Sedalia City Council to vote on Oak Grove/Curry intersection improvements

Meeting to include public hearing on sewer rate increase

Democrat Staff

During the campaign for the city’s use tax issue on the August 2015 ballot, voters were told the additional revenue would be used to improve the intersection at Oak Grove Lane and Curry Street. Voters overwhelmingly approved the measure, and now the city is holding up their end of the deal.

The Sedalia City Council will hear a presentation during tonight’s meeting from David Knopick regarding the future land use map and roadway framework on U.S. Highway 50 at the Oak Grove Lane and Curry Street intersection.

Council will then vote on an ordinance approving and accepting a Cost Apportionment Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for improvement or reconstruction at the intersection. According to information in the meeting packet, approval of this agreement means MoDOT will pay for new street light signals at the intersection up to $318,140. Because of this partnership and coupled with the city’s planned improvements to the intersection, a total of roughly $650,000 will be budgeted for this intersection for Fiscal Year 2017.

Voting on the intersection improvements is just the start of a packed agenda. At the beginning of the regular council meeting at 7 p.m., there will be a public hearing for proposed sewer rates. During the hearing public comments will be allowed regarding increasing the city’s residential, commercial and industrial wastewater sewer rates to finance the costs to make continued improvements to the city’s wastewater sewer system.

The proposed residential monthly base rate increase is from $8 to $9, commercial is from $35 to $37, and industrial from $60 to $75, all for customers within city limits.

The hearing is the first of two steps to accomplish the proposed increase. Council will vote on the increase at the Sept. 19 meeting.

Once the meeting begins, council will vote on appointments to the newly-created Rental Inspection Committee, another step toward more discussions about a possible rental inspection ordinance. The proposed appointees, as recommended by Mayor Stephen Galliher, are Stephen Galliher, Jeff Leeman, David Wiedeman, Terri Hunter, Charles Leftwich, Mary Merritt and Kim Welch.

During the pre-council meeting, council will hear two other presentations: a final report on the city’s sewer project from Olsson Associates and a monthly financial update from Finance Director Kelvin Shaw.

During the meeting council will also:

• Review an ordinance adding a disinterment fee ($100) for a child younger than 6 to Section 14-26 of the city’s Code of Ordinances and to the fee schedule.

• Review quotes for the purchase of two 2017 Dodge 1500 Tradesman Regular Cab 4×4 pickups from Bryant Motors for $22,649 per vehicle for the Community Development Department through the State of Missouri Cooperative Procurement Program.

• Review a records destruction request from the Personnel Department.

• Review an ordinance adopting policies and procedures for the consideration and evaluation of Economic Development Incentives applications. Council has discussed this policy during two previous meetings. If approved, the policy will set guidelines for the future use of state-approved incentives for industry and retail development.

• Review an ordinance approving a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) contract with the Liberty Center Association for the Arts Inc. for implementation of the second amendment to the Midtown TIF Redevelopment Plan as it relates to the Uptown Theater project and authorizing the mayor to execute the contract.

• Review an ordinance approving a TIF contract with LCAA for implementation of the second amendment to the Midtown TIF Redevelopment Plan as it relates to the Liberty Center Theater and authorizing the mayor to execute the contract.

The Sedalia City Council pre-meeting will begin at 6 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.
Meeting to include public hearing on sewer rate increase

Democrat Staff

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