A major change is coming to the Hannibal Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The Hannibal City Council gave the green light to construct a new facility to better serve growing visitor needs. Director Gail Bryant says the visitor’s center has simply outgrown its present site on 3rd Street. Tourism in the city was up 15% in fiscal year 2016. The HCVB board recently approved the relocation of the Bureau to city-owned property near the Aquatic Center. Bryant says landing a prime location next to Highway 36/ I-72 was a major factor in the decision.

In other business, the council:

  • Gave First Reading to a Bill adopting the tax levy for 2016. Finance Director Karen Burditt says the rate will be just under $1.16 per $100 assessed valuation, slightly less than last year.
  • Approved the date of October 29 for a Citywide Cleanup. The location will be on South Main Street.
  • Approved a Service Contract for $18,357 with the Hannibal Nutrition Center for senior meals and related services.
  • Approved an amended schedule for selection of a new 3rd Ward council member. Letters of interest should be received by September 27. Qualified candidates will be interviewed in October. The vacancy comes after the resignation of Kevin Lionberger, who is moving out of the 3rd Ward.