The Sedalia City Council approved some housekeeping items during its meeting Tuesday, including payment for easements to continue improvements at the city’s Northwest Treatment Plant.
Council approved 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.
“These are improvements that are needed for the Northwest Treatment Plant,” City Administrator Gary Edwards told the Democrat. “You have to have easements to get equipment on the property, and some permanent easements were needed as well. This is something we’ve been working on to help improve the north side plant.”
One of the easements will be completed free of charge, while the other will have a $5,000 price tag, Edwards added.
Council also approved amendments to the municipal fine and bond chart for the municipal court, which 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,” Gardner told the Democrat on Friday. “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 new fines will become effective Oct. 1.
For at least the third meeting in a row, Sedalia residents addressed the council regarding rental property conditions and possible inspections. The issue was also brought up during town hall meetings hosted by council this summer, which sparked a local petition, which has 72 signatures as of Monday. Edwards told the Democrat after the meeting there are no specific plans at this point regarding discussion of the issue, but he said the recent city survey indicates almost 70 percent of respondents have a strong opinion on the matter.
“The council will have to decide how they want to approach that,” Edwards said. “Right now we’re just looking at the lay of the land and finding out how citizens feel about the issue.”
During the meeting council also:
• Approved 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.
• Approved 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.