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Hannibal City Council approves library theft ordinance

By DANNY HENLEY
dhenley@courierpost.com
Special to The Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 18, 2019 12:30 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Individuals who take items from the Hannibal Free Public Library and never return them could wind up in municipal court. An ordinance that adds a new section to the city code regarding library theft was given the second and final approval by the Hannibal City Council on Tuesday night at city hall.

The ordinance, which matches the state statute for library theft according to City Attorney James Lemon, was proposed during the council's Sept. 3 meeting by Library Director Hallie Yundt Silver.

Yundt Silver told the council that at that time a total of 69 accounts were outstanding, representing $8,114 in stolen library books and other materials.

The new ordinance would not just apply to those who check out items and don't return them, but those who damage library materials or who remove items from the library building without permission.

In other business:

The council was given a report on operations at the Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop by 2 River Industries, Inc., Executive Director Melonie Nevels.

Approval was given a resolution of support for a petition seeking a national holiday in recognition of Native Americans.

Street closure requests were approved for a Friday, Oct. 25, Halloween street dance and for the annual Halloween parade on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The closing of streets was approved for Wednesday, Oct. 16, during Hannibal High School's annual homecoming parade.

The closing of streets was approved for Tuesday, Oct. 8, during the Hannibal High School's annual Band Day Parade.

The mayor was authorized to sign a contract between the city and Heimer Construction Company, Inc., in the amount of $71,622 for the addition of insulation and heating at the General Mills annex building on Warren Barrett Drive. That property is owned by the city and leased to General Mills.

Mathew Munzlinger, interim general manager of the Hannibal Board of Public Works, provided updates on the chloramine replacement project and the North Street storm sewer.

Approval was given the appointment of Joy McPike to the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau for a term to expire in September 2022.

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