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New utility policy adopted for the City of Vandalia

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 12:22 pm

wAfter a couple of months of discussing a possible change to a utility policy that hasn’t been adjusted since August 2000, aldermen adopted Resolution No. 14-08 during the City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen meeting held last week.
This resolution is set up allowing only property owners to contract for utility services. This is to allow deposits to be eliminated and virtually eliminate write-offs while affording property owners complete control of accounts.
The resolution is considered the best one in interest of all customers for losses through non-payment reduced to the greatest extent feasible.
The approved policy notes that if utilities were disconnected for nonpayment, they would not be reconnected at that address until all outstanding balances were settled.
Bills will be sent to property owners though a landlord could request that a renter be billed as well.
Property owners are now the customer and responsible party and are in control of the service being connected.
Customers with a current service would remain in the current deposit system. When the customer changes or is disconnected, utilities would be reconnected per this policy.
City Administrator Alan Winders told the group that there were three different policies which were developed for council consideration.
Liability Insurance for dangerous dog
owners
Vandalia Police Chief Tony Laird told the group that an ordinance had been prepared regarding Section 210.230 “Dangerous Animals.”
The measure, which ended up unanimously being approved, requires owners of dangerous animals to show proof of liability insurance covering the dangerous animal. The ordinance also states that it does not apply to animals registered before January 1, 2015.
The amount of coverage commonly available by insurance carriers includes the amounts of $100,000, $300,00, $500,000, and $1,000,000 per incident.
Such insurance provides no cancelation of the policy will be made unless 10 days written notice is first given to the police chief.
Only the dog breeds of German Shepherds and Dobermans are currently not listed in Vandalia’s dangerous animal ordinance.

Planning and Zoning
Appointments
During the meeting, Mayor Ralph Kuda, Jr. recommended both Larry Stotler and Doug Bontz to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission; Terri Jungers and Jim Elzea to serve on the Zoning Board of Adjustments; and Phil Ennis to serve on the Industrial Development Authority.
Aldermen unanimously approved the recommendations.
MIRMA Risk
Management Awards
Jeff Arp, of MIRMA, attended the meeting and presented Risk Management Awards totaling $5,620.83. The award is for requested items that were part of a list submitted by a September 1 deadline. According to Assistant City Administrator Debbie Hopke, the City of Vandalia requested monetary reimbursement for items that are designed to eliminate or reduce loss exposure.
The items included a taser with taser cam, police car dash mounted audio/video camera, two flammable storage cabinets, AED-Aquatic Center, and a video surveillance system (Vandalia Police Department.)
Renovation of City Hall
City Administrator Alan Winders told alderman that with their approval, a measure would be authorized to proceed with the renovation of City Hall.
Renovations would be made utilizing funds previously saved and budgeted for projects like a renovation project of City Hall.
Work will be performed by city staff, contractors, and/or temporary employees.
There is also a goal of updating the police department as well.

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