(Hannibal)—The Hannibal City Council convened last night.

One of the first items on the Council’s agenda was Mayor Hark displaying an authentic piece of American Queen riverboat rope presented to the City by Captain John Sutton.  The problem of pigeons in the downtown area was debated and tabled pending further research.

A resolution was approved to acquire condemned property at 313 Bird Street at the owner’s request. Building Inspector Joey Burnham says a couple of rehabbers have expressed interest in the property, potentially saving 6 to 8 thousand dollars in demolition fees.  Finance Director Doug Warren proposed changes to current policy on use of City credit cards; he plans to submit a revised ordinance at the next meeting.

Councilmen also approved a Change Order for an additional 16 thousand dollars for the Stardust Drive Extension project after City Engineer Mark Rees said storm sewer system changes necessitated moving a Ralls County Public Water supply line. Approval was granted to hold a public meeting October 16th at 6:30 p.m. to discuss a new franchise agreement with Liberty Energy, who recently acquired the Atmos Gas Company.