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Vandalia appoints new judge

Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 11:02 am

Mayor Ralph Kuda, left, and Interim City Administrator Debbie Hopke during the City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

Mayor Ralph Kuda, left, and Interim City Administrator Debbie Hopke during the City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

A new Municipal Judge was appointed during last week’s City of Vandalia Board of Alderman meeting.
Mayor Ralph Kuda recommended the appointment of Jason Newton as the new judge due to a recent resignation of Judge Jeff Miller.
Aldermen unanimously approved the recommendation.
Updates on Police Chief and City Administrator positions
According to drafted city meeting minutes, Interim City Administrator Hopke told the group  that applications for the Police Chief position are still being received.
From input received at the last meeting from the board, a rating sheet has been prepared. The applications will be rated by staff and the highest rated applicants will be interviewed.
The results from the questionnaire from last month was provided.
As discussed at previous meetings, after review and rating of the applications, per Vandalia City Code, the City Administrator makes a recommendation to the Board for the Police Chief position. Hopke also gave an update on the City Administrator application process.
During the August meeting, the board approved the ad for the City Administrator position. The ads are in circulation and inquiries and applications are being received. The position is open until filled.
The next step in the hiring process, as it is for all city employees, is to review and rate the applications. Staff will then make recommendations to the Board of Aldermen and interviews will be scheduled as allowed.
WERDCC Work Release
City Clerk Karen Shaw told the group that a copy of the proposed contract was provided, which would extend our contract with WERDCC for  the Work-Release Program for one year from September 12, 2015.
Approval by aldermen authorized Mayor Kuda to sign the agreement.
MIRMA Awards
Aldermen approved a submission of three proposed Risk Management Award applications to MIRMA.
The 2015 requests for a taser with taser cam, a police car dash mounted audio/video camera, and a flammable storage cabinet total $7,981.10.
MIRMA has a risk management award program that is open to all of its member cities. This is a competitive process where members submit requests for monetary reimbursement for items, which are designed to reduce a particular loss exposure.  Items are categorized by priority. Most items have a replacement frequency guideline and some have maximum funding limits. Awards up to 75% of the funding requested are available for award applications, with a maximum award of $7,500 per item.
Awards will be presented to the winners at their city council meetings prior to January 1, 2016. Items funded will have match amounts included in next year’s budget.
Marketing the former
CSI building
Marketing efforts for the property at 401 South Lincoln, the former CSI building, were discussed. Although there have been various marketing efforts in place since the building became vacant in late 2010, the property is currently marketed as “will trade for jobs.”
Additional efforts could include leasing the entire building, leasing the office space and warehouse space separately, and offering the building for sale.
Staff recommendations for approval were:
• Continuing with the current marketing efforts and the option of “will trade for jobs.”
• Establishing a minimum lease rate of $1.50 per square foot, triple net least, to lease the entire building or only the office space or only the warehouse space, with a minimum lease term of 12 months.
• Obtaining an appraisal on the property so we can offer it for sale in the appropriate media.
After discussion, Alderman John Weiser moved to approve the marketing plan for 401 South Lincoln property. Alderman Bob Dunn seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Shaw told the group that she provided them with a list of things that have been completed on the west side of City Hall remodel. Discussion followed concerning the remodel.
An ordinance was passed to authorize Mayor Kuda to sign a General Warranty Deed, purchasing land within the city limits from Jason M. Holt and Brandy N. Holt.
Bill #15-1155 was duly passed and approved as the ordinance.