On Tuesday night, Sedalia City Council approved "Recycle Sedalia," an educational and communications project from Callis Integrated Marketing at a cost of $19,600 in recycling grants ($12,500 from Region F - West Central Missouri Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri DNR, $7,100 from The Recycling Partnership), plus $500 in City funds.

Callis' bid was considered to be the best proposal out of three overall for the City, it was noted.

According to company president Cliff Callis, the objective is to build awareness and utilization of Sedalia's recycling program.

Several reasons are behind the need for an educational recycling program, including: the public is unaware the service is available, or lacks knowledge about how it works and its benefits and therefore needs encouragement to take advantage of the City's recycling program.

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And at the start of the regular Council meeting Jan. 2, three service awards were presented.

William Conner has served five years with the Sedalia Police Department.

Loretta Nye has served 20 years as a records tech for the Sedalia Police Department.

Robert Lawson has served 30 years as a lab tech for the WPC Department.

In addition, Council recognized the winners of the 2017 Christmas Lighting Contest.

First place in the residential category was Dan Harris, 118 E. 20th.

Second place was Jim and Linda Cruzan, 1200 S. Marvin.

Third place was Katie Reed, 3309 S. Stewart.

First place in the business category was Inter-State Studio, 3500 Snyder Avenue.

Second place was American College of Hair Design, 125 Winchester Drive.