The Sedalia Park Board has approved a waiver for the Sedalia Senior Center to serve alcohol during a fund-raiser on June 24 at the Heckart Community Center.

The board was approached at its' January 12 meeting by  Jeff Wimann, who is representing the Senior Center.

“We are struggling this year big time. So we have fund-raisers, and we've always had fund-raisers to help financially, but this year it's more important than ever, and so we are going to have a senior gala at the end of June, Wimann said in January.”

Wimann added that the SSC has already rented the three rooms for that time and date, which includes Community Room C where the Sedalia Park Board meets monthly.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, the board took a vote, with all members but one voting yes. The one no vote came from Jan Summers, who attended the meeting by speaker phone.

“I just don't think we need to have alcohol in our Parks,” she said over the phone.

Board President Jerry Case reminded Summers that the Parks & Rec's policy is "pretty restrictive."

In addition, two off-duty officers are required to be hired by the organization in charge of the event to ensure safety, per SPD Chief Matt Wirt, noted Parks & Rec Executive Director Amy Epple.

Randy Kirby
Randy Kirby

Epple added that the Senior Center's event is similar to one held by the Sedalia Lions Club a few years ago, in which a waiver was granted.

After receiving approval, Wimann, a former City Councilman, said “thank you very much” and left the Park Board meeting.

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The Senior Center is operated by Care Connection for Aging Services, based out of Warrensburg, and serves about 6,000 meals per month in Sedalia.

The matter now goes before the Full Council for approval.

Randy Kirby
Randy Kirby

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