The City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a measure to amend the trails application and agreement at their recent meeting held on Tuesday, February 21 inside the Lange Building.
With the Van-Far R-I School District declining approval of the easement necessary to construct the trail on school property, city officials are looking for an opportunity to redirect the grant funds to the south to construct along Highway W. Other entities would also need to approve the measure and approvals will now be formally requested after aldermen made their determination.
According to city minutes, Vandalia Police Chief Tony Laird informed city officials that several Audrain County entities have met and viewed the Everbridge notification system, which is reportedly similar to the “Red Alert” system that has been used for years. The Everbridge system allows the city to send alerts by text, cell phone, land line, and email for public notification of any severe emergency like an approaching tornado. Citizens would need to sign up on a website to receive the information.
Participation by the city allows it to set up its own groups and do any kind of notification needed. Cost would be $1,000 annually for the next three years while the cost to the county is $11,000 per year. Aldermen unanimously authorized the participation.
Reject Water Bids
City Administrator Alan Winders told city officials that bids were received for the Water Plant Improvement Project and they came in higher than estimated.
The estimate was $534,600 including contingencies but the lowest combined bid that came in was $676,983 as Part B (building) was the most over estimate. The bid came from Trabue, Hansen, and Hinshaw, Inc.
The board rejected all bids and decided to rebid.
An ordinance amending the city code on stop signs was passed after both Laird and Street Superintendent Roger Woodward had reviewed and recommended a stop sign be placed on Breezy Lane where it intersects Galloway Road.
A public hearing was held to receive public comments regarding funding from the USDA for the purpose of obtaining a patrol vehicle.
The City of Vandalia intends to file an application to obtain funds to purchase a patrol vehicle for the police department.
eThe total price of the purchase is $35,700 with the city matching $16,100 and requested funds will be $19,600. The notice of the public hearing was published in The Vandalia Leader on February 15 and was posted at City Hall.
Norman McKinney did ask questions regarding the vehicle to be purchased at the hearing.
A list of accounts considered uncollectible were approved to be written off by aldermen. The proposed listed utility bills totaled $18,804.21.
An ordinance adopting the Fiscal Year 2012-13 appropriations for the City of Vandalia and setting of the level of revenues and expenditures for the year commencing on March 1, 2012 was approved and became a bill.