HANNIBAL | The Hannibal City Council was officially informed during its Tuesday night meeting of the Hannibal Evening Kiwanis' recent decision to cancel this year's Samuel L. Clemens Arts & Crafts and More Festival.
This year's event, which would have taken place in Hannibal's Central Park during next month's National Tom Sawyer's Days events, would have been the 44th annual.
While the event has weathered severe thunderstorms, high winds and blistering heat, it was a microscopic threat which prompted organizers to pull the plug in 2020.
“Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation,” said Hannibal Evening Kiwanis President Dave Hirner in a media release issued last week that was shared with council members. “We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our community, our vendors, our exhibitors, many of whom have attended this event and supported our mission and the local economy for decades. But we know that it is the right decision based on the information that we have today.”
According to Hirner, the festival is one of the local club's largest fundraisers of the year.
“This one event gives us much of the yearly resources needed to help support the children of not only the Hannibal area, but kids throughout the world,” he said in the council memo.
While the festival has been canceled the Kiwanis will continue to sell raffle tickets for a chance to win a Chevrolet Sonic, a Kawasaki Mule or up to $15,000 in cash.
The raffle drawing will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 5, in Central Park. In addition, the drawing will be streamed on Facebook.
Also planned are $300 drawings in the park at noon and 2 p.m. on July 5.
In other business:
• Permission was granted for the use of city property, and the sale and consumption of alcohol during the 44th annual Hannibal Folklife Festival in October.
• A request to permit decibel levels up to 125 dB during the Hannibal Bar-B-Q Festival, July 17 and 18, was approved.
• A proposed ordinance change that would allow a feline catch, neuter and release program was presented and given a first reading.
“This is a pretty straightforward modification that allows the program to occur, but leaves specific conduct under the guidelines currently set in our agreement with the Humane Society for services,” said City Attorney James Lemon, who added the ordinance revision has been reviewed by the Hannibal Police Department which had no objections.
• First reading was given a bill that pertains to building demolitions.
“The current language does not support the revocation of contractor's licenses for illegal acts, including disposal of demolition debris,” said City Manager Lisa Peck. “This language resolves these issues by providing a mechanism for such revocations.”
• Permission to destroy certain old city documents was granted to City Clerk Angel Zerbonia.
• A resolution was approved that grants the Dutch Country General Store permission to sell souvenirs that bear the official Hannibal logo. The city will receive half of 1% of the gross revenue derived from each item sold. The agreement is for three years.
• Finance Director Karen Burditt was granted permission to make $1,053,928 in bond payments covering 2010 Build America Bonds, 2013 Series “A” and 2016 Series.
• First reading was given a bill authorizing the voluntary annexation of property owned by E. Joe Churchill. The land is located between Stardust Drive and U.S. 36, and Veterans Road and Clover Road. Currently the plot is a vacant 13-acre tract of land which will be developed into a subdivision. The land will be zoned A One and two family.
• First reading was given a bill accepting the voluntary annexation of property owned by Kevin Willing. The land is located on Stardust Drive, between Head Lane and Clover Road. The plans for this site are the development of a handful of new single-family dwellings. The land will be zoned A One and two family.
• A bill was given first reading that permits the vacating of an alley between Marsh and Rendlen in the McMasters Subdivision.
• The city's five-year capital improvement plan, covering from 2021 through 2025, was approved.