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Hannibal pursues grant to help pay for new fire gear

By DANNY HENLEY
Courier-Post Reporter
dhenley@courierpost.com
Posted: Feb. 5, 2020 12:20 am Updated: Feb. 5, 2020 12:31 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal Fire Department is in need of new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment. If Karen Burditt, the city's director of finance, and Fire Chief Mike Benjamin are successful, a portion of the cost will be covered by a United States Department of Agriculture grant.

Burditt said the process of securing the replacement equipment started late last year. Bids were sought for the SCBA gear. Benjamin reported at the Jan. 21 city council meeting that the lowest of two bids received was $178,326 from the Leo M. Ellebracht Co. However, before accepting the bid, the decision was made to pursue the USDA grant.

"After much discussion with USDA on which way the city should go to receive this grant USDA said we are required to have a public meeting to inform the public of our intentions," Burditt said.

A public hearing regarding the grant took place prior to Tuesday night's city council meeting in council chambers at city hall.

Burditt said that $42,000 has been set aside this fiscal year to apply toward the purchase of the SCBA equipment. The remainder of the cost will be funded through a lease program.

"Now that we have an opportunity to receive up to $65,000 (35%) from a USDA grant, our process needs to be revised," she said.

One step in the revised process was taken Tuesday night when the council approved a grant resolution. Passage of the resolution cleared the way for the city to submit its application to the USDA. Once the city receives notification that it has been awarded the grant it will then proceed with the purchase process, buying the gear from a state vendor or going out for bid once again.

The bid received in December from the Leo M. Ellebracht Co., which according to Benjamin was less than had been budgeted for the equipment purchase, cannot be used since it was received prior to the USDA issuing the grant award letter.

In other business:

Corey Mehaffy was appointed to the Hannibal Municipal Assistance Corp. for a term to expire in June 2023; John Dean was reappointed to the Police and Firemen Retirement Fund Board of Trustees for a term to expire in December 2023.

First reading was given a bill setting the city's 2020-21 bid limits.

A public hearing was scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, regarding the requested rezoning of 314-16 N. Fifth St. from B-Multiple Family to E-Commercial.

Approval was given a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a base agreement with Jviation Inc. for airport engineering services for a five-year period.

A set of bunker gear was declared surplus property so that it can be sold to the Quincy Fire Department for $2,618. The gear is custom fit to firefighter Nick Wentura, who has been offered a position with the city of Quincy, Ill.

"This (bunker gear sale) would allow us to be able to purchase a new set of gear for our new hire that is replacing Nick," Benjamin said.

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