VANDALIA — The Vandalia City Council honored outgoing member H. David Brusman, Jr. for his 12 years of service on the council Monday evening. Mayor Arlene Setzer proclaimed Tuesday, Dec. 22 to be H. David Brusman, Jr. Day in the city and called him a “major contributor to our City’s continued affluence and success.”
Brusman was called a “voice of reason” by Councilman Mike Blakesly who said that Brusman served with integrity and was “dedicated to the community and a fine servant of the citizenry.”
Councilman Dave Lewis echoed that sentiment.
“I consider Dave (Brusman) my friend, and I appreciate his integrity and candor,” said Lewis.
Brusman said he “felt like the least among you” and lauded the council’s culture and team spirit.
He gave an emotional speech after the Mayor read the proclamation honoring him. It can be viewed here:
Brusman will be replaced on the council by Richard Herbst. Herbst will be sworn in at the council’s organizational meeting on Monday, Jan. 4.
In other action, the council approved a bid of $19,074 for the installation of a public address system at the Vandalia Recreation Center. Sound Force, Inc. of Dayton was awarded the contract as the lowest and best bid. Four other bids were received. The cost of the project will be covered out of the Parks and Recreation Department’s 2015 capital budget and the 2016 operations budget.
Council also authorized City Manager Jon Crusey to enter into a contract with Miami Valley Lighting for street lighting services on public streets and grounds for a ten year period. The contract was negotiated as part of a consortium of 22 other cities in the Miami Valley Communications Council.
The contract will replace all existing mercury vapor light fixtures by Dec. 31, 2020. While the contract provides for the replacement to be high pressure sodium or LED lights, Crusey said the city will consult with DP&L to determine which, if any, fixtures should be considered for replacement by LED lighting. Crusey said that information would likely be presented to Council in the first quarter of 2016.
In other action, the Council:
- Authorized Crusey to enter into an agreement with Choice One Engineering for professional engineering services on an as-needed basis. Choice One Engineering submitted the best proposal among three companies that submitted a Statement of Qualifications.
- Authorized Crusey to enter into a mutual aid agreement with the Butler Township Police Department. Crusey said the agreement was intended to clear up vague language that concerned both Vandalia Chief of Police Douglas Knight and Butler Township Chief of Police John Cresie. Butler Township Trustees approved the agreement in November.
- Approved an ordinance revising appropriations to account for an additional, 27th payroll, in 2015.
- Approved three ordinances in their first reading pertaining to the City’s “pick-up” of the statutorily required contribution to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) for full-time employees and elected officials.
- Appointed Aaron Hathaway to the Board of Zoning Appeals.
The Vandalia City Council will meet at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, January 4 for its annual organizational meeting. The meeting will include the oath of office for Mayor Setzer as well as Council Members Robert Ahlers, Dave Gerhard, and Herbst. The election of vice-mayor will also take place, as will appointment of council members to various committees.
Prior to the organizational meeting, council will hold a work session at a time to be announced. The regular meeting will be held at 7 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.