The Sedalia City Council heard another quarterly update Monday night on the ongoing sewer relief project from Olsson Associates, and representatives said they hoped the next quarter’s report would be that construction is complete.
Olsson Engineer Mike Milius told council during the pre-council meeting that Olsson officials hope to have construction largely complete by March 2016, roughly the time of the company’s next quarterly report. So far the project is under budget and on schedule to be finished by the July 31, 2016, deadline set by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
“The capacity and relief sewer improvements, there were two contracts, that is really the only ones that are up in residential areas, those are the ones that are in people’s front yards,” Milius said. “Those projects are starting to near the end of the installation of pipe. Those will be done in the very near future.”
The EQ-2 (equalization basin) project on 28th Street and New York Avenue is “just really getting started in the aspect of construction,” Milius said, while the EQ-1 project is “substantially complete.”
Lining of some of the sewer pipes is scheduled to be completed in December, capacity and sewer relief improvements will be completed in March 2016, “as far as having pipe in place, we will have some type of clean-up in the springtime,” Milius said.
“Our goal is to have everything closed out as far as construction in March and that gives us time then to work with DNR to program and close out the project, so overall we’re making good progress,” Milius said.
Council also heard from Meg Liston, executive director of Sedalia Downtown Development Inc., who gave the organization’s annual report.
Liston said she and the SDDI board are “pleased” with the economic results of 2015, which includes the addition of seven downtown businesses: Anytime Fitness, Yummy’s Donuts, Get Fit Sedalia, Eclectic Color Salon, Miracle Massage, Spoiled Rotten and Shepard’s Place, which reopened in June.
She did note that they estimate there is about $2 million worth of vacant/underutilized buildings and lots in the downtown area.
About 40 businesses belong to SDDI, with yearly business dues costing $100, but new this year is the opportunity for individuals and families to become members for $25 a year to encourage community involvement in the development and revitalization of downtown Sedalia.
During the meeting council also:
• Approved an ordinance relating to promotions and initial appointments in the Sedalia Police Department. According to the council meeting 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.
Councilman Bob Cross asked Mayor Steve Galliher what he thought of the proposal and Galliher said he was in favor of the idea. Councilman Jim Cunningham pointed out that very few cities require the council to approve hiring of officers, and Councilwoman JoLynn Turley noted that SPD is the only Sedalia department required to wait for council approval.
• Approved the appointment of Tollie Rowe to the Economic Development Board, with a term to expire December 2016. Councilman Rowe abstained from the vote.
• Approved an ordinance amending the budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 regarding the repurchase of cemetery lots.
• Approved 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.
• Approved a records destruction request from the Personnel Department.
• Approved a records destruction request from the City Clerk’s Office.
• Approved a proposal for $3,947.90 from AT&T for telephone service. According to the packet, the city’s current phone service “is experiencing frequent and unannounced price increases which create significant budget issues.”
• Approved a proposal for $67,057.23 from JMA IT for telephone system for the city. The current phone system is 30 years old and is no longer supported by the manufacturer.
• Approved an ordinance amending the budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 regarding phone systems.
• Approved 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 lifespan.
• Approved 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.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.