The Sedalia City Council met for a special session at noon Tuesday to approve two purchases and one liquor license.
Under Public Works, the Council bought a Holland tractor and a Samurai boom mower from Golden Valley Tractor, Inc., (Clinton)  through the State of Missouri's Cooperative Procurement Program for $145,000 for the city's Mowing and Alley Maintenance Department.

Mayor John Kehde suggested that City Administrator Kelvin Shaw explain the purchase during the meeting. Shaw noted that the equipment that was purchased meets the requirement and matches the budget. The upgrade to 100 horse power will be more efficient and safe.

The Council also bought a dump truck and snow plow from Bryant Motor Company of Sedalia for $41,932 for the Cemetery Department. Shaw said the truck is a much-needed replacement that has been requested for the past two years. The old 1993 truck was causing safety concerns. And the new truck was priced a little under the $46,000 budget.

Cemetery Director Roger Waters attended the meeting and was very pleased with the Council's decision.

“We're very excited about this, it replaces a truck that's 25 years old. We're very thankful to the Council and staff that helped with this program to get us this far. So it will be a great asset to our fleet,” Waters said after the meeting.

The new truck, just like the old truck, will be used for every grave opening and closing, as well as help keep the roads and parking lot clear during snow events.

A temporary liquor license was approved for Kevin and Kristy Long dba Wildlife Ridge Winery of Smithton for the upcoming Missouri Preservation Conference, scheduled for May 2-4 in downtown Sedalia.

Randy Kirby

SDDI Director Meg Liston told the Council that she expects around 200-300 people to attend the conference, which will be based out of First Baptist Church, 7th and Lamine. A series of workshops focusing on historic preservation will be part of the conference.

A reception is planned for Wednesday evening at the Katy Depot, 600 E. Third. She expects around 150 people to attend that event.

A “Legacy Dinner” is planned for the conference at the Varied Industries Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds for Thursday evening, May 3.

The meeting was followed by a guided tour of the construction site for the new Sedalia Police Headquarters across the street from the Municipal Building. All Council members were present for the meeting and tour. Completion of the building is expected by Nov. 10, according to a Septagon official.