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Council approves random drug testing for Parks & Rec employees

December 20, 2013

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Kyle Siegel

The Sedalia City Council met Monday for a brief council meeting for the last time this calendar year, where they approved an ordinance amending existing classifications and job descriptions for Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department director, recreation superintendent and landscape supervisor/secretary.

The ordinance mandated that these positions be subject to random drug testing. Any positions that are considered safety sensitive are subject to random drug testing.

These positions were also covered under a separate ordinance which deemed these positions as safety sensitive.

An ordinance was also approved during Monday’s meeting, which accepted Buckingham Drive, Buckingham Court, Cunningham Drive and Dowling Lane into the City of Sedalia’s street system for maintenance purposes.

The listed streets are located in the recently annexed Cambridge Village subdivision. Cambridge Village will be annexed into the city as of January 1, 2014.

The council also approved a resolution, which authorized a preliminary intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding with the Pettis County Fire Protection District in regards to fire service to Cambridge Village. It also included property tax negotiations.

According to information from city staff, there were two issues that need to be addressed with the first being that the Pettis County Fire Department was in agreement that the City of Sedalia Fire Department protection would begin on January 1, 2014.

The second issue addressed was the payment of property taxes detailed by state statutes in regards to the area that is now annexed. The City of Sedalia and Pettis County have sixty days from January 1, 2014 to negotiate the property tax owed Pettis County due to the loss of taxes from Cambridge Village.

In other council news, the city council approved updates to several existing ordinances, the first of which concerned an update to a Cash Management and Investment Policy. The addition put in place new safeguards for city funds that are invested.

The second update concerned an Internal Control Policy for the City of Sedalia. The update pertained to internal financial controls and put into place financial safeguards that help protect the city against potential errors and fraud.

The council also reviewed and adopted a General Fund-Fund Balance Policy for the City of Sedalia. The new ordinance set minimum and maximum fund balance levels for operating revenues. The unassigned fund balance was set at 25 percent, while the maximum was set at 50 percent.

While an exact number was not detailed, the city’s current fund balance is around the area of the maximum 50 percent.

The Sedalia City Council also approved the records destruction requests for the Personnel Department and the City Clerk’s Department.

The next city council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2014.

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