Robert Stevenson, General Manager of BPW is paid $126,000 per year. His salary breaks down to a little more than $1 a minute. So why is he trying to influence the Proposition 1 and 2 Referendum? Stevenson, who is also the treasurer of the Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council, was bold enough to put his name on a referendum flyer. At least City Manager Jeff Lagarce, who used Hannibal time and materials, left his name out of his Proposition 1 and 2 brochure. This resulted in Jeff Lagarce ($95,487 per year) being found guilty of Ethics violations by the Missouri Ethics Commission. Was this only the tip of the City Hall Iceberg? How many more illegal activities are being pulled off by The City Hall Mafia? The citizens of Hannibal have long been treated as a cash cow that can be milked for their profit. BPW Management wages are way out of proportion in Hannibal, where 22% of the population live in poverty.
Just when we thought Stevenson had displayed enough of his $126,000 a year blather, he stuns everyone! Forget what you have been told about energy conservation being good. Stevenson states that if the people of Hannibal would just use more energy, we would prosper. Stevenson told the crowd at the recent annexation meeting, “You either grow, or you die”. He cited the decrease in electrical usage in the city as one barometer of declining economic activity. Which brings up an even more interesting question. Why is Stevenson now involved in the annexation of resident’s property? It’s one thing to sell people tainted drinking water by day, so why take their homes also? So should we believe Stevenson about using more power? Residents’ could throw away their microwaves and go back to using more energy. That would make Hannibal prosper. Yeah, Right. If Hannibal is dying, as the Courier-Post says, it’s because Hannibal has forgotten those who pay the bills and gone chasing after the Tourist Dollar. Resident’s want to get the water situation straightened out, there is probably only one way. Tell the tourist’s, “The water in Hannibal isn’t safe to drink”. The powers that be at City hall would start taking care of the water immediately.