Stormwater issue to be voted on in April

A proposed stormwater user fee will go before voters in April after the Hannibal City Council gave the ballot measure a second and final reading during its Tuesday night meeting at city hall.

Proposition S will ask voters to consider implementing a fee schedule for the purpose of "funding a utility to acquire, construct, maintain and improve the city's stormwater conveyance system." A public education program regarding Proposition S is planned in the months ahead. Heath Hall, general manager of the Hannibal Board of Public Works, said two public education meetings have been tentatively scheduled for March 7 and March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at city hall. HBPW representatives will also be visiting some of the local service clubs in February or March to present information about Proposition S. Information will also be shared through the HBPW's website and social media pages. In other business * Approval was given amending the lease agreement for 109 Virginia St. with the Villas of St. Elizabeth, LP. The land option agreement regarding the property was extended to Jan. 30, 2021. * A budget amendment was approved which will provide $8,000 in revenue to be used for asbestos testing in unsalvageable buildings on the city's demolition list. * The council agreed to pay half of a $13,400 bill stemming from damage done to landscaping at the new Holiday Inn during construction of the Shinn Lane roundabout. * The following appointments to the Police and Fire Retirement Fund Board of Trustees were approved: Pat Benson was reappointed for a new term to expire in December, 2021; John Dean was appointed to fill an unexpired term that expires in December, 2019. * In what he said was his final act as a Missouri representative, Lindell Shumake read and presented to Mayor James Hark a resolution approved in the Missouri House acknowledging Hannibal's Bicentennial.   danny.henley@courierpost.com