Three City employees were recognized for between 10 and 20 years of service to Sedalia Tuesday night at the start of July's first Council meeting at the Municipal Building, 2nd and Osage.

Equipment Operator Nickolaus Smith has served for 20 years in the Sanitation Department. City Planner and Downtown Specialist Joleigh Cornine (Community Development) has served the City for 15 years (previously as the Mayor's administrative assistant). And Driver-Engineer Daniel Hargrave has served 10 years in the Sedalia Fire Department.

Hargrave was the only one of the three on hand to accept their award Tuesday night. Fire Chief Matt Irwin presented Hargrave with a certificate. He was accompanied by his wife Reagan and their three daughters.

Under Public Works, Council approved a resolution authorizing Public Works to act as an agent for the City in the Transportation Alternatives Grant Program application process with MoDOT.

The purpose of the grant is for a trail segment included in the Public Works Department's original 2023 Capital Improvements Budget Request.

The application requires a minimum local match of 20%, but the City is asking for 50% match of local funding, as the project is expected to cost around $1 million. Construction will begin in 23 months.

The “Katy Depot – Liberty Park Connect Project” will construct one mile of hard surface trail to be built adjacent to city streets in the City's existing right-of-way.

The project is expected to complete a trail from Katy Trail State Park near 600 E. 3rd to Liberty Park, 1200 W. 3rd, and the Heckart Community Center, 1800 W. 3rd.

It is hoped that the project will move hundreds of walkers and bicyclists from city streets to a dedicated 10-foot-wide trail through the heart of Sedalia, thereby increasing safety for pedestrians and drivers. The project is expected to include trail surfacing, safety gates and signage.

Approximately $30 million is anticipated to be available for the MoDOT projects in fiscal year 2022 and 2023.

Under Public Safety, Council approved the purchase of a drone system for the SPD at a cost of $17,574 from Cloud City Drones, Warwick, Rhode Island.

Council approved the purchase of six Panasonic laptops from Turn-Key Mobile, Inc., Jefferson City, at a cost of $35,784. The price includes mounting equipment for use in patrol cars.

The current laptops are over five years old and in need of replacement, it was noted.

The transaction is a cooperative purchasing agreement under a Jasper County contract. SPD has worked with Turn-Key for the past 10 years, it was noted.

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Two new liquor licenses and eight renewals were approved by Council Tuesday night:

New:

*Julie Berry dba B&B Theatres Operating Company, 4104 West Main, Liquor by the drink and Sunday sales, $750

*Marcial Limas dba State Fair Floral, 520 South Ohio, sidewalk liquor consumption, $50

Renewals:

*Dianna Greene dba Little Big Horn, 150 South Limit, beer and wine, $75

*Jagdish Modi dba Liquor Locker, 513 West Main, packaged liquor and Sunday sales, $450

*Crystal Sims dba Woods Supermarket, Inc., 701 East Broadway, packaged liquor and Sunday sales, $450

*Justin Reith dba Woods Supermarket, Inc., 1400 South Limit, Suite #3, taste testing, packaged liquor and Sunday sales, $487.50

*Brad Wikstrom dba Craft Beer Cellar Sedalia, 700 South Ohio, liquor by the drink and Sunday Sales, $750

*Cathy Geotz dba Break Time #3083m 808 East Broadway, packaged liquor, $150

*Paul Bennett dba American Legion Post 642, 2016 West Main, liquor by the drink, $450

*Honor Villalobos dba Kehde's BBQ of Sedalia, LLC, 1915 South Limit, liquor by the drink and Sunday sales, $750

A list of recommendations by Mayor Dawson to fill positions on various City boards was released Tuesday night as well.

Sydney Herrick will serve on the Park Board, completing Les Wolpers' term expiring June, 2023.

Reappointments included:

Amy Staus and Garnetta Sullivan each will serve a three-year term on the Animal Advisory Control board, expiring June 2025.

Jim Fisher and Dan Van Dyne will serve a five-year term on the Board of Appeals expiring June 2027.

Sherry Broyles will serve a three-year term on the Citizens Traffic Advisory Traffic Commission expiring June 2025.

Bryon Matson will serve a three-year term expiring July 2025 on the Sedalia Historic Preservation Commission.

William Woolery, Roy Pointer and Jan Summers will serve a three-year term expiring June 2025 on the Sedalia Park Board.

Billie Long and Shawna Yeager will serve a three-year term expiring June 2025 on the Tree Board.

Council then adjourned to closed-door session for legal advice and Real Estate matters.

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