Mike Benjamin sworn in as new fire chief

The intersection of St. Mary's Avenue and Pleasant Street will not be the home of a new restaurant in Hannibal. A rezoning request by the property owners of 3520 St. Mary's Ave. was rejected during Tuesday night's meeting of the Hannibal City Council.

The Council declined unanimously to give the rezoning request from A-one and two-family to C-local business a first reading.

The Council's action followed a public hearing during which a number of residents of the area spoke against the rezoning.

In other business:

• Mike Benjamin was sworn in as Hannibal's fire chief by Mayor James Hark. Benjamin succeeds Sean Hamilton as chief.

• Second and final reading was given a bill setting the city's tax rate for the year 2018 at $1.2055. The tax rate is identical to that in 2017.

• Final reading was given a payroll ordinance which amends the salaries of three lead maintenance workers with the Parks Department.

• Second and final reading was given a bill vacating an undeveloped city alley to William and Rachel Allen.

• A resolution was approved authorizing the mayor to accept and execute a special warranty deed that conveys 505 Walnut St. to Walnut Grove, LLC, for a sum of $1, plus necessary recording fees.

• A construction contract with Bleigh Construction in the amount of $1,475,500 was approved. The Hannibal company will build the new Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau office/welcome center.

• A contract not to exceed $24,500 with Architechnics was approved. The firm will provide construction administration services during the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau office/welcome center project.

• Street closures and police presence was approved during the Saturday, Sept. 29, Zombie Run.

• Greg Baugher was reappointed to the airport board for term to expire in September, 2021.