Hannibal City Council approves police vest purchase, recognizes department for professionalism

Posted: Mar. 19, 2013 10:02 pm Updated: Apr. 9, 2013 10:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal City Council approved the purchase of body armor for 10 officers on Tuesday evening.

Hannibal Police Department Chief Lyndell Davis presented a bid from Ed Roehr Safety Products for $5,722.09 for the bulletproof vests. Davis said individual vest prices range from $525 to $575. This bid was $200 to $300 cheaper than prices from comparable vendors. Fifty percent of the cost will be reimbursed to the city through the U.S. Department of Justice.

"Usually these things come in two or three at a time," he said. "It's not the kind of thing we can say 'no' to. The officers need the vests."

Department policy requires that each new officer receive a vest and that old vests be rotated out every five years.

In other business, City Manager Jeff LaGarce recognized the Hannibal Police Department for the professional impact it made on two out-of-town families.

LaGarce said that, in recent months, the city had received lengthy letters from families in Battle Creek, Mich., and St. Louis. LaGarce highlighted points of the letters, which commended the department for its visibility in the community as well as its willingness to assist stranded cars during the recent snowstorm.

The council also:

º Approved street closings for the "Smile a Mile" Buddy Walk on June 1 and the 37th Annual Samuel L. Clemens Arts and Crafts Festival July 3-6.

º Scheduled a rezoning hearing at 6:30 p.m. April 16 for property at St. Mary's Avenue and U.S. 61.

º Reappointed William Tate to the Hannibal Housing Authority Board for a term to expire in 2017.