FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HANNIBAL BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS RESPONDS TO PROPOSITION S
April 3, 2019 – Hannibal, MO – The Hannibal Board of Public Works would like to thank the Hannibal community for placing their vote during the April 2nd election. With the failure of Proposition S, the HBPW’s next step will be to consult with their Board of Directors and other City Officials to determine the most favorable way to fund Stormwater System repairs and maintenance activities. The next Board of Directors meeting is on April 16th and alternate strategies for long term Stormwater System funding will be discussed. This Board meeting is open to the public and will take place at 4:00 PM at the Hannibal Board of Public Works Service Center.
“We empathize with the customers who are past tired of waiting on a repair to their street and failed stormwater system below,” states Heath Hall, General Manager for the Hannibal Board of Public Works. The proposition would have granted authority to the HBPW to implement a fee structure that would, in time, pay for repairs to large-scale infrastructure failures such as Martin Street, Chestnut Street, or South 7th. However, due to lack of funding, the HBPW will continue to secure these problems temporarily with a combination of steel plates and other precautions to ensure the safety of those living and driving in these areas.
Moving forward, the HBPW Stormwater Department will continue to prioritize MS4 water quality regulations. This includes focusing on measurable goals laid out in the Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) submitted to DNR in May of 2018.
“We are encouraged that the final vote demonstrated that there is community awareness about this topic.” States Andrea Campbell, Stormwater Coordinator, “Moving forward we hope this dialogue continues so that we can come together and address stormwater issues.”