The Hannibal City Council has a new member Tuesday night. The council unanimously voted James Locke to fill the open seat in the sixth ward.
Locke was one of three candidates to be considered for the opening, which was created with the resignation of Richard Draper. Locke said he doesn't know a lot about city government but said he's anxious to help Hannibal.
"You know, I joke with the guys I work with, you know they complain about the President and whomever, and they never vote. Well you don't have a leg to stand on when you do that so in my opinion this is my way to do what I can for the community of Hannibal," Locke said.
Locke will fill the seat until next April's election. Candidates have until December 11th to file as a candidate for city council, including the 6th Ward.
One of Locke's first votes as a councilman was to approve the demolition of five buildings in the city.
The city approved more than $30,000 worth of demolition, something it hasn't done in years. Building Inspector Joey Burnham said it's because the city is able to put more money into the demolition fund.
"We have a demolition fund that gets budgeted every year. Because of the economy in the past, it's been cut down pretty severe, but now we're trying to build it back up a little bit and get rid of the houses that are getting pretty bad," Burnham said.
Burnham says the contractors must have these buildings demolished within 45 days.
Also Tuesday night, the council approved a resolution to spend $5,500 to hire Big River Pest Control to rid the downtown area of pigeons. The company will trap the pigeons alive and take them to a breeder.
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