Last updated: June 16. 2014 8:27PM - 394 Views
By Dennis Rich drich@civitasmedia.com

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The Sedalia City Council on Monday heard an update on the proposed 3/4-cent transportation sales tax slated for a statewide vote on the August ballot.

Mike McGrath, area engineer for Missouri Department of Transportation, told council members the city would see $1.468 million in transportation dollars over the 10 year lifetime of the tax, if it is approved by Missouri voters. That would mean roughly $146,000 per year, with dollars potentially available for roads and bridges as well as rural transit, bicycle, rail and airport projects.

In addition, Pettis County would receive about $2,661,000 over the next decade, coming out to about $266,000 per year in additional transportation revenue.

“In May our legislature approved a 3/4-cent sales tax. At that point we thought it would be for the November election, but the governor came back and put it on the Aug. 5 election. Once that happened things started moving quickly,” McGrath said, noting he has met with area public officials and the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission to help devise a list of proposed projects.

That list, available for public comment through July 3 at modot.org/movingforward, would include improvements to U.S. Interstate 70 from St. Louis to Kansas City, as well as a number of local and regional projects.

Sedalia/Pettis County projects would include:

• Additional lanes on U.S. Highway 50 from Sedalia to Morgan County (the entire U.S. 50 project would see four-lane traffic added from Sedalia to Jefferson City);

• Improvements to the U.S. 50/Oak Grove Lane intersection in Sedalia;

• Improvements to the U.S. Highway 65/765 intersection north of Sedalia;

• And, the addition of sidewalks from U.S. Highway 50 to Mitchell Street in Sedalia.

In other business, council voted to:

• Approve a bid to replace the Sedalia Community Center gym roof for $52,837 from G&R Construction of Tipton;

• Approve a bid to continue work on the Third Street sidewalk improvements project, near the intersection of Third Street and South Ohio Avenue for $32,665 from Septagon Construction. Council approved a bid for $11,700 from Foundation Recovery Systems of Moberly for the fill for the sidewalk project during its May 20 meeting. The bid from Septagon is for construction work on the project. With the two bids, the project will be about $5,500 under the original budgeted amount of $50,000.

• Approve a records destruction request from the Sedalia Police Department Administrative Services Bureau.

• Approve an ordinance approving and annexing an unincorporated area owned by Deer Brook Villas Phase II into the City of Sedalia.

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