A famous Hannibal landmark will soon be more resplendent than ever. The Hannibal City Council has approved the reconstruction of the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse on Cardiff Hill. Parks and Recreation Director Andy Dorian says the 54 foot-tall beacon has deteriorated to the point that it will have to be torn down.

Martin Construction was the low bidder at $135,453. The structure will be rebuilt with modern weather-resistant composite materials. Work is expected to begin soon, with a 75-day construction timeline. The restoration will include custom-color illumination of the lighthouse at night by remote control.

In other business:
Jeff LaGarce attended the final city council meeting of his 12-year career as Hannibal’s City Manager. LaGarce is leaving the post to move to the St. Louis area to be closer to family.

He cited numerous examples of how the city has progressed, including the major road rebuild initiative and the Shinn Lane Roundabout, retaining of quality city personnel, business development, expansion of General Mills and Hannibal Regional Hospital, increased tourism, and the ongoing riverfront renovation. LaGarce is also optimistic the renovation of the former St. Elizabeth’s hospital into senior apartments will happen once the Missouri Housing Development Grants are approved.

The city has contracted with the Pace Group to assist in the search for a new City Manager.

The Council also approved:

A service agreement with the Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council for $100,000, to promote, expand and retain business in the area.  City Manager Jeff LaGarce praised the efforts of the new NEMO EDC Director Corey Mahaffey, who has only been on the job for about 2 months.

A request by Finance Director Karen Burditt to amend the current year budget to recognize new expenses and revenue:

  • An additional $18,000  for emergency repairs to the roof and insulation at the General Mills Warehouse.
  • An additional $15,000 for salt and sand for the Street Dept. due to the higher incidence of snow and ice events this winter.
  • Adjustment on both sides of the ledger to recognize a $3736 donation from CF Industries to the Hannibal Fire Department, which was spent for Hazmat and Swift Water Rescue equipment.