The Sedalia City Council met in regular session Tuesday evening (Jan 17), and heard a presentation from Sedalia Police Commander Matt Wirt, and Police Chief John DeGonia, about the use of a license plate recognition system.

The Sedalia Police Department is currently testing a 30-day trial version of the system in one patrol car.

The license plate recognition system has the ability to scan license plates and can also notify officers in cases such as Amber Alerts, and other crimes that a license plate number may be linked to.

The system is tied into a state and national database, as well, which could alert officers to offenders with out-of-state warrants. About 40 agencies in Missouri currently use the system.

The cost was estimated at about $20,000 per system, which includes a one-year subscription. DeGonia stated that purchasing the license plate recognition system is a long-term goal, as the police department is looking at funding options. The police department has about 2-weeks left with the trial version of the system.

The City Council also approved the appointment of Ebby Norman, to the Central and Cultural District Board of Directors, to complete the term of Mary Elaine Horn.

An ordinance for approving the delivery of a principal amount of $3,638,100, of City of Sedalia Refunding Certificates of Participation, series 2017, for the purpose of providing refinance funds to assist with the costs related to the construction of the new police department.

Randy Kirby