(HANNIBAL)—Monday night’s public hearing on the old Maryland Hotel in downtown Hannibal ends with both sides agreeing to try and come up with a solution to the safety concerns. The sidewalk in front of the building is fenced off for safety reasons. Building owners Jim and Sheryl Love, did not attend Monday's public hearing but sent a friend to speak on their behalf. The Loves propose demolishing the building and turning it into a parking lot. The Loves would provide some funding, but it would be mostly at the city's expense.
City attorney James Lemon says tearing down the building is not ideal and will cost taxpayers.