Hannibal struggles to fund stormwater, implements new policy

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The city of Hannibal is struggling to figure out how to fix its stormwater issues.
The city does not have funding set up to fix these issues.
Voters denied a ballot issue in November that would have set up a stormwater utility fee.
Now, Hannibal’s Board of Public works is revamping efforts to bring a different ballot issue to voters later this year.
But Tuesday , the city approved a policy with BPW about private property stormwater issues. Under the new policy, BPW will not be required to maintain those problems.
“Anything on private property that’s not within a city right of way or a city easement, we are not allowed to maintain legally. We have a lot of liability issues So that was always our stance and this just kind of formalizes that,” said BPW general manager Heath Hall.
As for the ballot issue to fund fixes to stormwater, BPW says they hope to bring a ballot issue to voters in November or next April.
Brett Knese

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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