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New signage approved, resolution given to county

Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 4:20 pm

City of Vandalia Mayor Ralph Kuda, left, presents a resolution to Audrain County Sheriff Matt Oller thanking his office for their help during a recent shortage of officers in the Vandalia Police Department.

New street signage will soon be placed in the City of Vandalia to address traffic concerns.
During the monthly meeting held Tuesday, June 12, the Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a measure to place stop signs at the intersection of Fourth St. and Jefferson St. An ordinance was passed amending the city code, which is a part of Chapter 300 of the Traffic Code.
Street Superintendent Dave Hamby said requests had been received for the signs, and after reviewing the intersection, city staff recommended the placement of the stop signs.
In a separate agenda item, aldermen approved the usage of “No Trucks Allowed” signs at five intersections along Central St.
By adding the signs, heavy truck traffic will be directed to the designated truck route of Central St. and Walsh Blvd.
The Central St. intersections receiving the new signage includes that street crossing with Home, Clay, Limit, Pershing, and Bland Streets.
There previously was a “No Trucks Allowed” sign at the intersection of Booker St. and Central St.
Management Director
During the January board meeting, Audrain County Emergency Director Steve Shaw was appointed the EMD for the City of Vandalia.
Now that Shaw has moved on from the county, the city needs a new EMD.
Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs is serving an acting EMD until the position is filled. Eastern Audrain County Commissioner Alan Winders, who was at the meeting, said there is nothing keeping the city from having their own EMD at any time. Aldermen then moved to appoint anyone serving in the county’s EMD position to also serve Vandalia as EMD.
Honoring the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office
City of Vandalia Mayor Ralph Kuda and Vandalia Police Chief Christopher Hammann presented a resolution to Audrain County Sheriff Matt Oller during the meeting for the county’s assistance helping to protect the city at a time where the city had an officer shortage. The Audrain County Sheriff’s Office supplied officers to help Vandalia provide constant law enforcement within the city limits.
Resolution Change
A change to a 2007 resolution was made to provide for banking institutions that the city does business with as currently the duties of the Administrative Assistant are being performed by the Deputy City Administrator.
In 2007, the resolution named the Mayor, Mayor Pro-Tem, City Clerk, and Administrative Assistant as signers for the city’s checking account. It also named the Administrative Assistant, City Clerk, and Finance Officer as those who are authorized to transfer funds between accounts in the city.
Chief Hammann told the group that Vandalia Officer William Barger will be one of four recipients of MoDOT’s Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Advisory Council (LETSAC) “Officer of the Year” Award. He will receive the award at a banquet in Lake Ozark in July.
The minutes for the May 8 meeting were approved. The Accounts Payable Report was approved for May 2018.