By Clay Coleman
VANDALIA—During last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Vandalia City Clerk Brandie Gay administered the oath of office to Ralph Kuda Jr. for a second term as mayor of Vandalia. Also sworn-in for second terms as aldermen were, Janet Turner and John Weiser for Wards II and III. Larry Shaw, elected as alderman for Ward I, was sworn-in for his first term.
Immediately following the ceremony, Alderman Debbie Hopke was unanimously approved by the board as mayor pro-tem, filling in as mayor in the event Kuda is absent during the coming year.
The council also approved a proposal by the VFW Auxiliary for a retired flag drop-off box. The box, which used to be located at the old VFW Hall, will be constructed on city property between the memorial and the flagpole on South Main Street.