The Sedalia City Council and city staff have made progress on the goals created at the January strategic planning session, with almost all short-term goals either completed or in progress.
City Administrator Gary Edwards gave council an update on where the city stands with its six short-term goals — to be completed between January 2015 and January 2017 — and its six long-term goals — to be completed January 2017 and beyond.
“In a nutshell, virtually all the short-term goals have been completed already and we’re only halfway into the year,” Edwards said. “If they’re not completed, they are virtually complete.”
Council’s top goal was “continue to fund/construct infrastructure improvements,” and for the second year in a row, $1 million was allotted for the Street Department, the most the city has ever spent yearly on street repair and construction. Council also completed its goal of putting a use tax issue on a ballot in 2015, passing two tax issues in April.
Edwards said a space needs analysis of the Sedalia Police Station is “virtually complete,” and rough cost estimates have been made, although costs need to be “fine-tuned” before announcing that number.
“We’ve looked at a couple of sites (for the future police station) and I think it’s going to work out, at this point anyway, to be very close to City Hall here. All of that has been completed,” Edwards said. “We’ve had numerous meetings with the police department, with other staff, and the design people have been in town to meet with several police officers, not only the police chief. That’s moving along quite well.”
Progress is also being made in regards to the ongoing Clean Up Sedalia initiative. Several buildings deemed dangerous have been demolished this year, and council approved more during last week’s meeting. Edwards also said it’s almost time for council to begin discussing a possible rental inspection ordinance, a topic that has been discussed for months.
“We’ve gone through a number of meetings at the staff level, and those meetings also looked at cost, it also looked at putting together a draft of an ordinance. We’re ready to bring it to you before we bring it to the public,” Edwards said. “We want to get your input, want to do some more fine-tuning on the draft, but we anticipate that yet this year — meaning if not October then November — we’ll be bringing a draft to you, probably in a work session environment.”
Edwards also spoke about council’s goal to continue retail recruitment in Sedalia. He said the city is working with some developers on bringing new businesses, which he said “looks very, very promising and it relates to incentives.”
“‘Utilize incentives, as appropriate to stimulate activity.’ That’s an important comment right there,” Edwards said of a strategy council came up with to reach their retail recruitment goal. “Going by what you suggested, that we look at incentives as a way to attract businesses to the community, retail in this particular case, we’re doing that.
“A TIF of course is an incentive, that’s something that’s being looked at very closely for some businesses that we cannot comment on at this point. We’ve signed some letters of confidentiality that are very interested in coming to the community. When I say very interested, it’s even beyond that.”
During the meeting council also:
• Approved an ordinance amending the budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16, due to finding a less expensive option for repairing a leachate leak at the city’s landfill. The amendment will allow the leftover $74,150 to be used for three “essential” projects to be completed at the city’s compost facility: moving the yard waste facility to the compost facility for an estimated $52,150; site preparation for a household hazardous waste collection trailer to be placed at the compost facility for an estimated $7,000; and expand the pad at the compost facility with the installation of gravel for an estimated $15,000. Edwards said work on these projects will start very soon.
• Approved an ordinance adding Section 48-52 to Article III of Chapter 48 of the Code of Ordinances by establishing fees for three compost facility products — regular compost, various byproducts produced during the composting process and larger wood chips that cannot be used in the city’s compost — and incorporating the fees into the city’s fee schedule.
• Approved Change Order No. 1 from Smi-Co Construction Inc. for the Peak Flow Management Improvements Stormwater Equalization (EQ-1) project for $1,499.
• Approved a proposal from Wilson & Co. for $3,000 for additional work added to the scope of the traffic analysis for the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Curry Drive.
• Approved an ordinance amending the budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 for the replacement of a pool car in the amount of $12,500. It was scheduled for replacement this year, but was missed in the final budgeting process.
• Approved a recommendation from the IT Department to reject the bid opened Sept. 9 for telephone service. New bids were accepted and opened Sept. 17.
All council members were present.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.