Newly elected alderpersons were sworn in at April’s City of Vandalia meeting, while all said goodbye to Dempsey Dixon, who had formally served Ward II.
Those sworn in by City Clerk Brandie Gay include Teresa Wenzel (Ward I), Edna Wheeler (Ward II), and Debbie Hopke (Ward III).
During the meeting, more discussion was held on developing a Golf Cart/UTV Ordinance. A summary of the discussion was to simply qualify in the ordinance what requirements there would be to allow certain vehicles within Vandalia City Limits. It was stated that the State already had ordinance in place. In short, the future ordinance should include that road worthy vehicles will have to attain license and will have to pass inspection on having all required safety equipment as will be stated in the ordinance before approval. After the discussion, it was tabled until next month to investigate more. City Attorney Amy Rost advised the aldermen if they would like specific changes to call City Hall. City Administrator Darren Berry will bring the new ordinance to the board on May 14.
The aldermen elected Debbie Hopke as Mayor Pro-Tem. There was no public hearing.
City Administrator Berry shared with the council that there were three sealed bids received and that they were all opened on Thursday, March 28 at 3 p.m.
The lowest bid was Donaldson’s Excavating quoting at $214,160.
Alderperson Hopke wanted Berry to explain again why the City had to do this and he stated that it was in the five year suspended plan. Alderman Ramon Barnes moved to approve the contract to Donaldson’s. Alderman Turner seconded the motion, which carried unanimously. Berry also said that the City had water line that it did not have to purchase, which was also a savings. Some fire hydrants, most fittings and valves, as well as fixing the street will be done by the city for additional savings of a little over $50,000.
Berry advised the board that in the City of Vandalia Ordinance 175.030, the Chief Water Plant Operator is the Director and the City Administrator become the alternate. Alderperson Wenzel moved to have Dave Sanders become the Director of the Clarence Cannon Wholesale Commission and Berry the alternate. Alderman Barnes seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
City Administrator Berry let the board know that Public Works Superintendent Dave Hamby resigned effective April 5. LeRoy Schlueter will serve in the interim until the City gets someone hired. The ad will run in the paper for the rest of April, starting next week.
Berry informed the board that he will bring the Street Survey to the meeting next month.
Berry told the board that he will bring an angled parking ordinance for the north side of the YMCA. This should add parking for the YMCA and also business on that block.
Utilities Superintendent Aaron Rentfro gave a Power Plant update. On Wednesday, April 10, everything the department wanted to keep will have to be out by the end of the day. The Iron Clad needs a little work before they completely disconnect the Power Plant.
City Administrator Berry gave an update on the new police officer, Dylan Griggs. Griggs has been employed a couple of weeks and is reportedly doing a great job. Berry invited Police Chief Logan Benjamin to explain about the hiring of the cadet from the Moberly Police Academy. Chief Benjamin told the board that the City has offered James Crisman a position pending graduation, and as of right now, he is in the top 10% of his class. Chief Benjamin is hoping that Crisman will wear the City of Vandalia Police uniform and have the chief put his badge on him at graduation in May.
Berry shared with the board that the Chlorine Conversion started Sunday, April 7 and will run for 30 days. He also informed the board that hydrant flushing starts on Monday, April 15.
-Some information came from meeting minutes.