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Hannibal City Council votes down rezoning proposal


It was a heated debate tonight at the Hannibal City Council meeting on whether to rezone lots near St. Mary's Avenue from residential to commercial.  Mayor Roy Hark even called it a lose-lose for the council because someone would be disappointed. 

The biggest problem for the city council is not knowing exactly what will be built on the lots that would be rezoned.  Because of contractual purposes, the Ketterer family, who owns the land and wants to rezone it, couldn't divulge which business would be interested in building on those lots.  However, Jeremy Ketterer said by changing the zoning, tax revenue and jobs could come into the city. 

People who live off St. Mary's Avenue and the surrounding area made their voices heard, asking the City Council to not move forward with rezoning.  Residents argue it would hurt their property value as well as create an unsafe situation with more traffic.  The City Council voted 4-3 not to have a second reading, basically killing the proposal.  Neighbor Terry Hull said he was thrilled with the decision but knows it may not be over.

"I hope that we don't have to keep fighting this battle, but I suppose that is always a possibility.  I don't know how many times they can legally attempt this, but it is a possibility in the future that we may face this dilemma again," Hull said. 

The City Council also voted to not put in speed tables on Stardust Drive, but they did decide to raise the speed limit from 25 to 30 miles per hour. 

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