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Vandalia’s City Council holds its monthly meeting

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 1:03 pm

The City of Vandalia’s City Council discussed a variety of topics during its monthly meeting held May 8 inside the Lange Building.
Discussion of three
additional street signs
There were questions from aldermen and the mayor referencing placement of the signs and the possibility of putting signs all the way down on the east side of the roads to direct trucks to the truck routes. Aldermen inquired into placing (no bicycles signs) all the way up and down Main Street.
Street Superintendent Dave Hamby brought the issue to the board.
Potential signs could be at corners of Park St. and Main St. (to keep bicycles and skateboards off the sidewalk), a sign to clarify parking at the truck parking lot near Industrial Dr., while another could be placed at the intersection of W. Bland and Central St.
No action was taken. The issued will be placed back on the agenda for the next board meeting.
“Citizens to be Heard”
During the “Citizens to be Heard” portion of the meeting, resident Denise Chamberlain stated that she heard that Mayor Kuda doesn’t consider the “Great Plains Kitchen” as a new business in town. He denied saying that.
Megan Hazel referenced her want to see the ordinance changed allowing farm animals to be in town. Ms. Hazel said she had a pot belly pig and would like to keep it.
Renew the Supervised Institutional Work-Release Program Agreement
According to meeting minutes, the board was advised of the renewal and that there were no changes to the agreement. Approval of the item would extend the contract with WERDCC to September 30, 2019.
The measure was approved.
Authorize Agreement for Professional On-Call Services for City Engineer.
This item authorizes an agreement for Professional On-Call Engineering Services between the City of Vandalia and Poepping, Stone, Bach, & Associates, Inc. (PSBA).
Alderman Hopke asked about the current engineering firm (SKW) reference if there would be any fees to discontinue the use with SKW. City Administrator Darren Berry advised there was not a fee, just a simple e-mail required.
The measure passed unanimously.
Municipal Agreement between the City of Vandalia and MoDot for resurfacing of the shoulders along routes 54, F, and W
Alderman Ramon Barnes asked what it would cost for the city to resurface shoulders along routes 54, F, and W with asphalt. Hamby did not have a cost at the time. Aldermen Teresa Wenzel and Hopke expressed their concern that the shoulders would be higher than theirs.
A measure to sell the 10’ section of the shoulder was unanimously approved.
Miscellaneous
Minutes from the April 10 meeting were approved.
Accounts Payable Report for April 2018 was approved.
The 2018 Goals Report was approved. Alderman Debbie Hopke stated the wording on the demolition program section needed to be changed to “continue to review program on demolition/derelict properties.” The measure was approved unanimously.
City Administrator Berry informed the group that Dave Sanders was the new department head for water and waste water department.
Sanders has a certified D license and will start water classes in June 2018. City Administrator Berry will continue to act as chief water plant operator for the time being.
Ads were placed for a city mechanic.
City Administrator Berry attended a municipal government conference and an MCMA Conference, which were both very informational.
Hydrant flushing did not get completed due to heavy rain. It will be done in the fall.
The pool is being filled and is close to full.
The updating of the state championship signs is being looked at.
There was a meeting with Emergency Management. Cost estimates on dam repairs were at $25,000 dollars for a temporary fix.

The City of Vandalia’s City Council discussed a variety of topics during its monthly meeting held May 8 inside the Lange Building.
Discussion of three
additional street signs
There were questions from aldermen and the mayor referencing placement of the signs and the possibility of putting signs all the way down on the east side of the roads to direct trucks to the truck routes. Aldermen inquired into placing (no bicycles signs) all the way up and down Main Street.
Street Superintendent Dave Hamby brought the issue to the board.
Potential signs could be at corners of Park St. and Main St. (to keep bicycles and skateboards off the sidewalk), a sign to clarify parking at the truck parking lot near Industrial Dr., while another could be placed at the intersection of W. Bland and Central St.
No action was taken. The issued will be placed back on the agenda for the next board meeting.
“Citizens to be Heard”
During the “Citizens to be Heard” portion of the meeting, resident Denise Chamberlain stated that she heard that Mayor Kuda doesn’t consider the “Great Plains Kitchen” as a new business in town. He denied saying that.
Megan Hazel referenced her want to see the ordinance changed allowing farm animals to be in town. Ms. Hazel said she had a pot belly pig and would like to keep it.
Renew the Supervised Institutional Work-Release Program Agreement
According to meeting minutes, the board was advised of the renewal and that there were no changes to the agreement. Approval of the item would extend the contract with WERDCC to September 30, 2019.
The measure was approved.
Authorize Agreement for Professional On-Call Services for City Engineer.
This item authorizes an agreement for Professional On-Call Engineering Services between the City of Vandalia and Poepping, Stone, Bach, & Associates, Inc. (PSBA).
Alderman Hopke asked about the current engineering firm (SKW) reference if there would be any fees to discontinue the use with SKW. City Administrator Darren Berry advised there was not a fee, just a simple e-mail required.
The measure passed unanimously.
Municipal Agreement between the City of Vandalia and MoDot for resurfacing of the shoulders along routes 54, F, and W
Alderman Ramon Barnes asked what it would cost for the city to resurface shoulders along routes 54, F, and W with asphalt. Hamby did not have a cost at the time. Aldermen Teresa Wenzel and Hopke expressed their concern that the shoulders would be higher than theirs.
A measure to sell the 10’ section of the shoulder was unanimously approved.
Miscellaneous
Minutes from the April 10 meeting were approved.
Accounts Payable Report for April 2018 was approved.
The 2018 Goals Report was approved. Alderman Debbie Hopke stated the wording on the demolition program section needed to be changed to “continue to review program on demolition/derelict properties.” The measure was approved unanimously.
City Administrator Berry informed the group that Dave Sanders was the new department head for water and waste water department.
Sanders has a certified D license and will start water classes in June 2018. City Administrator Berry will continue to act as chief water plant operator for the time being.
Ads were placed for a city mechanic.
City Administrator Berry attended a municipal government conference and an MCMA Conference, which were both very informational.
Hydrant flushing did not get completed due to heavy rain. It will be done in the fall.
The pool is being filled and is close to full.
The updating of the state championship signs is being looked at.
There was a meeting with Emergency Management. Cost estimates on dam repairs were at $25,000 dollars for a temporary fix.