Hannibal News

Hannibal voters will have abbreviated propositions on April 4 ballot

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 7, 2017 10:20 pm Updated: Feb. 7, 2017 10:30 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal residents will be put in an uncommon situation in the April 4 voting booth.

Marion and Ralls county voters living in Hannibal will see on the ballot abbreviated versions of three Hannibal propositions. County election authorities say those propositions, which ask voters to choose yes or no on prohibiting the use of ammonia in drinking water and updating the city charter, are too long to fit in the space provided. The solution is to have voters read the condensed propositions on the ballot and then refer to fliers with the full ballot language.

"I recall I've seen this before, but it's not common," 1st Ward Councilman Kevin Knickerbocker said.

City Attorney James Lemon drafted the abbreviated propositions and researched the legality of condensing them.

"So long as we print the language exactly, we should be in accordance with the law," he said.

The city of Hannibal is required to pay for printing the fliers. Ralls County is requesting 100 fliers, and Marion County is requesting 5,000. The City Council approved the having the fliers printed Tuesday at its regular meeting.

The council also discussed and then tabled a resolution that would approve an easement to accommodate Ralls County Public Water Supply District 1's plan to extend a water line it owns along Hannibal Regional Airport property. The water line is a feeder that will draw water from a proposed water main, and an easement from the city is required to extend the line.

"(This) is not favorable for Hannibal," City Manager Jeff LaGarce said. "They do have other options for locating this feeder, and denial of the easement wouldn't halt that initiative."

"There's several issues regarding our relationship with the Ralls County Public Water Supply District," Knickerbocker said before suggesting that the issue be tabled until the council could gather more information about the water line.

The council agreed to look at the resolution again in a couple of weeks and discuss it in closed session. City Attorney Lemon said aspects of the issue fit the guidelines of what could be discussed in closed session.

OTHER ACTION

• Tom Boland was recommended for appointment to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Current Commissioner Jim Bensman is moving outside the city and must resign his position.

• Parks and Recreation Director Andy Dorian said the department might not be able to apply for a grant to help fund a proposed Bear Creek Trail extension this year. There are questions about who owns a piece of land where the extension would go, Dorian said. He said the city has a week and a half to find the owner of the land. If the owner is not found by then , the grant application will be submitted next year.

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