HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The four members of the Hannibal Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue Team were recognized Tuesday by Mayor James Hark for saving the life of a man trapped by swift floodwater in southeast Missouri.
Capts. Ben Devlin and Jeff Moore, and engineers Dustin Royal and Shawn Smith traveled to the Poplar Bluff area and stayed for about a week from late April to early May to provide mutual aid to the flooded region. During that time, they rescued a man clinging to a tree root and yelling that he didn't think he could hold on much longer.
A representative from the city of Poplar Bluff in Butler County recently drove to Hannibal to deliver honorary first responder patches and medallions to the four crew members, and Hark presented the gifts and a certificate of recognition from Hannibal to the crew at the City Council's bimonthly meeting.
"They will now remember the people of Hannibal fondly for what you've done," Hark said, giving his thanks to the crew for the familial sacrifices they made while away.
Later in the meeting, the council approved spending $6.385 million on road improvement projects to start within three weeks to a month.
"We hope to see 25 to 30 percent of roads in Hannibal repaved in the first year of the project," Department of Public Works Superintendent Brian Chaplin said. "We've rated the city streets, and we will start with the worst streets first."
People will be notified through fliers when their street will be repaved.
"Yes, parking's going to be an issue, but people will only have a 24- to 36-hour delay from parking on the street while the asphalt dries," Chaplin said.
The council also approved the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau's plan to sign an agreement with Architechnics in Quincy, Ill., for a proposal to relocate.
The size and location of the bureau's present building at 505 N. Third St. have been problematic, and a new site for the bureau has been sought for months. The bureau will move to the city-owned lot at Grand Avenue and Pleasant Street so it can be seen by traffic exiting from U.S. 36.
• Teens in Motion presented the Hannibal Police Department with a $3,057 check to be applied to the department's DARE program. The group raised the money by selling T-shirts that showed support for law enforcement officers.
• The council approved the purchase of a new ladder truck for Hannibal Fire Department. The current truck has a manufacturer's design flaw that causes corrosion. The trucks have a life span of about 20 years, City Manager Jeff LaGarce said, and buying a new truck will save the city money rather than hoping the manufacturer can fix the flawed truck.
• The council's the July 4 meeting date was moved to Thursday, July 6.