(Hannibal, Mo)--Before the City Council waded into the dredging issue and other financial business Tuesday night, the meeting turned emotional for a time.. Mayor Hark read an official City Proclamation in praise of the accomplishments and leadership of outgoing Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum Executive Director Cindy Lovell...

Lovell is leaving Hannibal for a similar post at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut.  Lovell says she has some potential joint ventures in mind when she assumes her new role in Connecticut.  She stated there has been some discussion with Hannibal's Mark Twain Museum Curator Henry Sweets on ways to create more  interest in both cities.

The Mayor also presented an obviously moved Lovell with a Key to the City, telling her the key will guarantee her a warm welcome anytime she chooses to return.

In other business, the Council approved a contract with IWS Dredging for $81,250 for dredging of the marina.

A Resolution to contract with Elavon through U.S. Bank  for merchant processing of customer debit and credit card transactions is approved.

Sale of city owned property at 313 Bird to Stephen Hunt for rehabbing purposes receives approval, as well as Quit Claim Deed to Don Barnes for sale of a City-Owned easement on railway property located outside the city limits.

Mike O'Cheltree received approval for a temporary closure of a  portion of Main and Broadway on August 3rd for the NEMO Shriners Parade.

Two appointments to the Airport Advisory Board received approval:  Darin Logue to fill an unexpired term ending in September, 2015, and Michael Riesenbeck for a term to expire in September, 2014.

Frank Di Tillo was appointed to the Hannibal Free Public Library Board for a term to expire in June of 2015.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting is March 5th.