After announcing her retirement in May, Elsie McGlasson was officially recognized by the City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen during their meeting on Tuesday, June 11.
Mayor Ramon Barnes presented McGlasson with a plaque and resolution to honor her for 25 years of service to the city.
“Over the course of 25 years, Elsie has assisted so many people through her work in dispatch that it is hard to even imagine,” Mayor Barnes said. “Elsie will be missed and her work for residents is much appreciated.”
City Administrator Alan Winders wishes McGlasson the best in her retirement.
“Elsie’s dedication to service through public safety for Vandalia residents has been unquestionable,” Winders said. “Her’s is a well-deserved retirement and we wish her all the best in retirement.”
Vandalia Police Chief Tony Laird said McGlasson will be missed.
“I had the pleasure of working with her for a lot of years,” he said. “I always found her willing to help with anything that needed to be done. She always maintained an upbeat attitute and definitely will be missed by everyone still here.”
Water Plant Update
Chief Water Plant Operator Darren Berry updated those in attendance on the Water Plant Phase 1 Construction project.
Items he listed as recently being completed are:
• Gutter and down spouts on both new buildings are mostly completed
• Electric is complete on both new buildings
• New high service and transfer pumps have been delivered to town
• The windows have been installed in the three room chemical building
• Scales in the new chlorine building have been installed
A change order was requested for the Water Plant conversion to increase the time for completion by 61 days while not changing the contract price.
The change order was requested based on weather conditions and delivery time for some pumps.
The pumps were delivered two weeks ago and many of the items Hauser Construction, Inc. have been working on are now completed.
Aldermen passed the measure.
The new contract completion date is now September 1, 2013 with Hauser Construction, Inc.
Aldermen also authorized the execution of an Administrative Order in regards to TTHM and HAA5 violations.
The Consent No. PWDB-2013-032 is between the City of Vandalia and the Department of Natural Resources.
It was required by the MoDNR based on violations of maximum amounts of TTHM’s and HAA5’s.
According to city minutes, the order requires the city to make the system improvements which were agreed to earlier and have already started with the current water plant upgrade.
The order has no impact on plants to address TTHM’s and HAA5’s though it is required by the DNR.
The order required the city to bring things into compliance within three years or penalties may be enforced.
Penalties include $500 per day for 1-30 days, $1,000 per day for 31-90 days, and $2,500 per day for 91 days and above.
Aldermen passed two ordinances dealing with synthetic stimulant bath salts and synthetic cannabinoid herbal incense.
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