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The Sedalia City Council will approve amendments to the municipal fine and bond chart for the municipal court during its meeting today.

The amendments were discussed during council’s Aug. 25 work session. City Attorney Anne Gardner said the changes are minor and what she called “housekeeping clean up for some of these various charges.”

“Council adopted (the current fines) in 2012 and the first time we did it was in 2010,” she said. “If you look at it you realize there’s a couple mistakes in there. For example, there’s an animals running at large fine for $107.50 and everyone else was $109, so we changed it to make it match other charges. It’s only a $1.50 increase.”

The changes are also to help simplify the process for the staff at the courthouse when making change for fine payments. Some fines have been changed to make the overall payment an even amount, instead of including change.

“The court costs were $33.50 but for some reason we changed the court cost but didn’t change the amount on the fine chart,” Gardner said. “It threw the court clerk staff off by 50 cents.”

If approved, the new fine chart will become effective Oct. 1 to allow the court staff time to adjust to the new amounts.

Several service awards will be handed out during today’s meeting, including WPC Department Wastewater Operator John Mark Grose, 25 years of service; Sedalia Park Department Director Mark Hewett, 15 years of service; Sedalia Fire Department Fire Driver/Engineer Brian McGhee, 15 years of service; Sedalia Street Department Equipment Operator Jeffery Langdon, 10 years of service; SFD Fire Inspector James Volk, 10 years of service; Sedalia Police Department Officer Jacob White, five years of service.

During the meeting council will also:

• Approve an ordinance accepting an Airport Aid Agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation commission for the 18/36 runway reconstruction project at the Sedalia Regional Airport. Earlier this year the city approved a contract for the construction of the runway, but the State forgot to send this agreement, which pertains to the city’s match portion. The new agreement states the match is now only $169,722, which is significantly lower than the initially budgeted match of $275,000.

• Approve an ordinance accepting an agreement with Elite Root Control LLC for $15,800.40 for the chemical root control of the city’s sanitary sewer collection system, which is below the budgeted $25,000.

• Approve an ordinance authorizing payment for and accepting four permanent sanitary sewer easements from William A. Poort and Valerie A Poort and from John Rudd Van Dyne III and Mary Elizabeth Van Dyne for improvements to the city’s northwest treatment plant. The four easements are required to complete the city’s first equalization basin project at the plant, which is part of the city’s $30 million sewer project.

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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