City cashing in on grant opportunities

By Hannibal Courier-Post
Posted: Jun. 26, 2020 9:47 am

HANNIBAL | In her recent budget summary letter, Hannibal City Manager Lisa Peck promised that the city will continue to “actively seek out any and all potentially available funding.” One such opportunity that the city has been utilizing when possible is grant funding.

One of the bigger grants the city has secured in recent months is for over $700,000. The Governor's Cost Share Grant will be utilized for road expansion in the business park located at the junction of Shinn Lane and Highway MM.

“The (grant for the) Lakeside Road was another big one,” Peck said.

• $298,456 from the Missouri Department of Transportation for the Palmyra Road sidewalk project, which was held over from fiscal year 2020.

• $115,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Grant for a new street sweeper and front-end loader, which will be purchased in fiscal year 2021.

• $62,400 from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Grant for fire department equipment.

• $43,635 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant for thermal imaging cameras for the fire department.

Currently the city is pursuing an emergency Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $752,479 to help pay for the repair of a stormwater sewer that failed earlier this year on Union Street.

“If we get the emergency CDBG we will have added over $2 million in grants,” Peck said. “Over $2 million in grants is not bad and we're not done yet. We will hopefully be getting more.”

Although not ready to commit at this point, Peck may soon be exploring the availability of grant money for the demolition of some of the vacant structures which are scattered throughout the community.

“It would be nice to get some grant money for demos, but we are not at that point yet where I have enough of an idea of what the scope would be, and what the request would be, and what the funding source would be,” she said.





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