HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal residents soon will have a maximum of 10 days to remove commercial, unlicensed or junk vehicles from residential neighborhood streets and lawns.
At its 25-minute Tuesday meeting, the Hannibal City Council gave a first reading to an ordinance to extend the time frame to remove those vehicles. The current ordinance allows such vehicles to remain unmoved on streets and lawns for up to seven days before police require that they be moved. State law allows up to 10 days, so the city ordinance is being updated to match the state law.
Fifth Ward Councilman Gordon Ipson told the council that constituents had concerns about whether cars being refurbished would have to be moved. He asked that the council address car restoration in the ordinance.
"I think we can easily draft an ordinance to address it," City Attorney James Lemon said.
The council will consider the final ordinance draft on vehicle removal and a new ordinance that addresses car restoration at a future meeting.
The City Council also approved of Tom Boland's appointment to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Commissioner Jim Bensman is moving outside Hannibal and must vacate his seat. Boland, who opened Tom Boland Ford in the 1960s, has served on various community commissions and boards throughout his career.
Two street closures also were approved. Main Street and Warren Barrett Drive will be closed for the Color Run from 7 a.m. to noon April 15, and a section of North Main and East Hill streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to midnight June 17 for the Lone Wolf bike show.