Council Approves Measure to Strengthen Liquor Code
(Hannibal, Mo)--The Hannibal City Council gave a second and final reading to a Bill giving the city more discretion regarding the issuing or denying of liquor licenses to businesses.
The amendment gives more recourse to the City in cases where establishments have continual documented nuisance activity such as peace disturbance or altercations. Police Chief Lyndell Davis told the council that as long as establishments take reasonable measures to remedy nuisance situations and fully cooperate with police, it would not go against the owners. Davis said some establishments are considering banding together to ban patrons known to present problems. He said this 'self policing' would help free up his officers for other needs.
The Bill was approved unanimously after some discussion. Councilman Mike Dobson questioned whether the revisions address non-profits that sell alcohol at certain events. Councilman Louderman stated that would be addressed in an upcoming separate bill.
In other business, the council heard an update regarding an air ambulance service that plans to locate at the Hannibal Airport. Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council Director George Walley said time is of the essence as the company wants to begin service as soon as it receives approval and temporary quarters can be set up. Walley told the council to expect a legal agreement to be submitted for their approval in the near future.
These Resolutions were approved:
Approval of a contract with Wade-Stables P.C. for audit services for the city in the amount of $42,745.
The maintaining of an account with Sterne Agee Financial Services to invest funds for the 2010 Build America Bonds Debt Reserve Fund. Finance Director Doug Warren told the council the investments would be in "solid" commercial paper investments similar to a CD and this would allow for a small amount of interest to accrue on the reserve funds that are held in case of default.
The council also approved a Resolution authorizing $10,000 in engineering services for the city to be provided by Poepping, Stone, Bach, and Associates, Inc.
The issuance of $2,285,000 principal amount of Leasehold Revenue Refunding Bonds Series 2013 received a second and final reading.
Two Bills regarding recycling and raising the recycling fee to $1.90 per month were given a first reading. If the bills are approved, the recycling fee hike would be decided by voters in November.