Grant application submitted in February

The Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department expects to learn Wednesday the fate of a grant that would help pay for major renovations to the pond in Huckleberry Park.

"Cross your fingers. It's a $189,000 grant," Parks Department Director Andy Dorian said during last week's Hannibal Park Board meeting.

When the project moves forward, the leaking pond will be fixed and a handicap accessible dock will be added.

Dorian will learn whether his department will receive the grant during a meeting in Jefferson City. He said it is a "good sign" to have been invited to the state capital for the announcement.

"I think we are probably going to get it, but I don't want to say that out loud and then we don't get it. That's the assumption, but until you see a contract that says $189,000, I don't know for a fact," he said.

Dorian said it is possible that only a portion of the requested funding will be awarded. State funding for the grant originates in the Department of the Interior.

The Hannibal City Council approved in February a resolution allowing the department to apply for the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant. At the time, Dorian said receiving the 50-50 grant would make a "world of difference" in funding the project which is estimated to cost approximately $500,000.

Typically the wait for news on grants such as this one is not this lengthy, Dorian said. He added that "everything has been delayed this year at the federal level."

danny.henley@courierpost.com