Sedalia City Council approves electric vehicle charging stations


By Nicole Cooke - [email protected]



By Nicole Cooke

[email protected]

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The City of Sedalia will soon have three new Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment stations after the Sedalia City Council approved an agreement with KCP&L during Monday’s meeting.

The city will pay $10 a month for the first year of the project, with KCP&L assuming all construction costs. The company will also receive all revenue generated by the upcoming stations. According to information in the council meeting packet, the station will be operated by KCP&L for up to 24 hours a day and made available to the public.

“The reason we’re interested is it helps bring people downtown. Now that’s making the assumption that electric cars become more prevalent,” City Administrator Gary Edwards told the Democrat after the pre-council meeting.

During the pre-council meeting, he told council that it could be beneficial because travelers can look at maps that indicate cities that have EVSE stations available, which could draw them to downtown Sedalia.

An installation date has not been set, but Edwards said things will “move quickly” once a location is decided, most likely somewhere in the parking lot across from City Hall at Second Street and Osage Avenue.

“(KCP&L is looking at) where the Huddleston building used to be, along that portion of the parking lot, but our staff is saying why not consider the front part of the parking lot, so we are in discussion on where in that parking lot it should go,” Edwards said.

Council also approved a resolution declaring a 90-day moratorium on demolition permits on Ohio Avenue between Main Street and Broadway Boulevard. Councilman Jim Cunningham voted no on the resolution; all other present council members voted yes.

According information in the meeting packet, the moratorium allows the city enough time to produce the legislation needed to protect the area from demolitions that impact long-term strategic planning. The Certified Local Government Commission will be reviewing and forwarding their recommendations to council in the next 90 days.

“Nothing is in mind at this point,” Edwards told the Democrat. “It’s simply something that frankly we’ve been putting off for a while but we don’t want to take any chances, because if a demolition occurs — we’re not aware of any demolition that is imminent or even being discussed — but we don’t want to take that chance, so in the mean time we want to have time to put together the legislation that would prevent any demolition that would go against what the strategic downtown planning calls for. We want to be in a position to be able to review and see, if there is any potential demolition, if it in fact meets city strategic planning standards.”

During the meeting council also:

• Approved seven ordinances relating to updating building codes in the Code of Ordinances. Council heard the first reading of these ordinances during the Nov. 2 meeting and heard the second reading Monday.

• Approved an ordinance accepting a quit claim deed with associated easement for ingress, egress, public utility and right-of-way purposes from Thompson Hills Investment Corp., Sylvia G. Thompson Charitable Trust and CJ Sedalia LLC for Hobby Lobby Drive and Ninth Street, and accepting said streets for city maintenance.

• Approved an ordinance approving and accepting an agreement with Timothy D. Ehlers and Angela M. Ehlers and Tim’s Tree Service LLC. According to information in the council meeting packet, this agreement allows the city to have access to the Ehlers’ property to grind up material to be used in city compost.

• Approved a records destruction request from the Personnel Department.

• Approved the appointments of Curt Williams, completing William Ferguson’s term expiring in June 2017, and Larry Bahr, completing Ron Ditzfeld’s term expiring in June 2019, both to the Sedalia Regional Airport Board.

Councilwoman Bonita Nash was absent.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

Sedalia Democrat

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

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