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Sedalia has a chance to win up to $50,000 through the Reader’s Digest “We Hear You America” contest.

The national contest encourages residents to register at wehearyouamerica.readersdigest.com and vote for their hometown. In addition, voters can share what they love about the town and what they’d like seen done with the prize money. One town will win the grand prize of $50,000, two towns will win runner-up prizes of $25,000, five towns will receive third-place prizes of $10,000 and 10 towns will receive fourth-place prizes of $5,000.

“I’ve been encouraging everyone to get online and vote,” said Mayor Elaine Horn. “It’s a great contest and we’d love to be able to not only show pride in Sedalia but also get the prize money and do something useful and needed with it.”

Horn said if Sedalia is one of the winning towns the money would likely go toward sidewalk repair in the northeast part of town.

“(The city) recently got a grant through the Missouri Housing Development Corporation for home rehabilitation in that area of town and we thought it would dovetail nicely with sidewalk repair,” she said. “Sidewalk repair is always important for a city. It brings together neighborhoods and gives people more access.”

Horn said she hopes to see Sedalia residents voting often to push the city into the top five. Currently, Sedalia is ranked No. 68 with 11,135 votes. The top ranked city, Lake City, Iowa, has 1.9 million votes. Voting ends March 1.

City news at a glance:

• City Hall will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The regularly scheduled city council meeting will be moved to Tuesday. The pre-council meeting will be at 6:15 p.m., with the council meeting immediately following at 7 p.m. For information about trash pickup today, see above or go to cityofsedalia.com.

• The city is reminding residents that emergency snow routes will be activated when 2 inches of snow have been predicted or if snow has accumulated between 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Residents parked on snow routes must move their cars or risk being towed.

• The storm siren installed at Hubbard Park is now operable. The siren, which cost $20,424.08 to construct and install, has a one-mile range and will be used for natural disasters.

• Olsson Associates will hold a public storm water status update meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 in Council Chambers at the Sedalia Municipal Building.

• Several hundred Clean-Up Sedalia surveys have been received. Those who haven’t yet sent their survey in can submit it via email through the city’s website.

• Upcoming January meetings include: Citizens for Smart Growth, Thursday; CBCD, Thursday; City Council work session, Jan. 23; Bothwell Regional Health Center Board of Directors, Jan. 24; Public Works board, Jan. 26.

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