The Sedalia City Council will once again take up the smoking ban issue during a special work session next month.
Near the end of council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Ward 3 Councilman Bob Cross asked the issue be discussed again. Council first voted to enact a city-wide smoking ban, which excluded private clubs, in June. After it took effect Sept. 1, bar owners appealed to council to rescind the ban or change it so smaller bars would be excluded. Council narrowly voted to keep the ban as-is, but promised to revisit the issue.
“I want to see this (smoking ban) on the agenda for the next meeting,” Cross said. “We told (the bar owners) we would give them 90 days and we need to visit this issue again.”
City Attorney Anne Gardner told council the issue could be discussed again, but because information had to be obtained, suggested putting the meeting off until February. City Administrator Gary Edwards suggested that instead of putting the measure on the Feb. 18 agenda — which will already include the city’s first major budget discussion — to have a special meeting Feb. 10. Mayor Elaine Horn added that a formal vote on the measure could be taken during council’s regular meeting March 5, to allow time for public input.
“I object to that idea, I don’t think we need to push this out any further,” said Ward 4 Councilman Larry Stevenson. “I want to rescind part of this ordinance and put in that bars and private clubs only can allow smoking.”
After some discussion council agreed to the special work session at 6 p.m., Feb. 10; during that meeting a decision about when a formal vote would be taken will be decided.
During the pre-meeting, council was going to take up a zoning issue changing a property at 310 S. Harrison Ave., from R-1 single family to R-3 apartment, but the developer, Nathan Beard, withdrew the application.
“My wife and I were going to invest $120,000 into a vacant lot that we own and we thought it was going to be great for the neighborhood,” Beard told council. “We had no idea it was going to cause a fight.”
Opponents of the measure were residents of the neighborhood, who said the rezoning would bring even more rental properties to an already rental-filled neighborhood.
“We want to see people come and live in our neighborhood, it’s a great one, we all know each other and keep our homes looking nice,” said Jan Bahner, who was the spokesperson for the opposition Tuesday and a resident of the neighborhood. “I’ve met Mr. Beard and he’s a lovely gentleman. We just wanted to preserve and keep what we had.”
During the meeting council also:
• Heard a presentation from the Blue Ribbon Committee.
• Approved an ordinance allowing the manufacture of armor-piercing projectiles for rifle calibers. The city received a request from Sierra Bullets to amend its zoning codes to allow for the production of these bullets in an M-2 Heavy Industrial District. The Planning and Zoning Commission recently voted to recommend approving the ordinance.
• Approved an ordinance accepting and agreement with Engineering Surveys and Services related to the city’s Stormwater Master Plan project.
• Approved an ordinance that would change the hours of a no-parking restriction from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday on the south side of East Sixth Street between South Engineer and South Harrison avenues. The Citizens Traffic Advisory voted to recommend approval of the measure.
• Approved a proposal from Engineering Surveys and Services for design work for the replacement of the sidewalk on the north side of Third Street from South Ohio Avenue to the nearest alley; $8,500.
• Approved a proposal from Engineering Surveys and Services for design work for the replacement of the sew located in the alley between South Lamine and Osage avenues from Seventh Street to Broadway Boulevard, as part of the city’s ongoing $30 million sewer project; $8,000.
• Approved an ordinance for an agreement between the city and Vital Support Systems for IT support services; $6,000.
• Voted to approve the purchase of 25 Dell Desktop computers; $16,325.