Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Sanitation & Recycling
Water & Sewer
It is a charge that appears on your bill once a year in the month of September. It is for the Water Pollution Control Act.
It is also a charge that is on your bill once a year in the month of April. It is for the Missouri Clean Water Act.
The deposit is for residential customers who are renting or have a deed not recorded in their name. The fee is $150.00. To find out if a deed is in your name please contact the Recorder of Deeds office at the courthouse. All commercial and industrial accounts are subject to a deposit - the amount varies with meter size. Please call the office for more information: (660) 826-1234
- Photo ID (for authorized persons on the account)
- Complete the Service Request form
Yes, you can pay your bill through our online portal.
For your convenience, we have a dropbox located outside our office for after-hour payments (check and money order only).
You may also mail your payment to:
Sedalia Water Department
200 South Osage
Sedalia, MO 65301
- Water Treatment Plant: (660) 826-1236
- Charter Cable – (660) 826-6520
- Evergy – (888) 471-5275
- Empire Gas – 1 (800) 424-0427
- Garbage Department – (660) 827-7820
- Sewer Department – (660) 827-7830
We do not serve the areas of Maplewood, Westlake Village and Brooking Park. For questions and new service in that area please contact the water department at 1 (800) 851-1305
Most departments have a process that governs how they hire police officers. The Sedalia Police Personnel Board has a process for hiring new persons wishing to become officers. To be a police officer, applicants must be at least 21 years of age with no felony convictions. In addition, they should not have any significant traffic convictions that would limit their ability to be insured by the City of Sedalia.
To be a police officer in the State of Missouri, a person must be certified under the Peace Officers Standards and Training Act. There are various academies located throughout the State that specialize in this training. In Missouri, many of these academies are located on university campuses. Currently, most of these academies teach the 470 or 600 hour courses. In larger cities, a higher number of hours is required for certification.
The Sedalia Police Department requires a minimum of 470 hours of Missouri P.O.S.T. Certification to be an officer in Sedalia for those who have been previously certified. If an applicant is graduating from a certified academy, the minimum is 470 hours.
The Department handles all types of complaints from individuals. For non-emergency calls, contact (660) 826-8100. From the information that is provided, a decision is made whether the call needs a simple response by the Police Department or a physical report of the incident for follow-up purposes. Normal calls about vehicles inappropriately parking may be handled by a simple response while a burglary would require a written report.
If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1. This is an emergency line that is dedicated for this type of service. If possible, remain calm and give as much information as is safely possible to the 9-1-1 operator. The more detailed and accurate the information you provide, the faster the appropriate emergency responders will be able to reach and assist you.
The Department reviews each report written to ascertain whether there is sufficient information to conduct a follow-up investigation. If there is information that is available for a case solution, the case is transferred to the Criminal Investigations Bureau for further action. During this process, a Detective will contact you to see if you have any additional information that would be helpful to the investigation. Twenty days after the case is assigned, if there is no probable case solution, the case is marked as inactive until further information develops.
Part of patrol work is observation. From a stationary location, the officer may be running radar, surveying traffic problems, watching for known criminal behavior or looking for additional information such as suspects or vehicles on a complaint that they are responding to.
All property that is taken into custody by the Department is inventoried into the property section of the Department. It is then held until the Prosecuting Attorney determines whether a criminal case will be filed. If a case is filed, the property is held until released by the Prosecutor's Office. If a case is not filed, the property can be returned to its rightful owner. The Property Unit is the only unit authorized to return property. If you have property to be returned, please call (660) 827-7823, Ext 1225, and make arrangements. Property can be returned Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Reports of all calls for service, including written reports, are available at the Records Unit in the Sedalia Police Department. If you would like a copy of a report, please call (660) 827-7823, Extensions 1207, 1208 or 1209. A $2.00 fee is charged for a copy of a general or accident report, $3.00 for a faxed copy. See the fee schedule for additional pages or research, Sec 2-809. Staff is available to answer your request Mon– Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Paid for by the City of Sedalia
In November 2022, Missouri citizens voted to legalize the retail sale of non-medical marijuana within the state and allow local tax on that sale. To help keep our citizens and community safe, the Sedalia City Council has placed Proposition A on the April ballot. If passed, this would place a 3% tax on the legal sale of non-medical marijuana within the Sedalia city limits.
Pettis County is also asking county residents to vote on a 3% tax on marijuana sales outside of Sedalia (unincorporated). Registered voters living inside the city limits will have the opportunity to vote on both issues. Other cities surrounding Sedalia are also asking citizens to vote on a related issue.
- These revenues will help the Sedalia Police Department (SPD) do its job of keeping Sedalia residents, visitors and our roadways safe for motorists and pedestrians.
- If the issue passes, the SPD would add Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) to its team. DREs specialize in evaluating the effects of marijuana on the human body.
- DREs are only selected from a pool of seasoned officers and are highly-trained. Their additional training and specialized tools allows them to be expert witnesses in the court of law investigating driving while intoxicated.
- Educate licensed drivers, especially young drivers.
- Any additional funds would offset some of the other law enforcement costs such as enforcement training, equipment and investigations.
- Reputable studies show that vehicular crashes increased in the states that have legalized non-medical marijuana. This tax is to help the police to prevent that from happening here. The city anticipates if we do nothing, there will be more vehicular accidents because there will be more people driving under the influence of marijuana. Even though the adult use of marijuana is now legal, driving high is still dangerous and therefore against the law. The State of Missouri recognizes Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) as driving while impaired from drugs or alcohol. The dollars are needed to help police our streets, keep them safe and offset the costs of responding to traffic accidents and administering reports.
- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a non-profit scientific educational organization, published a 2021 study that showed vehicular crashes increased in states that have legalized recreational marijuana versus their neighboring states who haven’t. Here is an excerpt from their findings: “Our latest research makes it clear that legalizing marijuana for recreational use does increase overall crash rates,” says IIHS-HLDI President David Harkey.¹
- US News and World Report also published their findings in 2022. Their research team found that after recreational marijuana legalization, the rate of car crashes with injuries increased by nearly 6%, while fatal crashes rose by 4%. No increase in these crashes was seen in states that hadn't legalized recreational marijuana, the researchers noted.²
- “Shall the City of Sedalia, Missouri impose a City sales tax of three percent (3%) on the sale of adult use marijuana sold at retail?”
- If you are in favor of the question, darken in the oval opposite “Yes”.
- If you are opposed to the question, darken in the oval opposite “No”.
Although both issues will be on the ballot, the Missouri Department of Revenue has not made a clear ruling on whether the county tax will be applied inside city limits for the purchase of non-medical marijuana.
Only those who purchase non-medical marijuana legally inside the city limits at a certified retail dispensary.
No. This tax is only on non-medical marijuana purchases. This tax will not apply to anything else like food, clothing, household goods, etc.
No. Only those persons who buy non-medical marijuana will pay the tax.
No. Those who are prescribed medicinal marijuana by a licensed physician will not pay additional taxes on the purchase of medical marijuana.
There is really no way to accurately project how many dollars will be collected. However, all of it will go to the police department to help keep our citizens and city streets safe.
A simple majority is all that is needed to pass the proposition.
There are four voting locations inside the city limits. Where you vote depends on where you live.
The four locations are:
- WARD 1: Liberty Park Convention Hall; 1500 W. 3rd St.
- WARD 2: First Baptist Church; 200 E. 6th St.
- WARD 3: New Hope Baptist Church; 664 E. 16th St.
- WARD 4: Celebration Center; 1701 W. 32nd St.
To determine where you vote, contact the County Clerk’s office or visit: https://voteroutreach.sos.mo.gov/PRD/VoterOutreach/VOSearch.aspx.
You can register to vote in the County Clerk’s located at 215 E. Fifth Street in downtown Sedalia. Interested persons have until March 8 to register to vote in this election.
- Yes. Ballots will be available after February 21, 2023 and a voter has until April 1, 2023 to vote and turn in their ballot.
- Absentee voting can be done in person on Saturday, April 1, 2023, from 9 am to 1 pm, at 215 E. 5th St., Sedalia, MO.
Absentee ballots will be available in the County Clerk’s office. The last day to submit an absentee ballot is Saturday, April 1, 2023.
Fiber Optic Installation
Presently, there are two utility companies upgrading their existing services or installing new fiber optic service that will be directly available to residents of Sedalia. A third company has submitted an application for an excavation permit to the City and it is presently under review.
Over the next twelve to eighteen months, fiber will be installed in every neighborhood around the City.
It depends on the type of installation. Some fiber services can be installed underground due to the nature of fiber, while other fiber services will use coax cable, which requires above ground facilities, so both below ground boxes and above ground pedestals will be present in Sedalia.
All work undertaken must be within utility rights of way. City Code requires that all areas be repaired to the same standards as before construction and installation of the fiber optic lines began.
First, wait until you see that all work has been completed and restoration attempts have been made. Second, contact the customer service number on the flyer left on your door or yard signs posted in the neighborhood where work is being conducted. Since two companies are working in town (soon to be three), you’ll want to monitor which company is working in your right-of-way. This information can be seen on the trucks and equipment or by speaking with workers. Following is the company contact information in the order of permit issuance and application submittal:
- Open Country (FastWyre):
Third, report the unrepaired damages by calling the City at (660) 827-3000, ext. 1166. The City’s inspectors will monitor for corrective actions by the contractors.
First, contact the impacted utility provider’s emergency number to report an outage. Second, if there are fiber utility contractors actively working in the area during the outage, notify them of the situation. Third, contact the City at (660) 827-3000, ext. 1166 if you need additional assistance.
Missouri law provides for the use of the public rights-of-way by public utility companies including fiber optic companies. To learn more, the following link is to the Revised Statutes of Missouri (RSMo) Sections 67.5110 to 67.5121 that is known as the "Uniform Small Wireless Facility Deployment Act", which is intended to encourage and streamline the deployment of small wireless facilities to help ensure communication services and networks are available throughout Missouri through adoption of a uniform statewide framework for the deployment of small wireless facilities and the utility poles to which they are attached consistent with sections 67.5110 to 67.5121 and sections 67.1830 to 67.1846 RSMo.
- The Utility Company applies for an excavation permit from the City of Sedalia.
- The plans are reviewed by the City’s consulting engineer.
- Locate flags and markings will begin appearing in the right-of-way.
- Site preparation.
- Door hangers will be placed at each residence along the installation pathway.
- There are lots of construction projects going on in Sedalia this fall and winter, so not all locate flags and markings will relate to fiber optic installation.
- Conduit work begins.
- Boring Crews: Workers will begin potholing for existing utilities and boring crews will bore and lay conduit for new fiber optic lines.
- Fiber optic installation begins.
- Installation crews arrive on-site.
- Cables are pulled through underground conduit.
- Cable ends are temporarily left visible above ground.
- Pedestals and boxes are set-up.
- Some technologies can be completely below ground, but some technologies require installation of above ground pedestals and boxes.
- Site clean-up.
- Clean-up crews return the rights-of-way to equal or better condition than before work.
- City inspections.
- City public works inspectors will complete inspections to ensure rights-of-way are restored to pre-construction condition.
- Upon right-of-way restoration, the project will be closed out.
- Residents will be able to enjoy upgraded Internet and Telecommunications Services.