The Sedalia City Council decided to put an end to the proposed Broadway Boulevard front yard parking ordinance during its meeting Monday.
In a 5-2 vote, council voted in the pre-meeting against bringing the proposed ordinance to the full council. Councilmembers Don Meier, Bob Cross, Russell Driskell, Jim Cunningham and Larry Stevenson opposed the proposal. Councilmember Bonita Nash was absent. Only a few minutes of discussion transpired before the vote took place.
“I see it’s very discriminatory to go Broadway and only Broadway,” Stevenson said. “… Have we given any thought about making this citywide? I know what the recommendation is (from the Citizens for a Clean Sedalia Committee), I’ve read it over and over, but it’s the committee’s recommendation to the council and it’s the council’s responsibility to take it further.
“… I will not vote for Broadway and Broadway only. I think that’s the most discriminatory thing we can do, to single out a section of town and say that you can do it this way.”
City Administrator Gary Edwards responded to Stevenson, citing reasons a city-wide parking ordinance could be problematic.
“As far as enforcement city wide, it would be very difficult for city staff to enforce this city wide,” Edwards said. “Not trying to sway one way or the other, just want to make that point that it would be very difficult. In the case of Broadway, as you well know, that’s a unique street, that’s why it’s being presented. As far as city-wide, that presents some difficulties for staff.”
“Honestly, I wouldn’t vote for it if it was city-wide either, but I think it has a better chance, to me it makes more sense to make it city-wide than it does to pick a certain section of town up and down Broadway like it has been presented to us,” Stevenson responded.
Public Works Committee Chairman Tollie Rowe said after a lot of thought, he realized why the ordinance only includes Broadway.
“I was going back and forth when it dawned on me that a lot of city streets in Sedalia have the ability for parking in front of residences,” he said. “You think of city streets, there are two main roads you can’t park in front of your house, Broadway and (U.S. Highway) 65. If I have five cars I can park several on the road, but I can’t park on Broadway without them being smashed or towed. We’re not picking on any particular section, but the way the road is, you can’t park in front of your own residence. That limits the ordinance a bit.”
In his first council pre-meeting, Driskell, a Broadway resident, said he agreed all residents should “put their best foot forward when we represent the city, but we already have ordinances on the books that are not being enforced. … Why are we not enforcing the ordinances?”
Mayor Steve Galliher reminded council and those in attendance that “we do it the best we can, we only have two enforcement officers that work day in and day out.”
The council also approved an ordinance that will begin the process for a new city animal shelter. The ordinance authorizes the creation of a final plat for Animal Acres, a Pettis County subdivision, and dedicating public utility and roadway easements as shown on the plat for public use. This legislation authorizes the donation of Lot 1 of Animal Acres, located on New York Avenue near the yard waste site, by warranty deed, to the Heckart Family Foundation for the construction of an animal shelter and authorizing an agreement between the City of Sedalia and the Heckart Family Foundation.
During the meeting council also:
• Approved a bid from Rhad A. Baker Construction LLC for $103,600 for the sidewalk project on 16th Street from Grand Avenue to Ohio Avenue. Since only $75,000 is budgeted for the project, a change order will be completed to reduce the scope of work.
• Approved a bid from Vance Brothers Inc. for $345,355 for the slurry seal of various streets.
• Approved a bid from Agricycle Inc. for $54,200 for the yard waste grinding No. 5 project. Only $40,000 is budgeted for the project, so a change order will be completed.
• Approved an agreement between the City of Sedalia and Wilson & Company Inc., Engineers and Architects, for on-call professional services.
• Rejected a bid for a roof structure over the Salt Spreader for the Street Department.
• Approved a bid from Higgins Asphalt Paving Co. Inc. for $49,536 for the overlay of cemetery roads. A change order will be completed to reduce the scope of work to fit within the budgeted $44,000.
• Approved a resolution authorizing a lump sum payment of $19,431.63 to the Pettis County Fire Protection District for lost revenue associated with the annexation of the Cambridge Village Subdivision. By state law, cities must reimburse county fire districts if the district loses revenue producing land due to annexation.
• Approved a bid from Stewart Concrete Products for $2,350 for a storm shelter at the cemetery workshop at Crown Hill Cemetery.
• Approved an ordinance amending the City of Sedalia’s Personnel Regulations Manual by adopting a social media policy for city employees, which provides guidelines, rules and protections for the City and city staff.
• Approved a resolution supporting an application by D. Kim Lingle and MBL Development Co. for Missouri Housing Commission funding for Deer Brook Villas Phase II.
• Approved a records destruction request from the Personnel Department.