The City of Sedalia is one step closer to becoming a Certified Local Government after the Sedalia City Council approved the program during Monday’s meeting.
The Certified Local Government program, offered through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, is for local communities that have pledged to help preserve their historic properties. The program could be beneficial to the city with its large number of older residences and commercial buildings.
“We’ve seen the benefits of CLG and CLG communities throughout Missouri for years and years. It’s probably been at least a 10 year journey getting to this point. The idea has been brought up several times,” said Meg Liston, director of Sedalia Downtown Development Inc. and a member of the Sedalia Historic Preservation Commission.
To become a CLG, a community must do the following items:
• Adopt a local historical preservation ordinance that provides the designation of historic landmarks and districts.
• Establish a historic preservation commission with no less than five members.
• Establish and maintain a system for ongoing survey and inventory of historic and prehistoric cultural resources.
• Provide for public participation in the local preservation program by outreach and educational activities.
Mayor Steve Galliher appointed the following people to the Sedalia Historic Preservation Commission on Monday: Roberta Myers, William Messerli, Meg Liston, Becky Imhauser and John Simmons.
The commission will now apply to the State of Missouri for the city to be recognized as a CLG community. From there, the commission will be tasked with several responsibilities.
“One of the major tasks is to take a survey of the historic properties in the whole Sedalia community,” Liston said. “There was an inventory of that type done in, I want to say 1981 or so, so that is desperately needing to be updated, something we’d probably bring in a consultant to do. With CLG, there should be funds to allow us to do that.
“… The commission will also set up procedure for accepting nominations as local historic landmarks or local historic districts, and so they will have procedures on accepting those applications and then moving on their recommendation or denial onto the other branches of the city.”
Once certified, Sedalia will also be eligible for additional grants and assistance from the State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), becoming a higher priority for funding as a CLG city.
The certification could also help bring a historic preservation conference to Sedalia, Liston said. Missouri Preservation has been looking to host its annual statewide conference in Sedalia for years, but was unable to due to Sedalia not being a CLG. Liston said the conference could now come to the city as early as 2017, bringing about 200 professionals to town for three days.
During the meeting council also:
• Approved an ordinance re-numbering Article III of Chapter 64 of the Code of Ordinances regarding Planned Unite Development in its entirety. According to the meeting packet, it is necessary to renumber these sections of the city’s code before the CLG ordinance can be implemented.
• Approved an ordinance amending Section 30-132 of the Code of Ordinances relating to disposal of unclaimed personal property in the Sedalia Police Department.
• Approved a bid and ordinance approving and accepting an agreement with Agricycle Inc. for the Yard Waste Grinding No. 6 Project.
• Approved Change Order No. 2 from Kissick Construction Co. for the Collection System Rehabilitation Phase 1A Project, bid package No. 1, for an increase of $24,691.50 for final quantity adjustments.
• Approved change order No. 3 from Spray Com Utilities Inc. for the Collection System Rehabilitation Phase 1A Project, bid package No. 2, for an increase of $20,180 for additional necessary repairs that were found during construction.
• Approved an ordinance approving and accepting permanent sanitary sewer easements from MJW LLC at the Galaxy Theatre.
• Approved an ordinance approving and accepting a pipeline crossing agreement with Union Pacific Railroad Co. for sanitary sewer purposes relating to the city’s sewer relief project.
• Approved Change Order No. 1 from Poort Excavating for the Sidewalk Project on 16th Street from Lamine to Ingram avenues for a decrease of $7,401.30 for final quantity adjustments.
All council members were present.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.