Hannibal’s new city manager promises to improve housing in the community.
She says reinvestment into neighborhoods can jump start the community.
Lisa Peck, the new Hannibal City Manager, says before she makes sweeping changes to how the city is run, she wants to hear from its people.
“I need to know what’s important to this community and I need to find out what they’re priorities are and wrap that into what I may notice and bring that to some people’s attention,” she said.
One thing she hopes to accomplish in her new role is to re-energize the housing stock in the area.
“There’s some that have deferred maintenance and to keep that from getting worse to the point where you may actually lose some of the housing stock because once it’s gone, you can’t get it back,” she said.
Peck says reusing buildings that are vacant can help a neighborhood’s image.
That’s why she says she wants to see projects through like the former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital turning into senior apartments.
“If you see properties that are maintained and properties that are being rehabbed then it strengthens the image of the community,” Peck said.
Peck says there’s no true timeline to when she hopes to accomplish some of these goals but she plans to seek out different grants and other programs to accomplish them.