HANNIBAL, Mo. -- It will apparently cost more than $66,790 to purchase the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau's current building at the intersection of Third Street and Mark Twain Avenue. During Tuesday night's meeting of the Hannibal City Council, a bid for that amount was rejected unanimously by council members.
The council's action was in step with the recommendation sent to it by the HCVB Board.
According to a memo from HCVB Director Gail Bryant, a single bid was opened on Dec. 11 by City Clerk Angel Zerbonia. The lone bid was submitted by Thomas Prater.
"The bid rejection was largely dependent on the monetary offer," Bryant said, adding that the HCVB received "several inquiries" regarding the property in advance of the bid opening. "The 505 N. Third St. office is a prime location for professional offices, a business operation or possibly living accommodations. It is conveniently located on the Great River Road, with excellent views of the river and downtown. The possibilities are almost endless, and it is the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau's hope that someone will take advantage of this prime location in order to start or expand a business venture."
After making "minimal changes" to the request for proposals, the HCVB Board intends to re-post it. Bids will be accepted for about 30 days.
"We initially posted it within Northeast Missouri and Northwest Illinois, and online due to inquiries once the initial announcement aired. We will now increase the reach of its posting to include several surrounding states," Bryant said. "Hannibal is fortunate to have residents from all over the country who have moved here to start businesses. We are hopeful this prime location will entice someone looking for a new opportunity in Hannibal."
The current location, which is a converted house, has served as the HCVB's home for 25 years.
Revenue from the sale of that downtown property will be applied toward the cost of the new building, which is nearing completion. The new HCVB headquarters will be next to the Hannibal Aquatic Center, near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Pleasant Street, and will overlook Interstate 72/U.S. 36.
In other business:
A resolution was approved authorizing the mayor to execute a general warranty deed in order to accept donated property at 115 N. Arch St. from Sarah Bruce.
A contract with Roberts Demolition in the amount of $38,000 was approved. The fee will cover the tearing down of a condemned structure at 214 Division St.
A bid award in the amount of $22,917 was awarded Poole Communication for printing of the city's 2020 visitor's guide.
A change order in the amount of $61,537.39 will be paid Bleigh Construction Company for additional work on the Huckleberry