While the Missouri Department of Revenue has yet to award a bid for the Driver’s License Office in Vandalia, the city decided in its board meeting two weeks ago to keep it open under certain conditions.
The city’s contract with the state ended in November but was extended for 120 days, which ended on February 11, the same day of the board meeting.
The city submitted a bid in December, requiring the office to be open part-time and be considered only if there were no other viable bidders.
Per request from the Missouri Department of Revenue, the city clarified its bid after aldermen discussed it during their meeting.
Aldermen unanimously clarified that if they and another bidder were offered the office, they would not accept the bid.
Aldermen also decided to provide service for a part-time through the end of March if it doesn’t accept a new contract.
Current part-time hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Winders gave a short budget presentation. An ordinance was passed adopting the 2014-2015 appropriations.
Overall, the budget is balanced. It shows revenues are flat or declining while operational costs continue to grow. Regulations from the EPA and DNR continue to cost the city’s citizens.
The budget summary shows $4,430,057 in revenues, a base budget of $4,228,695 in expenses. There is also $1,812,837 in capital expenditures.
Among the list of significant changes includes the elimination of vacant positions in the street department, a license office clerk, and a dispatcher.
Other items include the new limb disposal revenue and expense increase; a cost for purchase of electric power increase faster than revenue from sales; sales tax revenues decreasing in FY 2013-2014 due to slow economy and store closings; and a $.30 wage increase for full time employees.
Real Estate Donation
City Administrator Alan Winders told those in attendance that Robert and Helen Jerman have offered their property to the City of Vandalia, that is adjacent to Daniels Park.
The property is 60’ in width and runs from Highway 54 to the north line of Daniels Park.
A resolution was drawn up and approved to accept the donation.
Approval of Liquor License
Aldermen approved a liquor license for liquor by the drink that was submitted by David E. Minor for a new business called Stoli’s Pub, located at 208 N. Main St. in Vandalia.
According to meeting minutes, the building meets requirements of Vandalia City Code with regards to zoning requirements.
State liquor licensing requires that a new establishment have prior approval from the city as a part of fulfilling the state’s licensing requirements.
The measure was approved with Alderman Larry Holt abstaining.
A consideration of an agreement with Daffron & Associates, Inc. for software was made during the meeting.
Winders told the group that this change is considered because it could result in better service and reduced costs.
This could allow the city to provide better service as it will add the ability to receive payments via credit card and an improved internet payment system. The city would save money and fix costs as this contract will have a set fee per year. This set fee will not change over the life of the contract. The fee is less than the city would pay our current provider if the increased service was included.
Daffron is a local company, headquartered in Bowling Green.
There are still several issues being discussed regarding the contract so a final form contract has not yet been prepared.
It was noted that it is possible that discussions could conclude without agreement in which case no contract would be signed.
Alderman Ron Stallcup moved to approve the agreement if it is as discussed. If there are major changes, they would be brought back to the board for review. The measure was approved.
A brief update from the Highway 54 Coalition was provided by Audrain County Commissioner Roger Young and MoDOT’s Brian Heffner.
Heffner talked about the possibilities of a 1% transportation sales tax on the state level and whether the Highway 54 vision could benefit from it. More information can be found at http://abetter54.com/.
Karen K. Shaw