On Monday night, the Sedalia City Council heard a brief presentation from Public Works Director Brenda Ardrey about a plan to allow county residents to take part in the City's new recycling program as well.

She said that recyclables will be accepted at the city's Highway U facility and the cost will be $64 annually. A decal that can be attached to the participant's vehicle will indicate that they have paid for the service. “I think they will work well, since we're used to working together,” Ardrey said of the City's relationship with Pettis County officials. Decals will be good for 12 months of service, she noted.

Mayor Stephen J. Galliher offered his thanks and appreciation to all three County Commissioners (who attended the 15-minute Council meeting) for helping work with the City to iron out the details of the county version of the recycling program.

In addition, City Finance Director Kelvin Shaw presented a monthly financial update for Council members during the pre-council meeting.

Figures show that sales tax increased 2.1 percent from last year (through October). And currently, the sales tax for the current month (November) is at a two-percent, month-over-month increase, he said.

At the full Council meeting, attended by all members, a total of nine ordinances were approved unanimously, including:

*Amending the budget for FY 2016-17 regarding the new Police Department Project land purchases and design services in the amount of $583,500

*Approving and accepting an agreement by & between the City of Sedalia and Foley Equipment Co., for a maintenance plan for emergency generators located within various City departments for a three-year contract.

*Approving and accepting a Sales Agreement by and between the City and Foley Equipment for the purchase of a mini-excavator at a cost of $62,276.71

*Amending Section 48-53 of the City's Code of Ordinances by including a service that provides individuals residing outside the corporate city limits of Sedalia an opportunity to recycle materials for a fee and incorporating such service fee into the City's fee schedule

*Approving and accepting an agreement for professional services between the City and Olsson Associates for the North Wastewater Treatment Plant Screening Improvements Project at a cost of $81,722

*Amending the budget for Fiscal year 2016-17 regarding increased minimum wage for exempt employees. The total cost for all three positions is $26,356.41, it was noted.

*Amending Appendix A of the City's Personnel Regulations Manual pertaining to the FLSA Exempt Employee Classification List. The Federal Labor Standards Act goes into effect Dec. 1.

*Amending Ordinance 9940 relating to amending existing classifications and job descriptions for Public Works Project Manager for the PW Dept. and for Building Maintenance Supervisor for the Community Development Department

*Repealing Section 58-22 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Sedalia relating to Jake Braking within the city limits due to MoDOT's insistence that Jake Braking should not be discouraged on Highways 50 & 65 for safety reasons.

Capt. Stephen Rucker of the Sedalia Fire Department was honored for 15 years of service to the City of Sedalia. Rucker was unable to attend the meeting, however.

Mayor Stephen J. Galliher, representing the City of Sedalia, was appointed to a two-year term to the Sedalia Area Tourism Commission, while Erica Eisenmenger, representing the local motel industry, was appointed to a three-year term.

Galliher's term will run Jan. 1 2017 through Dec. 31, 2018, while Eisenmenger's term will run Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2019.

Five liquor licenses were renewed by Council: Tom Munson DBA Best Western State Fair Motor Inn, Crystal Sims DBA Woods Supermarket, Inc., Stahun Enterprises, LLC, DBA Fitter's 5th Street Pub, Brent Ravenscraft DBA Aldi #88 and Terri Ballard DBA Hayden Liberty Center Association.

The Council then adjourned to closed-door session for legal advice and lease, sale or purchase of Real Estate. A work session is scheduled for next Monday night involving capital improvements.

Randy Kirby