A judge is scheduled to hear a request by the Hannibal Board of Public Works for a temporary restraining order as they try to meet the mandate of Proposition One.

In a press conference Thursday, BPW General Manager Bob Stevenson said that basically the only reason for the restraining order is the 90 day deadline in Prop One that the city stop using ammonia to treat its water.

Stevenson said they were told by engineers that changing the water treatment method would take about two years.

He also said an unsuccessful attempt was made to take the 90 day requirement out of Prop One before it was put on the ballot.

Stevenson said the time requirement puts BPW in the position of violating state regulations if it stops using ammonia for water treatment, and violating city ordinances if it doesn’t.

The hearing on the restraining order is scheduled for August 4th.

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