A suggestion to make changes to the downtown portion of Broadway surfaced in city council chambers Tuesday.
First Ward Councilman James Godert says additional parking could be gained in downtown Hannibal by changing Broadway from the current parallel parking configuration to angle parking. In order to accomplish this, driving lanes would be reduced from four to two. The council decided to send the suggestion to the traffic committee for exploratory consideration.

In other business:

  • The wheels were put in motion to purchase 11 new Dodge Chargers for the Hannibal Police Department. Chief Lyndell Davis received approval to accept the low bid of $457,670 from Lou Fusz Dodge of O’Fallon. The cruisers will arrive ready to hit the streets. A new feature, Automatic Vehicle Locators, will allow 911 dispatch and patrol supervisors to track the vehicle’s location. Davis says this will improve efficiency and enhance officer safety. After trade-ins and a $108,500 down payment, lease financing will be utilized for the remaining $297,170, pending final council approval in August.
  • The next phase of the $5 million riverfront renovation involves a mussel survey in order to receive Corps of Engineers approval. Parks and Rec Director Andy Dorian says Klingner and Associates engineers have subcontracted with Eco Analysts to begin diving operations, looking for endangered species of mussels at the riverfront. If no endangered species are found, the cost would be $70,000 for surveying Glascock’s Landing and the marina. Endangered species would have to be relocated at an additional cost. The council approved a $218,000 contract with Klingner and Associates for mussel survey, construction administration, and construction observation services.
  • The Hannibal Airport runway not only needs repairs, it also has a weight problem, at least on paper. Finance Director Karen Burditt says improvements from 2002 are not reflected correctly in the airport’s classification: currently 12,000 pounds maximum. Burditt says it should be reclassified to accommodate 30,000 pounds, which would include small corporate jets. The council voted to spend up to $38,000 for engineering services for runway repairs and the filing of paperwork to reclassify the runway to 30,000 pounds