1 month, 3 weeks ago by Jim Dewey
Major Shayna Thompson, MD gave the flag after hearing about Lover's Leap's flag
A special flag was given to the city of Hannibal last night.
To open Tuesday's City Council meeting - the parents of Major Shayna Thompson, MD presented a flag that had flown over their daughter's base in Afghanistan. Major Thompson is the brigade surgeon for the Third Brigade, First Infantry Division U.S. Army and a Hannibal native. Her gift to the city came in response to news she heard in July about the burning of the flag on Lover's Leap.
Base Commander Colonel William B. Ostlund made the offer to fly the flag and send it to America's Hometown after hearing about the vandalism. On accepting the gift, Mayor Roy Hark suggested rather than flying the flag and exposing it to the elements -the city will put it in a display case so future generations of Hannibalians can see the flag.
In other action - council approved spending up to 30 thousand dollars for a full analysis of the swimming pool. Parks and Recreation director Andy Dorian said initially there are two concerns. The first is a major leak which causes the pool to lose water and the chemicals used to treat it which is getting very expensive.
Dorian told council members that at this point they don’t know where the leak is or where that water is going. The second concern, “We are at risk any moment of catastrophic failure of our piping system,” Dorian said.
The pipes were installed when the pool was built in the early 1960’s. After 50 years of chemicals flowing through them Dorian noted the pipes are corroded and could fail at any time which would force the pool to lose an entire season.
Council also discussed the operation of the Molly Brown House which is currently managed by the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Hannibal History Museum Foundation has offered to take over management of the house but council members want the entire plan spelled out before making any decisions.