Retiring Airport Manager John Evans was honored at Monday night's City Council meeting for his 8 ½ years of service to the City.

Randy Kirby
Randy Kirby

“John has worked very hard, turned it all around and done some really great things out there and the airport is second to none. We got a lot of awards on account of your hard work and effort,” Mayor Stephen J. Galliher said during a plaque presentation.

Eric Bowers was named Evans' replacement at the airport by the Council on May 22. Bowers was in attendance at the meeting.

“We have the best city employees of any city, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart,” Galliher added. He also thanked the City's maintenance crew for their efforts during the 2017 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, in response to City Administrator Gary Edwards' commendation of them during the pre-council meeting.

Also at Monday night's meeting, the Council recognized Curtis Campbell, crew supervisor with the City's water pollution control department for 25 years of service; Daniel Bailey, fire truck driver for the Sedalia Fire Department for 15 years of service; Officer Daniel Benner for 10 years of service with the Sedalia Police Department; and Daniel Homan for five years of service as an equipment operator with the Street Department.

The monthly Yard of the Month winners were recognized for May. However, none of the winners made it to the meeting to receive their yard sign. In the First Ward, it was Jeffrey Knoernschild, 1835 W. 3rd, 1st Ward; Delores Cantwell, 3203 E. Broadway, 2nd Ward; and Ralph and Mary Ann Zimmerschied, 404 W. 32nd, 4th Ward and grand prize winner.

The “Way to Grow, Sedalia!” Yard of the Month contest was sponsored by the City of Sedalia, the Fair City Garden Club, the Sedville Petal Pushers, and the Show-Me Master Gardeners.

Also at Monday night's meeting, the Council:

*Reviewed a resolution approving an amendment to the Memorandum Of Understanding between the City and Sedalia Firefighters Local 103 dealing with firefighter requsts.

*Reviewed an ordinance reducing the number of airport board members from seven to five, and reducing the number of board members needing a pilot's license from three to two.

*Accepted the lowest bid of $26.59 per ton from Beelman Logistics, LLC, from East St. Louis, Ill., for trap rock and the hauling of trap rock. It was the lowest bid received in the past six years, it was noted.

*Established parking restrictions on the east side of Kentucky at 2nd Street for 92 feet for police vehicles only, and no parking beyond that for 62 feet.

*Approved a $14,958.84 change order for for the Highway 50/Oak Grove intersection improvement project. The change involves pavement marking removal for $2,605 and a separate street light service pedestal (per MoDOT standards) at a cost of $12,353.84. The change order brings the total cost of the project to $423,757.19.

*Adopted a social media policy for City employees, volunteers and elected officials.

*Amended the City's Personnel Regulations Manual.

*Accepted a lease agreement at the airport between the City and Richard Parkhurst dba Parkwood Properties and Lawrence D. Henry.

*Approved a new contract between the City and the County regarding EMA funding and management.

*Approved the renewal of nine liquor licenses.

Councilmen Jeff Leeman and Tollie Rowe were absent from Monday nights proceedings.

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