City Council considers land purchases

By Darrell Wacker -

Vandalia City Manager Jon Crusey explains pending legislation during the Feb. 15, 2016 City Council meeting.

City of Vandalia photo

VANDALIA — Manufactured Assemblies Corporation (MAC) continues to grow its operation in Stonequarry Crossings, and on Monday the Vandalia City Council took steps to help them continue to grow.

The Council authorized City Manager Jon Crusey to enter into a purchase and sale agreement for about 9.5 acres of land located west of MAC’s existing facility. The purchase would be at $25,000 per acre.

There is a potential snag to the sale however.

The northern portion of the property, totaling 5.5 acres, is under option for purchase with Blue Diamond Real Estate Holdings, LLC, or Independent Can. Under the terms of the option, Blue Diamond has 30 days to exercise that option once they are notified of MAC’s offer.

If Blue Diamond exercises its option to buy the land, then MAC will purchase just the 4 acres left. However, if Blue Diamond doesn’t exercise its option, the City of Vandalia will terminate the option and sell all 9.5 acres to MAC.

Resident Harry Campbell presented the city a banner to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of David Sabec. Sabec was killed in the line of duty on March 6, 1966 while fighting in the Vietnam War. Sabec was a member of the Butler High School Class of 1963.

Mayor Arlene Setzer thanked Campbell and said the City would find a place to hang the banner.

Council also passed a resolution to use DH Productions for the taping and editing of its Focus Vandalia and By the Way videos.

Council also approved a Comprehensive Plan Update with a Future Land Use amendment for 643 acres out of a 1,502-acre tract of land annexed in 1988. 220 parcels were included in the Amendment generally located east of I-75, south of I-70, and north of Little York Road.

Council also denied a variance at 2310 Tadmore that would have allowed roof mounted solar panels. The Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously to recommend denial at its January 27 meeting citing failure to meet all five criteria for a variance.

While the Council denied the variance, members did say that city staff will be reviewing the city’s solar panel regulations for possible modification and modernization.

“We will look at our rules – they may be out of date,” said Setzer. “It might be that our rules may be updated that then meet the concerns of the variance request.”

Council Member Candice Farst said that granting a variance was not the right solution.

“We need to re-evaluate our code rather than grant a variance,” said Farst.

Ray Davis, President of OGW Resources, the company that wants to install the solar panels, said that the applicant had met the criteria.

“Every step along the way we have met the criteria for a variance,” said Davis.

Davis alleged a conflict of interest by Board of Zoning Appeals Member Bob Stallman and said he works for DP&L Energy.

“If I was in that business, I would have recused myself (from the vote)” said Davis. “DP&L is in direct competition with my business.”

Stallman, who is the Vice President of Miami Valley Lighting, said that he works with governments and large corporations on street and outdoor lighting – nothing to do with solar energy. Miami Valley Lighting is a subsidiary of DP&L.

“I did not see any direct benefits to myself, my family, my organization, or DP&L when considering this matter,” said Stallman. “As a provider of lighting service, I didn’t see any connection.”

The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. A work session will be held immediately prior to the meeting at a time to be announced. Both meetings are open to the public.

Vandalia City Manager Jon Crusey explains pending legislation during the Feb. 15, 2016 City Council meeting. City Manager Jon Crusey explains pending legislation during the Feb. 15, 2016 City Council meeting. City of Vandalia photo

By Darrell Wacker

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.


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