The Sedalia City Council made a few purchases Monday night at its regular meeting, including:

--$254,145 for a Caterpillar wheeled excavator that will increase capabilities and efficiencies in several departments. The new excavator with a longer reach will assist with abatement demolitions, as well as be extremely useful in the Water and Sewer departments. The City will be buying the excavator from Foley Equipment Company.

--$45,060.93 for four mowers to be purchased from Sutherland's in Sedalia for use in the City's Cemetery, Airport and Public Works departments.

--$27,500 was spent with Tim's Tree Service in March to remove all trees over nine inches in diameter to make way for a rail spur for Nucor Steel Sedalia. The City had to work with Union Pacific Railroad to get permission for access to their right-of-way to take down the trees within 50 feet of the rail line. The purchase was made as an emergency to beat a March 31 deadline in order to avoid the necessity of a bat study involving the Indiana brown bat.

--$3,004.41 for a one-year renewal of NetMobility software that allows remote access to the City's servers for maintenance. The packages includes a support agreement. The software is also used for apps that need remote access such as Police, Fire and PCAD for dispatch.

Randy Kirby