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."