Citizens in Sedalia’s Fourth Ward have a new representative, as Ward 4 Councilwoman Megan Page was sworn in during Monday night’s Sedalia City Council meeting.
Page joined her fellow Ward 4 council member Tollie Rowe in Council Chambers, with Mayor Stephen Galliher putting her name plate in place after he escorted her to her seat.
“It feels official, it’s exciting,” Page told the Democrat during a reception following the meeting. “I’m ready to get to work. I don’t know what to expect, but it’ll be good.”
Page took her oath of office with Ward 1 Councilwoman Jo Lynn Turley, Ward 2 Councilman Russell Driskell and Ward 3 Councilman Bob Cross, who were all sworn in for another term after being unopposed in the April 4 election.
The audience for the ceremony included Page’s husband, Jeff, and their two sons, Jonah and Jude, along with a few friends.
“It was a big moment for our family and hopefully something the boys can make memories of and look back on,” Page said.
Page won the April 4 municipal election with 63.2 percent (529 votes) of voter support, with former Ward 4 Councilwoman Mary Merritt receiving 36.8 percent (308 votes). Merritt was appointed in September by Galliher to fill the remainder of former Ward 4 Councilwoman Vicky Collins’ term.
“(I’m looking forward to) working with the other council members to try to make the best decisions for Sedalia that we can,” Page said. “We won’t agree on everything, but in the end we’ll come up with the best solution for Sedalia.”
After the swearing-in ceremony, the council elected Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Leeman as the new mayor pro-tem.
During the pre-council meeting, Finance Director Kelvin Shaw gave council the monthly financial update, which included a final sales tax report for Fiscal Year 2017.
“We ended the year down 1.4 percent on sales tax, but then when you add in the new use tax, the total revenue ended up 1.4 percent above for the fiscal year,” he said.
During the meeting council also:
• Approved an ordinance approving and accepting a first amendment to the agreement for dispatch services between the Sedalia Police Department and the Pettis County Ambulance District.
• Approved a bid for rescue tool for the Sedalia Fire Department.
• Approved an ordinance repealing Ordinance No. 9096 by removing two handicapped parking spaces in front of 823 W. Sixth St.
• Approved an ordinance establishing a 30-minute parking restriction and three no parking restrictions in the area bounded by West 16th Street, Stone Creek Drive and Brianna Boulevard.
• Approved an ordinance amending Sections 5.3, 5.4, 6.1, 6.6, 6.12 and Regulation 12 and deleting Section 6.15 of the Personnel Regulations Manual relating to overtime.
• Approved an ordinance deleting Section 4.11 of the Personnel Regulation Manual and adding a new Section 4.11 pertaining to workplace relationships.
• Approved an ordinance amending Section 12-141 of the Code of Ordinances relating to retail merchant license fees and amending the fees found in Chapters 2, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 24, 52, 62, 64 and the Sedalia Regional Airport of the fee schedule.
• Approved all appointments from Mayor Stephen Galliher.
Ward 2 Councilwoman Bonita Nash was absent.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or on Twitter @NicoleRCooke.