Council to vote on replacing outdated city technology

Democrat Staff

Democrat Staff

The Sedalia City Council will spend one of its last meetings of the year voting on several items for purchase and policies that will affect city staff.

Council will vote on purchasing a few items that will replace outdated or inefficient technology equipment used by city staff:

• Review proposals for telephone service. City staff recommends a proposal for $3,947.90 from AT&T. According to the council meeting packet, the city’s current phone service “is experiencing frequent and unannounced price increases which create significant budget issues.”

• Review proposals for telephone system for the city. City staff recommends a proposal for $67,057.23 from JMA IT. The current phone system is 30 years old and is no longer supported by the manufacturer.

• Review an ordinance amending the budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 regarding phone systems.

• Review a quote of $14,259 from Turn-Key Mobile Inc. through the State of Missouri Cooperative Procurement Program for the purchase of three Panasonic CF-31 laptops for police and fire vehicles. These will replace existing laptops that are past the expected life span.

• Review proposals for a compost conveyor system to be used at the Compost Facility. The proposed conveyor would provide a safer way for employees to load vehicles, rather than a backhoe being used currently.

Council will also review an ordinance relating to promotions and initial appointments in the Sedalia Police Department. According to the packet, SPD is requesting the mayor and council no longer approve the hiring of a new police officer, nor approve promotions of the rank of Police Commander and below.

SPD reports this proposed change would expedite the hiring process and allow officers to get on the road sooner, or in an academy or promoted more quickly.

Council will hear two presentations during the pre-council meeting — the Sedalia Downtown Development Inc. annual report and a quarterly update on the city’s sewer project from Olsson Associates.

Mayor Steve Galliher will present service awards to Water Pollution Control Department Crew Supervisor David Gerken for 10 years of service, Community Development Department Housing Specialist Jamie Bethel for five years of service and Sedalia Public Library Children’s Librarian Amy Elvers for five years of service.

Three special awards will be presented for city employees who are retiring: Sedalia Police Sgt. Chet Mackiewicz for 16 years, 10 months of service, Michael Bell, of the Community Development Department, for 19 years, seven months of service, and Virginia Brainard, of the Finance Department, for 11 years, five months of service.

Council will vote on the appointment of Tollie Rowe to the Economic Development Board, with a term to expire December 2016.

During the meeting council will also:

• Review an ordinance amending the budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 regarding the repurchase of cemetery lots.

• Review Change Order No. 3 from M&M Utilities LLC for a deduction of $208,263.82 for the Collection System Rehabilitation Phase 1A Project, base bid for bid package No. 3, for final quantity adjustments.

• Review a records destruction request from the Personnel Department.

• Review a records destruction request from the City Clerk’s Office.

The Sedalia City Council pre-meeting will begin at 6:15 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.

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