On Monday night, the Sedalia City Council approved an agreement between the City of Sedalia and Mid-America Precast, Inc., for pre-cast manholes, frames, rings, covers and installation supplies for the Water Pollution Control Department, at a cost of $21,525.

Council also approved the purchase of a six-inch portable trash pump for the Water Pollution Control Department. The $35,850 cost amended the fiscal year 2018 budget for the department from $156,476 to $192,326. The pump will to be used for back-up for any future failures.

The Council also approved an agreement between the City of Sedalia and the Missouri DNR involving a $30,500 grant to pay for the 2018 Missouri Preservation Conference, scheduled to be held in Sedalia May 2-4.

Shawna Yager was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Cindy Kretzer, whose term expires June, 2019. Mayor Stephen J. Galliher recommended Yager for the position.

Council approved two new liquor licenses and two renewals. Mayor Pro-Tem Jeff Leeman questioned the request from Christopher Robinson dba Osage Gun & Pawn, 116 W. Main, for a packaged liquor license ($150). City Counselor Anne Gardner said that current ordinance does not prohibit such a request, but that the matter could be tabled for review. The vote was taken and the result was five yes and one abstention from Councilwoman Megan Page.

The other new license request was from Bryan Welpman dba Welpman Springs Brewing Co., Stover, for a temporary license for the upcoming Lions Club Pub Crawl in March in downtown Sedalia.

The two renewals were for Michael Smith dba El Espolon, 2400 S. Limit (Liquor by the Drink and Sunday Sales, $750), and Amanda Goon, dba Break Time, 2801 W. Broadway, Packaged Liquor, $150).

Randy Kirby

During the miscellaneous portion of the meeting, Mayor Galliher requested that Sedalians keep the family of Linda Johnson in their thoughts and prayers. Johnson worked for the City of Sedalia's Finance, Court and Information Technology office and died last week during surgery.

Galliher also thanked Brenda Ardrey and the City's Street Department for their efforts during the recent ice storm.

The Mayor concluded his remarks by praising the quick actions of Sgt. Howe, who on Jan. 10 responded to a 911 call about a non-breathing two-month-old baby. Howe was in the immediate area and responded quickly. He was literally breathing life into the unresponsive infant within seconds, according to Galliher. Sgt. Howe later carried the infant to the PCAD ambulance that responded to the scene while still administering first aid. “I want to give a special thank you to Sgt. Howe for his quick thinking and action. Thanks to him, the baby is alive and doing well.”

Monday's meeting was rescheduled from a week earlier when inclement weather forced a postponement.

Council members Don Meier and Jo Lynn Turley were absent from the Feb. 12 meeting. But Councilwoman Bonita Nash, who absent from previous meetings due to a bout with pneumonia, was present Monday night.

Randy Kirby