The Sedalia City Council is back to eight members after Bonita Nash was sworn in as the new Ward 2 councilmember during Monday’s meeting.
Nash was recommended to the council by Mayor Steve Galliher to fill the vacant Ward 2 seat left by former councilmember Wanda Monsees, who announced last month she was stepping down due to health concerns. The new councilmember said she hadn’t originally thought about running for public office, but decided to pursue it after she was approached by Galliher and several other Sedalia citizens.
“I was approached about it and they asked me if I would consider it,” she told the Democrat after the meeting. “As someone who has never run from a challenge, I said ‘why not?’”
Galliher said several people had asked him to consider Nash for the open seat. He interviewed a total of five candidates and said she was the “obvious choice.”
“She worries about Sedalia. Her prime concern is obviously her ward, but Sedalia as a whole she worries about and wants to see Sedalia move forward and progress,” Galliher said of Nash. “Good attitude, a lot of enthusiasm, level headed.”
Nash said she is “excited and nervous” about joining council, and that she looks forward to helping with the betterment and improvement of the Sedalia community.
During the pre-council meeting, council heard a quarterly update from Mike Milius of Olsson Associates regarding the wastewater issues in Sedalia. The $30 million ongoing project is on track, and has been progressing over the last three years. It will be completed in July 2016 when the administration order consent is approved by the Department of Natural Resources.
City Administrator Gary Edwards said a “fair amount” of work will be done during the current fiscal year, calling it the “largest portion to date,” which will include work on the transmission lines and at the wastewater plants. Over the last three years, maintenance and cleaning has been done on the lines and plants, and data collection has been happening as well. Workers have mapped out where every manhole and line is in the city, and video has been taken of all the city lines to better help the workers create maintenance plans.
During the meeting council also:
• Presented Service Awards to City Attorney Anne Gardner, 20 years of service; Sedalia Police Department Officer Neva Overstreet, five years of service; and Water Pollution Control Senior Equipment Operator Matthew Clevenger, five years of service.
• Approved a resolution authorizing the Sedalia Police Department to act as an agent for the city of Sedalia in the application process for the 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Local Grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice and authorizing an agreement between the city and Pettis County for the distribution and use of any awarded funds.
• Approved a bid from Elliott Equipment Co., for a refuse truck for the Sanitation Department; $129,694.
• Approved a bid from Bryant Motors for a Crew Cab 4x4 1-ton pickup for the Street Department; $34,982.
• Amended Sections 60-95 through 60-101, 60-195 and 60-196, added Sections 60-102 to 60-107 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Sedalia, and adopted an enforcement response plan relating to the city’s sewer system. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has imposed more restrictive regulations, and this proposed plan complies with those stricter rules.
• Approved an ordinance accepting a cooperative service agreement by and between the city, Sedalia Regional Airport and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, for the completion of a wildlife hazard assessment at the airport.
• Approved a change order from Lehman Construction for the Streetscape Sanitary Sewer Main Replacement Project for a deduction of $4,074.50.
• Approved change order from McClanahan Construction Inc., for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Project for $7,750.
• Approved an ordinance readopting Section 2-833 of the Code of Ordinances, which establishes a procedure to disclose potential conflicts of interest and substantial interests for certain officials.
• Approved a records destruction request from the Personnel Department.