The Hannibal City Council Tuesday night gave its blessing to pursuing grant money for hazard pay for the city’s front line workers.

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As a result of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Marion County, Director of Finance Karen Burditt asked the council for permission to apply to the Marion County Commission for $173-thousand dollars in CARES Act grant money, which would be used for a hazard pay increase for Hannibal front line police and fire personnel.

If the grant is approved by the county commission, each front line worker would get an extra $240 per pay period in hazard pay.