The Hannibal City Council met in regular session Tuesday night. $60 million dollars in BPW unfunded mandates and renewal of the Ameren power contract were the big pocketbook issues.

With two councilmen absent, members voted unanimously to extend Hannibal’s power supply contract with Ameren to May 2017, with a reduction in wholesale price the last two years.

Board of Public Works General Manager Bob Stevenson also updated the Council on EPA and Missouri DNR unfunded mandatory upgrades to water and sewer systems. Stevenson put the total cost at nearly 60 million dollars, but says negotiations are underway to delay some projects in hopes of cash-flowing the improvements.

In other business, the Council approved a motion to provide $13,000 for services to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home to offset the sidewalk project assessment. Councilmen also adopted the 2012 tax rate and gave the go ahead for purchase of new playground equipment for Spooner Creek Park. A motion authorizing the City to hold a surplus property auction was also approved; the sale date yet to be decided.

Bob Burditt of the American Legion Post #55 addressed the Council regarding a proposed Turkey Shoot on Highway MM. Burditt clarified the rules and outlined the strict requirements that will be observed, including a ban on alcohol on the firing range.