A new plan to beautify Broadway in Hannibal would see 66 trees planted from Grand Avenue to the riverfront. Tuesday evening, the Hannibal City Council approved the plan which would incorporate a diversity of tree species.

Kristy Trevathan of the Hannibal Tree Board told the council the plan was drafted at no cost by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Trevathan emphasized the project would go forward incrementally, and could take 3 to 5 years to complete. The trees will cost around $13,000, but additional costs will be incurred for site preparation and concrete work.

In other business:
Heath Hall and Matt Munzlinger of the Board of Public Works updated the council on the progress of the chloramine replacement project. The design of the granulated activated carbon (GAC) filtration system for the water supply is nearly complete. Eight vessels each containing 40,000 pounds of filtration media will be utilized. It will be housed in a building to be constructed just north of the existing filter plant in Riverview Park.

Engineers recently submitted 90% drawings to BPW. The plan will now be presented to DNR for approval. Once approved, BPW plans to solicit construction bids in December. Construction is expected to begin in January, 2019. Work is to be completed by February, 2020.

In August, Hannibal voters approved financing the GAC project with up to $17.5 million in bonds. Hall says once bids are received, the actual amount of bonds to be issued will be determined.

Two Resolutions are approved regarding the construction of a new Hannibal Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. One authorizes a payment of $5,212 to Geotechnics for construction material testing services. The second authorizes a payment of $2500 to Crockett Geotechnical Testing Lab, LLC for soil boring services. The $1.5 million facility is to be built on city-owned property next to the Hannibal Aquatic Center.

Street Closures in the downtown are approved for two events:
-The 70th annual Band Day Parade on Tuesday, October 9th.
-The annual Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 27.