Hannibal City Council Approves Real Estate Purchase, Pigeon Plan
(Hannibal)-- Tuesday evening, the Council approved a Resolution to spend $220,000 for purchase of property located at 422 North Main Street, the former location of the Murphy Motor Chrysler dealership for many years. City Manager Jeff LaGarce told the Council the acquisition will involve demolishing the building in favor of uses that will enhance the historic area, one of them being additional parking.
With no Council members crying "fowl", a motion was approved to partner with Reliable Pest Solutions to deal with the excessive pigeon population in the downtown area. City Manager Jeff LaGarce says the alternative U.S.D.A. Wildlife Service methods involve a larger expenditure of both time and money, with U.S.D.A. charging $6700 vs.Reliable's bid of $3560 for the first 8 weeks and $720 per 28-day period thereafter.
Councilman Mike Dobson says Reliable proposes to attract the birds using corn on 8 rooftops for the first 4 weeks before introducing the poison Avatrol. Dobson says although disposal of dead pigeons will be an issue, mitigating the health issues resulting from the large flocks is worth the inconvenience.
In other business, the Council approved the low bid of just over $16,000 from Peter's Heating and Air Conditioning for replacement of the boiler system at the Police Station.
A Change Order in the amount of $26,312 relating to the Downtown Sidewalk Replacement Program was approved for Bleigh Construction to install electrical "festival boxes" and wiring at proposed tree footings.
A "green light" was given to The American Legion to hold a Veteran's Day Parade along Broadway to Main Street on November 10th. The Council also gave the "go ahead" to Executive Director Gail Bryant of the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau to accept the low bid of $3660 from Next 2 Nothing Design for the layout and design of the 2013 Official Hannibal Visitor Guide.
First Readings were given to the Liberty Energy Natural Gas Franchise Agreement and the City's purchasing card policy revisions.
New technology made its debut against the backdrop of the nostalgic decor of the council chambers Tuesday night, as the Council viewed the agenda on new I-Pads.