City’s strategic goals on target

By Emily Jarrett

April 7, 2014

The Sedalia City Council on Monday heard an update on the progress of several strategic goals.

In the first of what will be quarterly updates, City Administrator Gary Edwards quickly presented short and long-term goals that council and city department heads agreed on at the beginning of the year.

“This is the first time we’re taking these goals and turning it into a formal process,” Edwards said. “The council will now receive quarterly updates about what’s in progress and what we’re still working on getting started.”

Several short-term goals, including establishing an ongoing street improvement program and continued support of cleaning up Sedalia, will have more in-depth progress reports presented at upcoming meetings. Others, such as increased lighting near the Sedalia Regional Airport are waiting on further work. Several goals were part of packages included in this year’s budget, continuing to fund the police pension plan and increased economic development specifically, Edwards added.

“It’s important to set these every year,” he said. “If we didn’t have specific goals as a city, we could be going in 15 different directions. This allows us to focus on the issues that council and city staff have decided are the most important facing Sedalia and looking at the list so far, it’s looking good, we’ve gotten a lot accomplished so far.”

During the meeting council also:

• Approved a bid to Prism Contractors and Engineers Inc. for phase 1B of the sewer collection system improvements. The work will include piping improvements, rebuilding service connections, 15,000 linear feet of television inspection and other work; $431,433 as part of the $30 million sewer project.

• Approved the purchase of a street sweeper from Elliot Equipment Company; $221,669.54

• Approved a change order for the Washington Avenue bridge for painting; $94,000

• Approvde the purchase of a tractor to mow city properties and private properties in violation of city code; $26,768.

• Approved rock salt bids; $65.17 per ton.

• Approved bids for 10 replacement snow plow blades; $113.

• Approved the 2014 comprehensive plan.

• Approved an ordinance adding a 10-hour parking restriction for the first two parking spaces at West Fourth Street east of South Kentucky Avenue, in front of the Pettis County Ambulance District headquarters.

• Approved an agreement with USIC Locating Services to help locate underground sewer and storm sewer lines.

• Approved records destruction requests from the Personnel and Finance departments.

• Approved an ordinance accepting an agreement with Missouri Department of Corrections, Division of Adult Institutions to allow approved inmates to conduct work for the city.