During Monday’s city council meeting, council members voted in favor of Mayor Galliher’s nomination of Russell Driskell to fill in for the remaining time of former council member Becca La Strada. La Strada resigned during the last council meeting and Driskell will take her place in the second ward until next April.
Driskell was asked how the nomination came about and he replied, “I was interviewed for the council position when Wanda Monsees resigned. Then, when La Strada resigned, Mayor Galliher asked me if I was still interested and I was.”
Driskell added, “I have lived in the second ward for 18 years and I have been a Sedalia resident all of my life. I have seen lots of changes in Sedalia. Sedalia has progressed and is moving forward. I think Sedalia is on the rise and I wanted to give back, because Sedalia has been good to me.”
Mayor Steve Galliher was how the choice to nominate Driskell came about.
“When we had to replace Wanda, we had it narrowed down to two candidates. It was a really hard decision and when Becca resigned, it was logical to go for the next person in line. I think he will make a real good council person. I have a lot of confidence in him,” Galliher said.
In other council news, the council approved an ordinance granting a special use permit to Cellco Partnership DBAVerizon Wireless to install a 190 foot self-supporting communications to be located at 1701 W. 32nd St.
The initial term will be for five years and the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a recommendation to the city council that this request be accepted.
The council also approved an ordinance which amended the Fiscal Year 2014 budget to include additional funds for anticipated demolition expenses. According to information provided by city staff, destruction of a building on S. Ohio had depleted the city’s demolition budget.
Properties are still in need of demolition during this fiscal year. Additionally, it is necessary to adjust the capital expense budget to allow for debt service expenses related to the new fire station and Washington Street Bridge that are not reflected in the current printed budget. These additional funds do not impact the General Fund and all funds budgets remain balanced.
Council also approved an ordinance concerning airport hangar lease and farm release forms. The release forms are a result of discussions by the Airport Board. The forms were reviewed by City Attorney Anne Gardner.
Hangar documents include an annual lease agreement by the Airport Board. Any future rate increases shall not exceed $25 per month per calendar year. Changes were made to the farm release forms that assist with safety measures when farm equipment is in vicinity of the airport runway. Persons who hold the farm lease are required to carry a minimum of $2 million in liability insurance.