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Morning drop offs and afternoon pick-ups will hopefully be a little safer for the students at Washington Elementary when school starts later this week after the Sedalia City Council voted to approve an ordinance regarding parking near the school during its meeting Monday.

Council approved two ordinances to help students and parents when it comes to parking in front of the elementary school. The first ordinance removes the no parking restriction on the west side of South Engineer Avenue between East Sixth Street and East Seventh Street, while the second establishes a no parking restriction on the east side of the same block. The request came from Washington Elementary Principal Lisa Volk.

“The police department and the school principal worked a lot on this,” Public Works Director Bill Beck said during the pre-council meeting. “At first they wanted to put in a mid-block crosswalk because they were telling their kids don’t go in the middle of the block, but there’s a parking lot across the street and parents are pulling in there, waving their kids across. The principal saw someone almost get hit, so they worked with the police to put some temporary signs up in that block (at the end of the 2013-14 school year), and reversed what we currently have there. That worked very well for them so they wanted to make that a permanent situation.”

Due to a delayed completion date for Smith-Cotton Stadium at Jennie Jaynes Complex, council also approved 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 schools will be $1, but the district is still paying all utility and maintenance costs for the stadium.

During the meeting council also:

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

• Approved 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.

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