By Barry Dalton
During its Oct. 13 meeting, the Vandalia Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to authorize the city’s engineering firm to conduct a feasibility study to determine if a regionalization approach between Vandalia and Curryville’s wastewater treatment facilities would be a viable option.
PSBA will determine the best route for a sanitary sewer force main from the Curryville collection system to the Vandalia treatment facility. The engineering firm will investigate the effect that decommissioning the Curryville lagoons, if needed, would have on the proposed pumping system and the Vandalia lagoon system. It will also look at environmental impacts and provide maps and cost estimates for utilities, construction, right of way easements and operational/maintenance costs.
City Administrator Darren Berry said this study involves no commitments from Vandalia or Curryville to move forward with the project. It will only determine if regionalization would be a good option. The cost for the study is $37,500 to be paid for through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Regionalization Incentive Grant.
Curryvile has previously explored connecting with Bowling Green, but Vandalia’s rates are much better than Bowling Green’s, Berry said.
“I know some people think we don’t have good rates here, but we do,” Berry said.
The Board of Aldermen also approved the Semi-Annual Financial Statement for March 1 to Aug. 31, 2020. The statement showed total revenue of $2,207,020.79 and total expenditures of $2,466,346.28 for an operating deficit of $259,325.49. Outstanding debt was $610,505.
The Board also passed two bills. Ordinance 20-1207 permits the board to contract with the Sheriff of Audrain County to fulfill the responsibilities of the chief of police and police officers and to allow the chief of police position to remain vacant during the contractual period. Ordinance 20-1208 assesses a state automation surcharge of $7 when court costs are assessed.
A number of updates were also provided to the board::
City Staff Update: JoAnna Borgmeyer is the new Deputy Administrator. Shamene Holt is the new Billing/Court Clerk.
Fiber Update: Missouricom and Spectrum hope to be done with the construction/digging phase of the fiber project in a week to 10 days. They will then address any remaining issues with yards that were dug up. Anyone with claims or concerns should contact the city.
Hydrant Flushing: City crews will be flushing hydrants Oct. 16-30. During this time, the city says that customers may temporarily experience some mild taste and odor issues along with discolored/cloudy water. Utilities Director Dave Sanders said this will not cause any health issues.
Chlorine Conversion: The city utility department will be converting its systems from Chloramines to Free Chlorine for 30 days from Oct. 16 to Nov. 16, per annual requirements by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR).
Parks Update: All park bathrooms will close for the winter beginning Oct. 30.
Power Plant Demolition Update: An asbestos inspection must be completed before the demolition process can continue moving forward.