The City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen discussed several issues during its monthly meeting held Tuesday, November 14.
Those present at the meeting were aldermen John Weiser, Janet Turner, Debbie Hopke, Teresa Wenzel, and Ramon Barnes; Mayor Ralph Kuda; City Administrator Darren Berry; City Attorney Amy Rost; Utilities Superintendent Aaron Rentfro; Street Superintendent Dave Hamby; Police Chief Chris Hammann, Pam Perkins, Denise Chamberlain, Virgil Smith, Officer Shawn Puls, Capt. Don Elkins, Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs, Patty Kraft, and Peter Thomas.
Citizens to be Heard
According to drafted meeting minutes, resident Patti Kraft thanked the City of Vandalia for the use of the Lange Building for the Crime Stoppers meeting that was held on November 9, 2017.
Denise Chamberlain spoke of the positive events that had taken place in the community and the positive comments spoken reference the events and the departments working together and in conjunction with surrounding agencies.
Peter Thomas spoke of feeling harassed because of his religious affiliation and an incident where he called police about a parking problem and didn’t feel like it was taken care of by the Vandalia Police Department. Thomas was advised by Mayor Kuda that he could make an appointment to speak to the city attorney referencing the issues.
Alderman Weiser advised he heard lots of positive comments reference the new YMCA and Mayor Kuda mentioned the good turnout for the dedication of the new library.
Chief Hammann spoke of items that were no longer in use and outdated at the police department that he felt would be a good addition to the Vandalia Area Historical Society.
Aldermen approved the donation.
Bus Lot parking area and adjacent streets
Chief Hammann spoke of improvements in the area. The City of Vandalia, Van-Far R-I School District, and the Vandalia Fire Department are working together to correct the problem.
The Vandalia Street Department has conducted work on the side street to improve parking. City Administrator Berry advised that the vehicles that were parking to obstruct traffic, are now parking back further to give a better view at the intersection. He stated he did not recommend making it a no parking zone at this time because of the improvements that have been made. No action was taken.
Renew Health Insurance with Lifestyle Health Plans
City Administrator Berry gave information on the research he had done on the current plan compared to other companies he had contacted. He advised there would be a 20%-30% increase in cost for other companies and that certain others declined to give a quote because they could not compete with the current rates. He recommended that the city stay with the current health insurance provider.
After discussion, aldermen approved staying with the current health insurance provider.
An ordinance was approved to add restrictive covenants to Lots Three and Four in block 4 of Ely and Daniel’s Addition to the City of Vandalia in Audrain County, Missouri.
The location is better known as the Street Department.
No drilling or use of the ground water from the property shall be consumed or otherwise used for any purposes.
The bill had a first and second reading approved before being passed.
No action was taken on information items, which included:
• Bus parking lot area and adjacent streets.
The board discussed that three new employees were hired, two for positions at City Hall and one for the utilities department.
The October 10 meeting minutes were approved. The Accounts Payable Report for October 2017 was also approved.