VANDALIA — The Vandalia Division of Fire has placed a new medic unit in service. The vehicle was on display at Monday’s city council meeting and was placed in service Monday afternoon.
The medic unit is the first heavy duty vehicle put in service in Vandalia. The vehicle was bought on the state bid at a price of $198,373.90.
“We feel we can possibly extend the life of the medic by 3-5 years,” said Fire Chief Chad Follick in a memorandum recommending the change.
He said the vehicle has a more robust frame and heavier duty brakes and transmission which are the items repaired or replaced most often.
Full video of the April 4 City Council meeting can be seen here:
During the City Manager’s report, Jon Crusey reminded residents of the April 18 tax filing deadline. Tax returns for Vandalia and Brookville are to be completed electronically using the City Tax Online Preparation Tool.
The Online Tool is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, includes easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, and can be accessed through the city’s website, www.vandaliaohio.org. If a taxpayer does not have access to the Internet, they are instructed to contact the tax office to receive a form.
The Income Tax Division will be offer extended and weekend hours to assist residents in filing their tax return:
- Saturday, April 9, 8 a.m. to Noon
- Saturday, April 16, 8 a.m. to Noon
- Thursday, April 14, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday, April 15, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Monday, April 18, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Vandalia City Council members voted unanimously to appoint Holly Payton and Aaron Hathaway to the city’s Housing Code Board of Appeals. Hathaway will serve as an alternate.
The council also passed three ordinances that will eliminate the Employee Relations Board, the Human Relations Commission, the Youth Soccer Commission, the Vandalia Youth Baseball/Softball Commission, and the Insurance Review Committee.
The Boards and Commissions were deleted due to their obsolescence and/or disuse.
City Attorney Jerry McDonald said that the decisions to eliminate the boards were not taken lightly and that notice was given to current members.
“For the record, we did advertise that we were going to dissolve these boards, the existing board members were advised and given the opportunity to speak to council, and I believe some of them actually did,” said McDonald. “I just wanted to point that out that we aren’t just dissolving a board without speaking to the current members of those boards.”
The council also adopted a sponsorship policy for the Recreation Center. The policy has been under development for several months and would prohibit sponsorship that “is deemed to be unsuitable for and contrary to community standards of appropriateness for government publications.”
Examples included any ad that promotes the sale or consumption of alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives; any ad with profanity or obscenity; or political or advocacy advertising.
Decisions related to any sponsorship related to the above is subject to the sole discretion and judgment of the City Manager.
In other action, the council:
- Awarded the bid for street resurfacing to Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. at a price of $427,898.
- Awarded the bid for the Pool Avenue Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project to T.C. Holzen at a price of $57,499.
- Authorized the purchase of a trailer mounted vacuum excavator for the Public Works Department at the National Joint Powers Alliance Purchasing Contract price of $91,572.19.
Following the meeting, the council adjourned to an executive session to discuss the annual performance evaluation of the City Manager.
The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m. A work session will be held prior to the meeting at a time to be announced. Both meetings are open to the public.