Community

Voters retain Hannibal recycling fee

In this file photo, Mike Willing, right, and Beanka Coons load newsprint and other paper into a horizontal bailer at 2 Rivers Industries recycling facility in Hannibal. Voters showed their support for recycling Tuesday by agreeing to pay a recycling fee for the next three years.
COURIER-POST FILE PHOTO
For THE COURIER-POST
Posted: Jun. 3, 2020 1:00 pm Updated: Jun. 3, 2020 1:14 pm

HANNIBAL | Residents in Hannibal showed their support for recycling Tuesday, agreeing to keep paying a monthly recycling fee for the next three years.

The issue was supported by 57% of the voters and will preserve the monthly fee of $1.90 on utility bills issued by the Hannibal Board of Public Works, for recycling provided within the city limits of Hannibal.

A third-party contractor will be hired to provide recycling services, with preference granted to contractors that providing jobs for people with disabilities.

The fee is set to expire on April 30, 2023.

The recycling fee ballot issue was to have appeared on the April ballot, but that election was pushed back until June 2 on order of Gov. Mike Parson as a COVID-19 virus precaution.

The delay in voting on the recycling ordinance left the Hannibal Board of Public Works Board with a decision to make regarding collection of the recycling fee. Rather than continue to collect the fee beyond the date when it needed to be re-approved, the HBPW Board opted to take a "safer option" which was to stop collection of that fee until such time as the people had an opportunity to vote on it. The HBPW ceased collection of the fee on May 1.

Factoring in the HBPW Board's decision to stop collection of the fee was the fact that 2 Rivers Industries, Inc., the contractor overseeing Hannibal's recycling program, had not been providing the service since late March when it suspended operations in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In this file photo, Mike Willing, right, and Beanka Coons load newsprint and other paper into a horizontal bailer at 2 Rivers Industries recycling facility in Hannibal. Voters showed their support for recycling Tuesday by agreeing to pay a recycling fee for the next three years.
COURIER-POST FILE PHOTO

In Case You Missed It

HANNIBAL | The Marion County Health Department on July 6 reported four additional positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19): a male age 80 to 90 nursing home resident, currently hospitalized; a male age 40 to 50 quarantined at home; a female age 60 to 70 quarantined at home; and, a female age 20 to 30 quarantined at home. The total Marion County positive cases was 31 (five hospitalized), 25 active and six recovered.