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City discusses demolition program

Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 6:38 am

City of Vandalia Mayor Ralph Kuda with City Administrator Darren Berry during last week’s City of Vandalia meeting.

The City of Vandalia discussed a 2019-2020 budget item called “Building Demolition Incentive Program” during its meeting held last Tuesday.
City of Vandalia’s City Administrator Darren Berry suggests that a CDGB program is a good program when you have a few houses to do. However, “I think a policy that we do ourselves will be just as good.”
He suggested to make changes to the program application and policy. and recommended to change $1,750 to $2,000 for property demolitions.
He also recommended to remove line stating, “Property owners can request reimbursement for either 33% of the cost of the demolition project (not to exceed either the estimated cost in the application or the actual cost, whichever is least) or they can request that the city reimburse for the cost of dumpsters provided by a vendor of the city’s choosing.”
City Administrator Berry said, “To me, it doesn’t matter what they use the money for, as long as thy use the money for the project.”
He also suggested language about paying off tax debt be changed.
I think that properties need to be free of any tax debt before we proceed forward.
He ask for recommendations on paragraph changes that says, “The Program Administrator shall have the authority to negotiate with any/all applicants to establish a reduced reimbursable amount for that project if the Program Administrator believes that the cost associated with a proposed project are unreasonably high or if the total amount of funds requested by all applicants exceeds the budgeted amount and, by negotiating one or more lower per-project reimbursable amount, the Program Administrator will be able to approve a greater number of project requests.
There was discussion about promoting the revised program such as adding to the city website, or attaching to tax info, adding info to city bill etc.
There also were discussions on how applicants would be accepted to the program.
The item will be discussed in a future board meeting.
Buying of boots for the city workers was approved.
Several items were tabled like the approval process for the Board of Directors on the City of Vandalia’s Improvement Facilities Authority.
The printing of the Semi-Annual financial statement was approved.
Aldermen also approved a resolution supporting Proposition D. Proposition D will go before Missouri voters on November 6, 2018. Missouri’s lawmakers of both major parties voted to put Prop D on the ballot in November. By doing this, it will give Missouri Citizens the final say on boosting Missouri’s motor fuels tax for the first time in 22 years. MMS has endorsed Prop D because of its immense support for municipal road, street, and bridge projects.
If passed, Prop D will gradually raise the state motor fuels tax by 2.5 cents a gallon annually, spread over four years, beginning on July 1, 2019. The estimated average cost to motorists will be about $1.25 per month for every 2.5 cents motor fuels tax increase.
The funding for Prop D will bring in an estimated $412 million annually in new money to the constitutionally protected State Road Fund.
That fund may only be used for the cost of collecting the tax cost of the Missouri State Highway Patrol to enforce safety on roads, and for the maintenance of Missouri’s roads and bridges.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson and Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe, are both in support of Proposition D.