Sedalia City Council to discuss new police station financing

Democrat Staff

The Sedalia City Council will take another step toward a new Sedalia Police Station during tonight’s meeting.

Council gave city staff approval to move forward in planning for a new police facility, as the Sedalia Police Department has outgrown its current facility at the Sedalia Municipal Building, according to SPD officials.

During tonight’s meeting, council will review a resolution to declare the official intent of the City of Sedalia to finance a new police station. According to information provided in the council meeting packet, this Resolution of Reimbursement was suggested and written by the city’s bonding attorney from the Gilmors-Bell firm; it was reviewed by Finance Director Kelvin Shaw.

If approved by council tonight, this will allow new funds for the construction of a new station to also pay for related expenses incurred prior to the approval of the financing.

During the meeting Mayor Stephen Galliher will present a service award to Sanitation Department employee Michael Douglas for five years of service. He will also recognize Sedalia Police Officer Ronald Miller for retiring after 29 years and two months of service.

Galliher will also present awards to the June Yard of the Month Contest winners:

• First Ward: Bob and Beverly Morris, 2023 W. 14th St.

• Second Ward: Donald and Kendra Maples, 422 E. Fifth St.

• Third Ward: No participants.

• Fourth Ward/Grand Prize: Dallas Duncan, 3304 Plaza Circle.

During the meeting council will also:

• Review an ordinance approving and accepting an airport sublease agreement with Steven R. Garrett and RJD Group and Gemini Professionals LLC.

• Review bids for the demolition of a structure located at 541 E. Fourth St. City staff recommends the low bid of $1,500 from Schultz Wrecking.

• Review an ordinance granting a rezoning application by Lawrence J. Klein for property located at 1602 S. Harrison Ave., 1606 S. Harrison Ave., and 1618 S. Harrison Ave. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval. Council has tabled this item twice, at the June 6 and June 20 meetings. According to the meeting packet, City Attorney Anne Gardner has provided options to council for this meeting.

• Review an ordinance approving and accepting a business associate agreement with New Directions Behavioral Health LLC for the renewal of Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits for city employees. According to the meeting packet, this ordinance is necessary since the city changed health insurance carriers. The city’s previous carrier had paid part of the EAP cost last year, but that is no longer the case, so the increased EAP cost under the new carrier is $1,950.85.

The Sedalia City Council pre-meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room with the regular meeting immediately following at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Municipal Building, 200 S. Osage Ave. For more information, call 827-3000.

Democrat Staff

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