The Sedalia City Council heard a report from the engineering firm spearheading the overhaul of the city’s sewer and waste water systems Monday night. Click to hear KMZU’s Bob Allen talk with Sedalia Mayor Elaine Horn:

Elaine Horn

Horn says the project is moving along as most of the cursory inspections are nearing completion. Horn believes the 2016 project deadline will allow the city to move forward at a quicker pace because they have the money and can be aggressive in their campaign to complete things ahead of schedule.

In other city news, city administrators are searching for a proactive way to handle possibly unsafe buildings. According to Mayor Elaine Horn, safety is the primary focus of the “Clean Up Sedalia” initiative not cosmetics as many fear. The program will incorporate “courtesy letters” to owners of residences that may be in violation of the cities property codes. If residents are unable to afford the necessary upgrades or repairs, they are put into contact with organizations that can help them comply with the city’s standards.

Horn says the next step is to visit nearby communities that have taken similar action to learn how to transition into the program. City administrator Gary Edwards says that officials plan to travel to two cities roughly the size of Sedalia that have successfully integrated the same types of programs. No action was taken on the issue during the work session Monday night.

Council also discussed the options for repairing or demolishing buildings near the intersection of Osage and Main, as well as the Washington St. bridge during the meeting.