Homes will soon sprout up where historic apple trees once stood. Over 70 new homes are planned for a 53 acre portion of the former Fette Orchard off Palmyra Road, after Hannibal City Council approval. Developers Brad Peters and John Borrowman were present Tuesday evening as the council gave a Second and Final Reading to the Bill approving the project .

Peters says differences between the developers and the city have been resolved. One of the major issues was storm water management. The city was asking for construction specs to meet a 25 year storm water plan, while the developers felt the 10 year plan was adequate. Engineers representing both parties came to an agreement that the 10 year plan was sufficient. Issues with the curvature of the access roads were also worked out in a similar fashion.

Peters says there are always a number of steps that must be taken before the dirt moving starts, but working with the city has been a good experience overall. This is the fourth subdivision he has undertaken in Hannibal. He expects construction on the Fette Subdivision First Addition to begin in August. Homes will be priced around $300,000 and up—Peters says homes will be a good fit with the nearby Orchard Point Subdivision. Now the biggest hurdle he faces might be Mother Nature—Peters is hopeful the wet weather will subside soon.

The council also acted on two more property issues:

  • A zoning change means Preferred Healthcare can now build an apartment complex on land located between Route W and Highway 61. The council approved a Bill changing the zoning from Commercial to Multiple Family.
  • A lot located at 313 Bird Street will be sold to Mark Callicott for $25.00. The sale was approved after Building Inspector Joey Burnham told the council the house had been demolished and the lot is too small to rebuild. City Manager Jeff LaGarce commented the city’s role is to not hold onto these types of properties, but to act as a “conduit” to get them into the hands of new owners who will use them productively.

Three financial issues also received council approval:

  • A Payroll Bill is approved regarding the pay plan for city employees for Fiscal Year 2015-16.
  • The council approved the 2015-16 Fiscal Year Budget.
  • Finance Director Doug Warren received approval for early deposit of money payable to bond holders. The funds were appropriated in the new fiscal budget but will need to be deposited by June 22 which is in the current fiscal year.

In other business:

  • Luther Manor Nursing Home received approval to hold a fireworks display the night of June 26.
  • Street Closures were approved for the rescheduled Color Run scheduled to be held Saturday morning, June 20.

Several reappointments to Boards and Commissions were approved:

  • Dena Ellis to the Historic District Development Commission.
  • Robert Saxbury to the Board of Adjustment.
  • Ryan Rapp and Sue Lewis to the City Employee Benefit Trust Board.