During the the Vandalia Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday, April 13, the board appointed the auditing firm of Dennis G. Koch, CPA for this year’s budget, approved semi-annual financial statement, approved the donation of park benches to the Historical Society, approved the 2021 Street Improvement Plan, approved a water line extension, and approved a contract with Ozark Applicators to paint the inside of the water tower and make necessary concrete repairs.
Water Line Extension
A professional service agreement between the city and Engineering Surveys & Services will loop East Home Street to Union Street and supply water to the Standard Wellness Facility. The cost of this agreement is $8,000.
The plan is to have city crews do the installation. The cost of materials for the project is proposed not to exceed $28,600 for a total project cost of $36,600.
Since the project was not included in this year’s budget, Berry recommended using the fund balance from the water/sewer fund.
“The water/sewer fund is in good shape and can afford to finance this project,” Vandalia City Administrator Darren Berry stated in his report. “Even after all costs are paid for this project, the fund balance in the water/sewer fund will still be over the targeted fund balance of 20% to 30%.”
The project includes construction of about 3,000 linear feet of six-inch diameter water main from an existing line just west of South Utterback Street on Home Street. The main will continue along Home to the east to the west side of the proposed Standard Wellness site, north along the property line to East Union Street, turning west along East Union and reconnecting to an existing line to the east of South Utterback.
Permits from the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will be required before construction can begin.
Meter Testing Deposit Raised
The board gave final approval to raising the deposit required when customers request that their utility meters be tested. The fee is currently $25 but the actual cost is $140.50 for electric meters and $250.50 for water meters, including replacement meters. The board revised Vandalia Ordinance No. 21-124, which now requires the city to reimburse the higher deposit if a significant leak is found. Any questions about the details of the new ordinance should be directed to City Hall.
The 2021 Street Improvement Plan includes $60,000 to address up to 60 blocks of street surfaces. The proposed streets are:
- Galloway, from Sixth to Route P and from Missouri to Sixth.
- Lincoln, from Olive to Walsh; from Walsh to Bland; and from Bland to Haig.
- Missouri, from Oak to Galloway.
- Alford cul de sac.
- Elm, from Union to Home.
- Fourth, from Main to Walnut and from Main to Monroe.
- Kirtley cul de sac.
- Lindell, from Union to Bland.
- Oak, from Park to Olive.
- St. John from Lindell to Walnut.
- Walnut, from Daniels to Hwy. 54 and from Home to Bland.
- Bland, from Clark to Main.
Park Bench Donation
The two park benches, which were removed from the downtown pavilions, have been part of the Vandalia landscape for many years. Originally donated to the city by the McCune family, and given their historical significance, the Vandalia Area Historical Society requested that the city transfer the benches to the society.