Hannibal’s Historic Cardiff Hill Lighthouse To Be Completely Rebuilt

Mark Twain New Rebuilt Memorial Lighthouse

By Edward Husar Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 5, 2019 9:50 pm Updated: Mar. 5, 2019 10:08 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The historic lighthouse atop Hannibal’s Cardiff Hill will be completely rebuilt under a $135,453 contract approved at Tuesday night’s Hannibal City Council meeting.

The council awarded the project to Martin Construction, the low bidder. The only other bid was submitted by Bleigh Construction for $165,422.

The contracts terms call for the project to be completed within 75 days. That means the new lighthouse should be in place by Memorial Day weekend.

The Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department sought bids for the project after Meco Engineering determined the existing lighthouse was in poor condition and should be torn down and replaced.

Andy Dorian, director of parks and recreation, said the Hannibal Board of Public Works will work separately on a lighting and electric project involving the lighthouse. All overhead power lines will be replaced with underground ones. The HBPW also will illuminate the lighthouse at night.

“It’s going to be pretty neat — a true beacon on the hill,” Dorian said.

Mayor James Hark said he’s glad to see steps being taken to rebuild the lighthouse.

“It’s an iconic landmark,” he said.

In other action, the council approved a revised job description spelling out the education and experience requirements for the new city manager who will be hired to replace Jeff LaGarce, who is leaving March 15 after 12 years in the position.

The new job description, for example, says at least seven years of previous city manager/city administrator experience is required along with a master’s degree in public administration or business administration. The Pace Group, which was hired to help with the search for a new city manager, will now begin narrowing the field of applicants. Interviews with top candidates will then be conducted.

The council agreed to waive normal bidding requirements so the city could buy a 17th emergency warning siren from the same company that installed the existing siren system.

Emergency Management Director John Hark secured a $19,915 grant from the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency to cover the cost. The additional siren will be installed near the western edge of Hannibal so it can be heard by people in the vicinity of Hannibal Regional Hospital.

“A lot of times (the current siren system) is not audible out there,” LaGarce said.

The council agreed to provide $100,000 in financial support for the Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council, which provides economic development services for the Hannibal area. That’s four times what the city provided previously.

LaGarce said the NEMO EDC has a new executive director, Cory Mehaffy, who is planning to provide a more comprehensive approach to economic development. “This is a great investment,” he said.

The council received a request for $100,000 in additional funding from the Northeast Missouri Humane Society, which would boost the city’s annual allocation to $175,000 a year. The organization’s director, Elise Blue, said the city’s allocation has not been increased for 22 years.

Hark said city officials would consider the request when they begin working on next year’s budget in May.

The council also:

Gave first reading to an ordinance rezoning property at 213 S. Fifth from E-commercial to a one- and two-family zoning classification. No opposition was expressed at a public hearing before the regular council meeting.
Approved a caterer’s license request from Jennifer Hart of Drakes Steak & Ale for the Hannibal Regional Foundation’s “Barn Bash” April 26 at the Orchard.
Approved street-closing requests from the Hannibal Regional Foundation for the annual Hannibal Cannibal on July 6 and from the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council for the annual Twain on Main event May 24-26.
Approved a $21,945 service agreement with Onsolve Code Red to enhance the Code Red public alert warning system used in Hannibal.