Sedalia 200, Sacred Heart to play at Jennie Jaynes due to stadium delay

Last updated: August 17. 2014 6:06PM - 425 Views
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Due to a delayed completion date for Smith-Cotton Stadium at Jennie Jaynes Complex, the Sedalia City Council will vote to approve a lease agreement with Sedalia School District 200 and Sacred Heart School for the use of Jennie Jaynes Stadium.

During the Aug. 12 Sedalia 200 Board of Education meeting, the board heard an update on the progress of Smith-Cotton Stadium from Project Manager Dennis Paul, who said the completion date has now moved to November, even later than earlier projections of late October. Paul said work has been “three to four weeks behind since May, and we’ve never made up that time.”

Because Smith-Cotton Stadium will not be completed in time for the 2014-15 football season, both Sedalia 200 and SHS will be signing a lease agreement with the City of Sedalia to use the current Jennie Jaynes Stadium, which is now owned by the Sedalia Parks Department. Cost to the school district will be $1, but the district is still paying all utility and maintenance costs for the stadium.

The location of the Smith-Cotton homecoming game is now in question, and will be decided during the Sept. 8 Board of Education meeting. Paul will give another update, and if enough of the stadium has been completed, the board will decide whether to host homecoming at the new, unfinished stadium, or at Jennie Jaynes Stadium.

“The board will have to decide if we’re going to play a game in a facility that’s not 100 percent complete or wait until it’s 100 percent complete, and there will be feelings on both sides,” Sedalia 200 Superintendent Brad Pollitt told the Democrat after last week’s meeting. “The football community is very excited, looking forward to playing in the new stadium, and there may be some other folks that think it should be completed 100 percent before we go into it.”

During the meeting council will also:

• Approve an ordinance amending Section 129 (9) of Ordinance No. 4293 by removing the no parking restriction on the west side of South Engineer Avenue between East Sixth Street and East Seventh Street. This recommendation was unanimously approved by the Traffic Advisory Commission on July 16, a result of a request from Washington Elementary Principal Lisa Volk.

• Approve an ordinance establishing a no parking restriction on the east side of South Engineer Avenue between East Sixth Street and East Seventh Street.

• Reject bids for Sanitary Sewer Collection System improvements. Only two bids were received and both were well over the engineer’s estimate. City staff recommends rejecting the bids and dividing the project into four smaller projects and rebidding.

• Approve a resolution which authorizes a change of date for the September 2014 council meeting from Sept. 15 to Sept. 22 due to the annual Missouri Municipal League Conference.

The Sedalia City Council pre-meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room with the regular meeting immediately following at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Municipal Building, 200 S. Osage Ave. For more information call 827-3000.

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