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Discussion begins on liability insurance for owners of dangerous animals in town

Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Randy Senor, of the Audrain County Health Department, addresses the Vandalia Board of Alderman.

Randy Senor, of the Audrain County Health Department, addresses the Vandalia Board of Alderman.

Discussion began at last week’s City of Vandalia Board of Aldermen meeting on a possible mandatory liability insurance for owners of dangerous animals.
According to the meeting minutes, Vandalia Police Chief Tony Laird told the group that this item provides for discussion  regarding a proposed regulation for owners of dangerous animals that would require the owner to show proof of liability insurance covering the dangerous animal.
The proof of insurance would need to be shown when the dog is first registered as well as annually at the time the dangerous animal registration was renewed.
Discussion of the proposed regulation was held.  Staff was instructed to bring back a proposed ordinance for the Board’s review.
Audit Report
Finance Officer Sharon Myers told the group that a copy of the  Annual Financial Audit Report was provided in their packets.
The report shows no findings, which means that the audit is favorable.
The city continues to be in technical noncompliance with GASB 34 due to the fact that we have not completed some infrastructure accounting that was not previously required on some older assets such as streets, sidewalks, and storm sewers.
In other accounting news, the Semi-Annual Financial Statement for March 1, 2014 to August 31, 2014 was approved. Myers told the group that this statement is prepared in accordance with State Statutes.
It was authorized for publication.
Million Gallon Tank
Chief Water Plant Operator Darren Berry told the group that the MGT was drained and inspected during the first week of October. Private contracting companies took advantage of the opportunity to review the work which will need to be done.
Based on what was observed, we will need to bid the option of completely replacing the roof in addition to the option of making repairs to the existing roof structure. It is possible that replacement will be very competitive with repair from a cost stand point.
The project will be bid this fall for spring 2015.
Proposed New Food Codes
City Clerk Karen Shaw told the group that the Audrain County Health Department has proposed new food codes to be used by all restaurants in Audrain County.
Randy Senor, from the Audrain County Health Department, was present to talk about the changes and answer questions.  A copy of the draft codes was passed out to the Board.
Senor explained the changes and answered questions.
The proposed Food Codes will be brought back to the board for approval at the November meeting.
The changes would allow for more inspections to provide cleaner and safer food establishments.

Read the full story in the October 22 issue of The Vandalia Leader or purchase an electronic edition at https://www.vandalialeader.com/?page_id=33