The Sedalia City Council held two public hearings Monday night concerning the proposed fiscal year 2019 budget and the annexation of property where a new Dollar General store will be built on the east side of town. But no comments were received.

Time was reserved for any public comments on the budget and also Dollar General at the start of the 7 p.m. City Council meeting. But no one came forward when asked by Mayor Stephen J. Galliher if anyone had anything positive or negative to say.

The Council will now proceed with annexation of property at 4949 East Highway 50 at its April 2 meeting. And the Council will proceed with adoption of the final budget March 26.

“That's great, we're always trying to get new business to come in. It only takes one business to spark, so maybe this is it. Dollar General's a good store; it'll be a good thing to have on the east side (of Sedalia). I'm really tickled to death about it,” the Mayor told KSIS after the meeting.

In addition to the two back-to-back public hearings, Council also approved eight ordinances and one records destruction request.

*Council approved a three-year contract by and between the City of Sedalia and Sedalia Downtown Development, Inc. (SDDI) with the FY 2019 appropriation set at $30,000.

*Council approved a three-year contract by and between the City of Sedalia and Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation, Inc., with the FY 2019 appropriation set at $10,000.

*Council approved an annual contract by and between the City of Sedalia and Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County (EDSPC) with the FY 2019 appropriation set at $132,500.

*Council approved a three-year contract by and between the City of Sedalia and Whiteman Area Leadership Council (WALC) with the FY 2019 appropriation set at $3,000.

*Council approved a three-year contract by and between the City of Sedalia and OATS Incorporated with the FY 2019 appropriation set at $25,000.

*Council approved an agreement by and between the City of Sedalia and Tim's Tree Service for access to their property for the City to grind up and haul materials to be used in the City's composting operation.

*Council approved a 24-hour hold agreement for the Sedalia Animal Shelter relating to adoption of pets.

Randy Kirby

*Council approved a funding agreement by and between City of Sedalia and J.A. Lamy Manufacturing Co. for development rights at 108 W. Pacific. The company will offset the costs of reviewing and determining the viability of utilizing potential incentives for a proposed redevelopment of property located with the current Midtown TIF Redevelopment Area. The applicant must assume these costs, it was noted by city policy.

A routine request to destroy records from the Personnel Department was granted in accordance with state statutes.

The Council also approved the placement of stop signs on Pelham Drive from private property at 304 Curry Drive. The Citizen's Traffic Advisory Committee met Feb. 14 and voted 5-0 to recommend stop signs at that intersection to the Council.

Boy Scouts from Troop 300 (Amigos de Cristo) opened up the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance at the request of Mayor Galliher. The half-dozen Scouts were accompanied by scout leader Elvera Satterwhite.

Councilman Don Meier was absent from Monday night's meeting, which concluded with a closed-door session.

Randy Kirby