Sedalia City Council to discuss water system improvements

Democrat Staff

As the Sedalia City Council continues budget talks in advance of final approval in a few weeks, council will be discussing a possible large project during tonight’s meeting.

Council will be reviewing a resolution to declare the official intent of the City of Sedalia to finance the costs of acquiring and constructing improvements to the city’s water system.

According to information in the meeting packet, this project will address the need for improved water lines in certain areas of the city, specifically in areas where improved water pressure is needed to help the Sedalia Fire Department. SFD has told the Democrat about this issue in relation to combating several large fires over the last year.

According to the resolution, the improvements could include replacing and upsizing water lines, replacing and adding fire hydrants and refurbishing and repairing the Main Street water tower.

“The city has made, or expects to make, expenditures in connection with the project and the city may reimburse itself for such expenditures with the proceeds of revenue bonds, certificates of participation or other tax exempt financing by, or on behalf of, the city,” the resolution states. “The maximum principal amount of the tax exempt financing expected to be issued for the project is $11,000,000.”

During the pre-council meeting, State Fair Community College President Joanna Anderson will talk about the SFCC Building Strong Futures initiative. Finance Director Kelvin Shaw will continue further discussion about the Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget.

Mayor Stephen Galliher will present a service award to Executive Administrative Aide Ellen Cross for 10 years of service.

During the meeting council will also:

• Review an application for a Hazardous Moving Grant through the Missouri Highway Safety Program between the Sedalia Police Department and the Missouri Department of Transportation, Traffic and Highway Safety Division. Requested grant amount is $7,250.

• Review an ordinance amending the budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17 regarding the use of seizure funds for a computer voice stress analyzer.

• Review an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 10219 by approving and accepting an addendum to the agreement with Richard Helmig for adding an additional 24 acres of farmland adjacent to the Sedalia Regional Airport.

• Review Change Order No. 2 from Poort Excavating for $7,200 for the Storm Drainage Improvements Project, areas 18A, 18B and 20. According to the meeting packet, this additional work was done at the request of city staff in the area of Southwest Boulevard. This change order brings the project total to $137,347.20, below the budgeted $142,000.

• Review an ordinance approving and accepting a supervised work release program agreement with the Missouri Department of Corrections, Division of Adult Institutions, Tipton Correctional Center. This is a renewal. According to the meeting packet, the agreement would be in effect May 1 to April 30, 2018, with up to two year extensions. The program allows the use of inmates for maintenance work at the cemetery, airport, streets and waste water facilities.

• Discussion of Galliher’s veto of Ordinance 10567, the airport state block grant agreement, that was passed by council at the special meeting Feb. 27. Council will have to vote to uphold the veto.

• Review a records destruction request from the Finance Department.

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.

Democrat Staff

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