The Sedalia City Council braved the arctic temperatures on Jan. 6 to hold a brief council meeting, where they heard two presentations and approved a bid for the annual audit, as well as accepting an agreement for tech support consulting.
The council approved an ordinance and accepted an bid from Rhinoville, also known as Rhino Computer Consulting for the consulting services related to technical support of the City of Sedalia’s Sophos UTM Firewall Appliances. According to information from city staff, Rhinoville will be compensated on a time and material basis, with the cost of services performed at an hourly rate and billed to the quarter hour based on a fee structure.
The hourly cost of an associate technical consultant was bid at $75 per hour. A senior operating system/network consultant hourly rate is $85 an hour. After hours rates would come in at one-and-a-half times the regular hourly price, while holiday rates would be two times the hourly rate.
The council also approved a bid from Gerding, Korte & Chitwood, based out of Booneville, for the annual financial audit. Gerding, Korte & Chitwood are currently the company that has been performing these services for the city.
The bid for the financial audit for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2014 came in at $17,500 with the cost of a single audit bid at $1,500. The following year the cost rises to $18,300 for the financial audit with the single audit cost staying the same.
In other council news, council members tabled a decision over an ordinance calling for a special election to be held April 8, for the purpose of submitting a ballot proposal over a half-cent sales tax increase for the construction of a community recreation center.
The council tabled the possible decision until a special council meeting/strategic planning session this Saturday morning at 8am.
According to City Manager Gary Edwards, the reason for the delay was for, “The wording on the ballot and the council has to approve putting the sales tax issue on the ballot.”
“We are working on the details with some attorneys. It is on the agenda now, but I don’t know if that will stay the same or change,” Edwards said.
During the pre-council session, council members heard presentations from the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation, as well the semi-annual update from Alliance Water Sources.