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Four get mayoral commendations for beautification work in Hannibal

Four Hannibal men received mayoral commendations from Hannibal Mayor James Hark Tuesday at the City Council meeting. The recipients are, from left, Kalen Franklin, Tony Vigilante, Zek Meyers and Isaac Day. H-W Photo/Ashley Szatala
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 7, 2018 10:20 pm Updated: Aug. 8, 2018 10:43 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Four young men who beautified areas around municipal facility signs were given mayoral commendations by Mayor James Hark during the Hannibal City Council meeting Tuesday.

The recipients were Isaac Day, Kalen Franklin, Zek Meyers and Tony Vigilante.

"They have shown extreme pride and have shown they want to make a difference," Hark said. "These are young people making a difference. I know I keep preaching this, but this is the example adults need to follow. A huge thank you to you young men."

Day, Franklin, Meyers and Vigilante worked with the Hannibal Parks and Recreation and Hannibal Street departments to complete the work this summer. They built stone islands and landscaped around such signs as the city Yard Waste area and the Hannibal Regional Airport.

"We truly are impressed with your work," Hark said.

Also on Tuesday the council approved the Hannibal Fire Department to purchase a breathing air fill station for its breathing air compressor purchased earlier this year.

Fire Chief Sean Hampton wrote in a memo to the council that the department has never owned a National Fire Protection Association-compliant fill station before.

"This is a much-needed piece of equipment from a safety and liability standpoint," Hampton wrote. "When filling these extremely high PSI air bottles, they are placed inside this fill station, which is rated to contain a bottle in the event of a rupture or failure."

Banner Fire Equipment submitted the only bid, totaling $11,375 for all necessary equipment. The price includes freight charge, installation and travel. Expected delivery date is four to six weeks.

Last, the council approved issuing leasehold revenue bonds in connection with the riverfront renovation project and adding the new Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau to those bonds in order to have reasonable rates to finance the new building.

In February the council passed a resolution authorizing an $18,000 service fee for WM Financial Strategies to act as a financial adviser and a $50,000 service fee for Gilmore and Bell PC to act as bond and disclosure counsel for the riverfront redevelopment project.

Finance Director Karen Burditt said Tuesday the HCVB's added cost of a financial adviser is $2,000, bond counsel is $2,750 and disclosure counsel is $935.

Other action:

º The Council approved the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department to purchase a 2018 Dodge Ram truck with dump bed and hoist for $40,113. The low bid came from Poage Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat in Hannibal.

º The Council accepted the low bid by Clayton Holdings LLC as a way to finance the Hannibal Police Department's 11 new police vehicles. Clayton Holdings presented a lease-with-purchase package with a rate of 2.95 percent and a $250 escrow fee. The first two police vehicles will be delivered Aug. 24, and two vehicles will be delivered each week afterward.

º A public hearing for the property tax levy will be held at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 21 in the City Council chambers.

º Rhonda and Wesley Knapp want to rezone a tract of land at 3520 St. Marys Ave. from A-1 and Two Family to E-Commercial. A public hearing is set for 6:45 p.m. Sept. 4 in the City Council chambers.

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