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Stormwater discussion opens at Hannibal City Council

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HANNIBAL WGEM-- Multiple incidents concerning storm water system failures throughout the town sparked a new discussion Tuesday night at the Hannibal City Council meeting.

There have been concerns from the community that if standards with the sewage systems are not updated then fines, and the potential to lose federal funding and assets, could come back down on the city.

Officials said for years, storm sewers and sanitary sewers have combined sources of water.

They said the problem is the city's budget is spoken for, and funds are very low.

The mayor said he would like to leave the decision to the people to vote on and decide how the city will fund the changes needed to the sewer systems.

"Before we are forced by a governmental entity to fix the problem and then be fined if we don't get the problem fixed. We need to come up with a way to do this and stay ahead of things", said Mayor James Hark.

The council agreed that it would be best to offer educational opportunities to the public to properly inform people about what is on the table, and at risk, when it comes time to vote on how the city moves forward with funding.

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