For the first time in more than 20 years, the City of Vandalia swore in a new mayor last week during its monthly Board of Alderman meeting.
City Clerk Karen Shaw led the ceremony as new Mayor Ralph Kuda, Jr. took an oath of office. He was joined by Ray Sutton (Ward I), Larry Holt (Ward II), and John Weiser (Ward III).
The election results were also certified.
Outgoing Mayor Ramon Barnes presented a plaque of appreciation to outgoing Ward I Alderman Teresa Wenzel.
He was also honored with an official city resolution to recognize him for his years of service to the city.
Weiser was also elected as Mayor Pro-Tem.
A Public Hearing regarding an intent to file a USDA application was held to receive public comment regarding the city’s intent to apply for USDA funding to obtain a patrol car.
The hearing was advertised in The Vandalia Leader and is a required step in the application process.
No comments were received during the hearing.
The total price for the patrol car and equipment is $35,240.54. The city’s match of 45% would be $15,858.24 while the grant requested for 55% totals $19,382.30.
A resolution was also approved as it too is a requirement in the grand process for funding from the USDA.
Terri Jungers provided the group an update on the YMCA/Library project.
She said the project was approved for the Neighborhood Assistance Program grant, which is $500,000. Seventy percent of it will be sold for tax credits.
She said those with a Missouri tax liability could donate and have 70% of anything they donate will be a tax write-off up to six years.
She said a $2,000 grant from MFA has also been received.
According to NAP instructions, all money and pledges have to be locked in before shovels hit the ground.
Plans include a library, gymnasium, and a walking track with a 30,000 square foot building.
She said right now there is 15 months with a goal of opening in January 2017.
Plans to renovate the library include a goal of September 2015.
Jungers said caps from Prairie Farms milk will provide funding for the project. They can be dropped off at the library, First State Community Bank, or Shear Platinum.
On May 22 from 4-8 p.m. at the Country Cupboard Restaurant, a portion of the proceeds will be donated towards the project.
City Administrator Alan Winders said the city will find the library a place while the project advances. He also noted that the project is not a city project.
The intersection discussed was the one at Galloway Road, Breezy Lane, and Missouri Avenue.
It was noted about one mile of Galloway with no stop signs. The request is to put a four-way stop at the intersection.
The amendment was approved.
Cost of Power
The cost of power adjustment, as it pertains to the first 50 KW of usage, was discussed and will be corrected with the next billing as the software allows for the change.
In 2001, COPA was put into place. The code states that COPA applies to KW used, however was not applied to any usage of the first 50 KW including minimum bills. COPA must be applied to all kwh sold if it is to work. The effect on bills will be about $2.90.
A power point presentation was provided, describing the issue of Cost Of Power Adjustment (COPA) as it pertains to the first 50 KW of usage.
Aldermen approved the appointment of Dennis G. Koch, CPA as the auditing firm for the year.
Shaw told the group that the city follows a state retention program. Records were destroyed after a retention time was met. The report was approved to show records had been destroyed.
Aldermen approved a measure to renew the loss control policy statement to satisfy an annually evaluated area by liability carrier MIRMA, while conveying the council’s commitment to safety to the staff. The policy was reviewed by the safety committee during the April safety meeting and no changes were made.
The policy is recommended by MIRMA, and must be reviewed and approved every three years. The policy was last updated May 2011.