City of Vandalia approves Street plan
The City of Vandalia Board of Alderman and administrators held their monthly meeting last Tuesday inside the Lange Building.
The City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen approved its 2014 Street Improvement Plan during the Tuesday, April 8 meeting.
The new plan proposes $52,500 in programmed chip seal along with $10,500 in unprogrammed maintenance with no asphalt overlay at this time.
The city expects to address at least 60 blocks. Oil and gravel costs are estimated and any significant change will be reflected in the blocks addressed.
The top five streets on the evaluation list include Joe, Vine, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Clark.
Water Distribution Mapping
Utilities Superintendent Aaron Rentfro told the city council that Vandalia’s water distribution system needs to be mapped electronically to provide more precise maps of the water mains, valves, and hydrant locations.
According to drafted city minutes, a quote was received from Midland GIS, the same company that completed mapping for hte electric and sewer systems.
The cost for the mapping is $22,778 and will be paid for out of the capital surcharge fund. Aldermen provided authorization for the water distribution mapping.
Appointment of new
Mayor Ramon Barnes appointed Jeff Miller as the City of Vandalia’s new Municipal Judge. The appointment was approved by the aldermen.
Miller, an attorney from Bowling Green, will replace current Municipal Judge and attorney Terry Witte, who has resigned from the position.
Aldermen approved a measure to allow staff to proceed with a preliminary application for a USDA grant to be used in purchasing a patrol vehicle.
The project costs approximately $35,240 with the grant amount to be approximately 55% of the total. The vehicle purchased would be a fully outfitted Ford Explorer.
The potential purchase would replace a vehicle that is eight years old.
Aldermen approved the Semi-Annual Financial Statement for the City of Vandalia to be published in The Vandalia Leader. The statement shows financial records from September 1, 2013-February 28, 2014.
Officials discussed the “Litter Prohibited” section of ordinance 230.010.
City Administrator Alan Winders said it was an item from updated goal setting discussions. The potential measure would make it illegal to blow grass into a city street. After discussion, aldermen moved to table the matter.