New fiscal year begins July 1

With fiscal year 2019 arriving at the end of June, the Hannibal City Council spent a large portion of its Tuesday night meeting at city hall dealing with budgetary matters.

First reading was given a bill dealing with appropriations in the new fiscal year. Also given preliminary approval were the salaries of the city officers and employees.

The salaries are based upon a 0.75 percent cost-of-living increase, plus a one-step increase for civilian employees and longevity increases, based upon Council approval, employment negotiations, for police and fire departments, uniformed officers.

Additional salary changes were included for the city building code official (Joey Burnham), street supervisor (Mike McHargue). A new salary was added for the position of economic development/planner.

An amendment to the current budget, pertaining to the Sales Tax Capital Equipment Fund, was also approved. It reflects an increase of $53,500 that was raised recently through the sale of three surplus items of equipment.

In a budgetary housekeeping move, the city collector was given the authority to do budget adjustments for the end of fiscal year 2018. It was noted that no money will be adjusted between funds without Council permission.

In other business:

* A request to fire off fireworks within the city limits on the evening of July 4 from Lovers Leap was approved.

* Karen Burditt, finance director, was given permission to make bond payments that are coming due.

* A resolution setting special drainage standards in the Breckenridge Estates Subdivision was approved.

* A property exchange between the city and Justin Parker was approved. The city is giving up a small bit of property on North Maple Street that is adjacent to Parker's business while the city is receiving just over an acre of land near the Bear Creek Dam. The trade does not involve any cash.

* The Street Department was granted permission to accept the bid from Altorfer Inc. for a backhoe. Altorfer's bid was $53,000.

* Final plat approval for the Meadow Creek Subdivision was given first reading.

* The following appointments were approved: Patti Talbert and Jay Ghanti were reappointed to the Hannibal Housing Authority for terms to expire in April, 2022; Annie Dixon was appointed to the Library Board for term to expire June 30, 2021; Bill Hatton was reappointed to the Board of Adjustment for a term to expire in may, 2023.

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