SEDALIA - The Sedalia City Council passed measures Wednesday night that will allow three construction projects to start. The projects include repairing the Washington Avenue bridge, building a new fire station, and repairing the Sedalia Public Library. The City Council received $7.3 million in bonds, and will also use money from its reserve funds to complete the projects.
The Sedalia Public Library was built in 1901 and hasn't been renovated since 1955. This summer's drought led to major foundation problems. "The problems were so bad you could see the light from outside coming in through the cracks." said Sedalia City administrator, Gary Edwards. Construction crews started working on the library when it closed in August. The library does not have an expected completion date, but Edwards said it should open by next summer.
The 100-year-old Washington Avenue bridge, which connects the north side of Sedalia to downtown Sedalia, will take a little longer. The bridge was closed last year and now the city plans to repair it. The council chose to repair, rather than rebuild the bridge or build a bridge in a new location. Edwards said, "Engineers are finalizing plans for the bridge and it should be completed by the fall 2013."
Sedalia is also building a new Fire Station at a cost of $3.7 million. The new station headquarters will replace the 40-year-old Station No. 2 on West 16th Street. It will house a new fire truck that can reach taller buildings. The new station will also feature much-needed space, including a classroom area that can be used by the community, more sleeping quarters, and offices. Training facilities and a tower that can be used for hose-drying are also in the plans.