There has been talk about upgrading the Hannibal City Council chamber since the 90s.
But for one reason or another, those changes never happened ... until now.
A major renovation of the chamber was recently completed, moving the room well into the 21st century while still preserving its historical character.
"This something that needed to be done for probably at least the past decade."
Hannibal City Clerk Angelica Vance
The changes and upgrades to the Hannibal City Council chamber are both subtle and dramatic.
The carpet was replaced, the chairs in the gallery were reupholstered and the walls were repainted from what City Clerk Angelica Vance describes as a swimming pool blue to a cream and green which brings out the jade color of the marble posts that surround the room.
A member of the Hannibal Police Department also volunteered his time and created a beautiful new wooden dais.
But the biggest change is the upgrade in technology.
"We had an outdated audio system, no visual," Vance said. "We were still taping the meetings on cassette. Having a hard time actually hearing things. So the audio visual upgrade was imperative."
That upgrade included dual projectors and screens facing both front and back which allow both the council members and the chamber to view images at the same time and can be controlled by a touchscreen.
New microphones on the dais can also be controlled through the same screen. And a laptop can be quickly hooked up the podium.
Project Manager Brian Chaplin says that it was not an easy task to make these tech upgrades to such and old building.
"It's difficult with the walls and the way it is built and how to get the wire shoved through different areas," Chaplin said. "You know it's a challenge. It takes a good design to accomplish that. Basically it took some time but we got it all to work."
But the history that makes Hannibal the beloved community that it is has not been forgotten.
"Oh it was awesome to see it up on the wall, big like that," Osterhout said. "Cause there's no comparison to a little snapshot and then having something blown up and put on the wall."
Angelica Vance says that
the council members
are happy with the changes and upgrades.
"They were pleased with the colors," Vance said. "When they were able to use the audio visual program. It's been beneficial to them. It's not "oh can we find a laptop, can we find a projector?" It's all right here. Easy access for all of them."
The project was completed in two phases with funds from the city's general revenue fund.
The total cost was around $30,000.