VANDALIA — Vandalia Mayor Arlene Setzer declared May to be bicycling month in the city at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Setzer presented the proclamation to Chuck Smith of the city’s Bicycle Committee.
“The City of Vandalia is a ‘bicycle friendly’ community and wishes to encourage the use of bicycles as a means of transportation,” said Setzer in her proclamation. “Creating bicycle-friendly communities has been shown to improve citizens’ health, well-being, and quality of life, to boost community spirit, to improve traffic safety, and to reduce pollution and congestion.”
She noted that the city adopted a resolution in 1995 to encourage designing and modifying the city’s streets to facilitate bicycle usage.
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In other business, the council appointed Jack Froschauer to the Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council.
Council also awarded a pair of bids to Beau Townsend Ford for the purchase of two trucks. The first is a 3/4 ton pick-up truck with a plow for the Parks and Recreation Department at a cost of $49,711. The second truck was a one ton truck with a salt spreader also for the Parks and Recreation Department at a cost of $55,979. The city declared two trucks being replaced as surplus property.
Council also awarded a bid for a call and radio recording system for the Division of Police to Stephen Campbell & Associates at a cost of $12,195. Existing equipment being replaced was declared surplus property.
An ordinance that approves the editing and inclusion of ordinances and resolutions passed by council since the last update of the city’s Codified Ordinances in 2014 was approved for its first reading.
Finally, council approved two ordinances in their second reading that remove references to the City Engineer and changes the duties of the Director of Public Service due to the elimination of the City Engineer position during the 2016 budget process. They also passed an ordinance that updates the city’s solar panel regulations in the city code.
The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m. A study session will be held immediately before the meeting at a time to be announced. Both meetings are open to the public.