VB Chamber holds annual meeting


By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@civitasmedia.com



The Vandalia Branch of the Dayton Public Library was one of six businesses recognized for 20+ years of membership in the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce. Pictured left to right is Branch Manager Jen Kadel, Elizabeth Hamad, Regional Liaison for the Sectary of State’s Office, and Karri Marshal, Assistant Director for the Dayton Public Library.


Photo by Darrell Wacker

VANDALIA — The Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting Tuesday morning and honored six businesses for reaching 20+ years of continuing membership.

The Vandalia Branch of the Dayton Metro Library, GE Aviation, McGohan-Brabender, Inc., Payton Cabinets, S&Z Home Improvements, and the Vectren Dayton Air Show were inducted into the Twenty and Over club.

The Chamber also received nominations for the 2016 Board of Directors. They are Brian Addis of Edward Jones Investments; David Brusman of Vandalia Blacktop and Sealcoating; David Bucher of Sutton/Dalco Auto Leasing; Wes Ramsey of Cypress Pointe Health Campus; Amy Ross of Food Safety Consulting, Training, and Testing; and John Wheeler of Digital Cowboy Computers.

Ballots will be mailed by March 31 and returned by April 11.

Following the nominating process, representatives from the City of Vandalia, Butler Township, and the Vandalia-Butler City Schools gave a review of major events of 2015 and looked forward to projects for 2016.

City of Vandalia

City Manager Jon Crusey gave a State of the City update for each department within the city. These included:

Fire Division

  • Had only one reported occupational injury in 2015
  • Established a crisis response team
  • Montgomery Firefighter Crew of the Year – Mike Harmon, Robert Corwin, Brad Heitkamp
  • Average response time 5:14 down 10 seconds from 2014
  • Hiring a captain, new medic in service, transitioning to new county-wide radio system

Police Division

  • 12,983 calls for service in 2015
  • Seven active shooter classes conducted by Crime Prevention Officer in 2015
  • Department maintained CALEA accreditation, 8th since 1992
  • Will be moving radios to Ohio’s MARCS system in 2016
  • Will research feasibility of body-worn cameras for patrol officers in 2016

Parks and Recreation

  • Continued development of Art Park
  • Clear well roof replacement – Cassel Hills Golf Course
  • Gym floor refinished at VRC
  • 963 members of Silver Sneakers in 2015

Public Works

  • Dixie Drive widening project completed
  • Cleaned, painted Inverness water tower
  • Northwoods Boulevard Traffic Signal
  • Fieldstone Way extended
  • 3,000 man hole covers

Finance Department

  • Tax Division no longer collecting taxes for Clayton, West Milton, and Union
  • Auditor of State Award with Distinction for 2015
  • 26th consecutive year the city received award
  • Utility bill format change

Economic Development

  • Superior Abrasives – move in Spring 2016
  • Johnson Electric expansion – 100 new jobs over 3 years
  • Stolle Machinery – 40 jobs from Miami Township, another 40 over next 3 years

City Manager Office

  • Street ligthing project converting many lights to LED
  • Cost offset over time by reduced cost to operate
  • Currently hiring for several positions

Butler Township

Trustee Mike Lang gave the update for Butler Township. His updates included:

Butler Township has intergovernmental relationships with the CIty of Vandalia, Dayton, and the County Engineer. These relationships include joint staffing of fire houses, contracts for JEDD and JEDZ tax collection, upgrading of county roads, EMS services to the Dayton International Airport, and sponsorships with Vandalia of the Fourth of July Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt.

Fire Department

  • 2,740 calls for service in 2015 – up 9%
  • Purchased new medic unit
  • Received grant for powered cot loading system
  • Replaced cardiac monitors
  • Purchased automated CPR device
  • Captain Mike Blakesly retired

Police Department

  • Moved form 8.5-hour shifts to 12-hour shifts
  • Hired fourth sergeant
  • K-9 Zorro acqired and put into service
  • 18.347 calls for service, up 16% from 2014
  • Miami Valley Bulk Task Force

Service Department

  • Paved 6,450 feet of roadway – Frost, Engle, Evermur, and Meeker Woods Drive
  • Prepared 29 gravesites at Polk Grove Cemetery

Planning and Zoning

  • 66 zoning permits in 2015, up from 58 in 2014
  • Zoning resolution update approved December 2015
  • Update makes zoning code more user-friendly, organized

2016 projects

  • Replacing part-time fire fighters with full-time staff
  • Safe Routes to School Grant application for sidewalks on Little York Road
  • Paving on Maxton and Commerce Center Drive.
  • Installation of 400 new street signs paid for by ODOT grant

Budget Commission

  • Commission to be formed spring/summer 2016
  • Will have five citizen members, Fiscal Officer, Administrator
  • Advisory board to Trustees

Vandalia-Butler City Schools

Vandalia-Butler City Schools Superintendent Bradley Neavin talked about the students’ academic excellence during his update and showed statistics which have the district ranked at or near the top in Montgomery County. These included:

  • 43.3% of students ready for kindergarten, above county average of 37.1%
  • Hoever, 93.4% pass third grade reading assessment – above county average of 80.6%
  • Graduation rate 96.6% – highest in Montgomery County – county average 79.7%
  • 82.3% of VBCSD graduates still in college after two years
  • Nearly half – 48.6% graduate college – county average 37.3%

Bond refunding – Bond refunding (refinancing) save taxpayers $1.8 million since December 2014. This is money refunded on tax bills, not going to school district.

Communication strategy

  • Increasing social media presence
  • Increasing community presence
  • Protecting logo/brand
  • Continue to have dialogue with community

The Vandalia Branch of the Dayton Public Library was one of six businesses recognized for 20+ years of membership in the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce. Pictured left to right is Branch Manager Jen Kadel, Elizabeth Hamad, Regional Liaison for the Sectary of State’s Office, and Karri Marshal, Assistant Director for the Dayton Public Library.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/03/web1_Chamber.jpgThe Vandalia Branch of the Dayton Public Library was one of six businesses recognized for 20+ years of membership in the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce. Pictured left to right is Branch Manager Jen Kadel, Elizabeth Hamad, Regional Liaison for the Sectary of State’s Office, and Karri Marshal, Assistant Director for the Dayton Public Library. Photo by Darrell Wacker

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com

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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