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Hannibal City Council extends ammonia removal timeline

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Council talks with water advocate during Tuesday's Hannibal City Council meeting. Council talks with water advocate during Tuesday's Hannibal City Council meeting.
3rd Ward councilman Melissa Cogdal talks during Tuesday's meeting. 3rd Ward councilman Melissa Cogdal talks during Tuesday's meeting.
HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

The 90-day window to remove ammonia from Hannibal's drinking water has since passed, but Tuesday city council gave the Hannibal Board of Public Works more time to make the change. 

BPW will have three years to get ammonia removed, but a letter filed by water quality advocates say it could be done by this time next year.

Hannibal City councilmen chose three years based off an independent study done by the city and contact with the Department of Natural Resources. However advocates wanted it tabled saying council needed to get all the answers before making a decision.

One of the advocates felt a study done by the city should have been submitted to meet DNR's compliance schedule.

"No compliance schedule has been submitted," Dennis Kolarik said. "The problem's not with the people wanting you to honor the vote, the problem is somebody didn't fill in the compliance report and send them on their way."

Council doesn't agree saying the report was only a cost study and not an actual compliance schedule. 3rd Ward Councilman Melissa Cogdal stressed residents need to give BPW time to make the necessary changes. She says while she would like to see ammonia turned off soon, council knows it's not that easy and was respecting the will of the people.

"I know there's a lot of time and consideration by all the council put into the writing and adding of this ordinance," Cogdal said. "We added giving updates and things like that. We really did the best we could to protect the citizens on this."

Cogdal added while the ordinance gives three years, she believes it will be done sooner than that.

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