Library board presents updates to council

By Nicole Cooke - [email protected]

By Nicole Cooke

[email protected]

Almost two years after the Sedalia Public Library temporarily relocated for repairs to its building on Third Street, the Sedalia City Council heard an update on that project during Monday’s meeting.

Sedalia Public Library Director Pam Hunter gave a presentation to council Monday, giving background on the renovation project that took place from July 2012 to November 2013 on the now 114-year-old building.

The project started as simple tuck pointing, but turned into a much larger project once workers found three-inch cracks along the roof, and the weight of the building’s columns were causing it to lean and shift.

Last year saw more capital improvements on the building, with several projects due to a pesky squirrel.

“We had a new air conditioner in the basement, $11,000, but the insurance — it was a squirrel problem — the insurance ended up paying all but $1,000; that was the deductible,” Hunter said. “That same squirrel caused damage in the elevator — he was a very expensive little squirrel — $54,624 of which insurance paid $50,000 because that is the most they will pay on an occurrence.

“$10,170 went to store our records off-site because we were going to have to purchase two servers, so it was more cost effective to do that,” she continued. “Then we had a lawn project, $42,785 for irrigation system, sod, new flagpole, bike racks, concrete pads and a concrete ramp, all donated by the Sedalia Public Library Foundation.”

The 2015-16 budget for the library is $681,215. Hunter noted the library has 138,045 items in its collection, including books, CDs, movies, microfilm and eBooks. Of that number, 76,992 are actually in the library on the shelf, with the remaining in the eBooks EBSCO collection and in the Missouri Consortium eBook and audio book collection.

Council also heard a monthly financial update from Finance Director Kelvin Shaw, who reported sales tax is up 18 percent year-over-year for the month of September, which brought the city’s year-to-date to 4.5 percent.

“If you recall, we budgeted a 4 percent increase, so we are now a little bit above budget as far as sales tax collections,” Shaw said.

During the meeting council also approved the final large project for the city’s sewer project, a stormwater facility to be built near the intersection of 24th Street and New York Avenue. It approved a bid of $5,742,818 and an ordinance approving and accepting an agreement with Smi-Co Construction Inc. for the Peak Flow Management Improvements Stormwater Equalization (EQ-2) project. This is the last anticipated large project associated with the overall sewer project.

Council also voted on the following items related to the sewer project:

• Approved Change Order No. 1 from Site Rite Construction Co. for $60,206.85 for the Southeast Basin Relief Sewer Project.

• Approved an ordinance approving and accepting a contract for sale of real estate and warranty deed with the Heckart Family Foundation for property associated with the city’s EQ-2 project.

• Approved Change Order No. 1 from Smi-Co Construction Inc. for the Peak Flow Management Improvements Stormwater Equalization project. The change order has no cost and includes specification clarifications requested to be added by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

• Approved Change Order No. 2 from Smi-Co Construction Inc. for the Peak Flow Management Improvements Stormwater Equalization (EQ-2) project for a deduction of $681,149.

During the meeting council also:

• Approved a resolution authorizing an application by the Sedalia Fire Department for funding through a Walmart Community Grant for the purchase of fire safety materials to be utilized in Sedalia and neighboring communities.

• Approved a bid from Kelly Equipment of Ft. Madison, Iowa, for $467 per two-yard dumpster (20 dumpsters) and $671 per four-yard dumpster (20 dumpsters). According to information provided in the meeting packet, the city was awarded up to a $28,000 grant for cardboard recycling dumpsters.

• Approved bids for the demolition of structures located at 707 S. Lafayette, 104 E. Jefferson St., 607 E. Ninth St., 104 W. Morgan St., and 916 S. Ohio Ave.

• Approved bids for life, dental and vision insurance, as it is time for the city to renew these employee benefits.

• Approved an ordinance approving and accepting a terms sheet by Star Acquisitions Inc. for the proposed U.S. Highway 50 Tax Increment Financing District. It is anticipated to occur in November.

Councilman Jim Cunningham was absent.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.

Sedalia Democrat

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.

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