The Sedalia City Council heard a presentation from Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Angie Thompson on Monday night about the Chamber's success over the past year.

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Thompson requested help from the City with funding for the annual Chamber Christmas Parade and Fourth of July Celebration in the amount of $1,000 for each event.

“Because we are a 501-C6, which means we're only funded through our membership and fund-raising (events),” Thompson explained. “So again this year, we're just asking for a little bit of help with the Christmas parade and the Fourth of July Community Celebration.”

Thompson noted that parade entries were up this year with 121, as opposed to 92 last year. “We had some great variety (in the parade) and with the Fourth of July (event), we had Dirt Road Addiction and they drew a huge crowd into the grandstand area,” she said. In addition there was a large amount of car traffic on the fairgrounds.

The Fourth of July event is hard to get completely funded through sponsorships, Thompson noted. So monetary help from the City of Sedalia is much needed and appreciated. “We want to make sure we're doing the best we can to get the best fireworks and the best band,” she said.

During her presentation, Thompson noted that about $7,500 is spent on fireworks, while $1,000 is spent on hiring the live band at the Fourth of July celebration.

Thompson also introduced well-known community leader John Meehan as the Chamber's new president of the board.

During the regular Council meeting Monday night, the full Council (as recommended by the Public Works Committe):

*Vacated Sharon Lane, which was a request from Inter-State Studios, which owns property on three sides of the proposed vacation area. All needed public utility easements on the property will be reserved, it was noted.

*Approved a lease between the City of Sedalia and the FAA to place remote communications equipment at Sedalia Regional Airport.

*Approved a change order from JR and Company, Inc., for $4,000 to replace the roof at the Vehicle Maintenance Building.

*Approved professional services for the City of Sedalia by Olsson and Associates for engineering services.

*Established a no-parking zone on the north side of 19th Street between Ingram and Lafayette for loading purposes.

*Approved bids for demolition at five locations in the City, including 1615 E. 4th, 406 N. Grand, 310 E. Johnson, 502 N. Moniteau and 701 S. Prospect.

Under Finance and Administration, the full Council:

*Accepted an agreement between the City of Sedalia and Piper Jaffray and Co., with respect to the issuance of Certificates of Participation Series 2017.

*Accepted an agreement between the City of Sedalia and Highlands Development, LLC, for ownership and property rights to land located at 1705 W. Broadway.

*Added Section 16-2(i) to the Code of Ordinances regarding $3 court costs per case, per the Sheriff's Retirement Fund, as required through the Office of State Courts Administrator (OSCA). (Councilman Tollie Rowe abstained from voting, as he is employed by the Pettis County Sheriff's Office as a detective).

Sedalian Brendan Hurley was appointed to the Public Works Board to complete Councilwoman Mary Merritt's term that expires June, 2018.

Liquor licenses were renewed for three businesses, including the American Legion, 2016 W. Main (Sunday Sales $300), Walgreens, 801 S. Limit (Packaged Liquor and Sunday Sales $450) and Wal-Mart, 3201 W. Broadway (Packaged Liquor and Sunday Sales $450).

After wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Mayor Stephen J. Galliher concluded the regular meeting and the Council went into closed-door session.

The Council will meet again Jan. 7 for a planning meeting on the State Fair Community College campus.

Randy Kirby
Randy Kirby