it became apparent that a growing percentage of Hannibal’s residents are dissatisfied with the structure of the Board of Public Works’ Board.

Primarily, a level of distrust exists due to not having a direct method for the public to “have a say” in who is on the Board for the BPW, as the public HAS with their City Council and School Board members.

To that point, I would ask you to consider posting a Public Notice for future BPW Board vacancies, including a time-frame for interested residents to provide the City Manager an introductory letter to include why they are interested as well as their appropriate background or experience.

Currently, having the City Manager provide a candidate to the City Council to vote upon, without knowing who else was under consideration, leaves too many wondering how or why this person was selected versus another candidate.

For the sake of “Transparency” at this point in time and prior to potential future re-structuring, this would at the very least provide a public list of all candidates along with their background and reasons for stepping forward for consideration—removing some of the “mystery” that people feel surrounds the selection process.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration!

— Lou Barta, Hannibal