City to lease water tower space to MARCS system

By Darrell Wacker -

VANDALIA – In addition to denying the proposed Dunkin Donuts (see story this page) the Vandalia City Council passed multiple items during a busy meeting on Monday.

Monday is the last meeting prior to council entering its summer schedule of once monthly meetings instead of twice a month.

Vandalia will lease space on the Attica water tower for equipment for the Ohio’s Multi-Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS). Under the agreement, the state will lease space for a fee of $20,000 annually beginning in July 2016 to June 30, 2017 and then renewing every two years for the next 24 years or until the State of Ohio no longer operates MARCS.

“It’s nice to have an antenna here because it ensures we will get good coverage,” said City Manager Jon Crusey during the council’s work session.

Council passed a resolution to enter into an agreement with Standard Life Insurance Company for stop-loss coverage on the city’s self-insured health coverage. The plan, which runs from July 1 to June 30 will ensure the city’s maximum cost for 2016-17 is $2,416,431.

Council also awarded a bid for the Greenhurst and Helke water main replacement at a cost of $245,936, under the budgeted amount of $275,000. $90,000 of the project is being reimbursed through the Montgomery County Community Development Block Grant Program.

In other action, council:

  • Amended its contract with auditing firm Plattenburg & Associates to meet Auditor of State requirements at a cost of $8,948 for the years 2015 and 2016.
  • Authorized an addendum to Miami Valley Lighting’s Full Service Street Lighting Agreement for the conversion of some city street lights from High Pressure Sodium to LED technology.
  • Authorized the purchase of traffic paint from Mds Solutions, Inc. in the amount of $13,552.15.
  • Authorized Crusey to enter into an agreement with the United States Air and Trade Show for a chalet at the Vectren Dayton Air Show in exchange for police and city services during the show up to $23,500.
  • Passed an ordinance to issue $4,076,000 in bond anticipation notes for debt incurred for the construction of the Recreation Center, Justice Center, and Municipal Building. The city has budgeted $890,000 in principal and interest payments in 2016. The anticipated interest rates on the notes is 1.3%.
  • Passed an ordinance for the issuance of bond anticipation notes in the amount of $2,039,000 in principal and $30,500 in interest related to the purchase of land and infrastructure construction at Stonequarry Crossings. Since no land has been sold since last year, there is no principal reduction. However, a pair of purchase contracts with MAC and/or Independent Can are expected to be closing soon. The interest rate on the notes is expected to be 1.5%.
  • Approved the issuance of $480,000 in bond anticipation notes for the purchase of a new fire engine currently under construction. The city paid for the cab and chassis up front in order to save $7,700 in finance costs, however this required a transfer from the General Fund to the Fire Equipment Fund. The revenue from the notes will reimburse the general fund and pay the remaining costs of the fire engine.
  • Passed an emergency ordinance to pay the balance of bond anticipation notes for the construction of Fieldstone Way. The notes are due June 16, 2016 which is before council’s next meeting. Nearly $328,000 in the Fieldstone Construction Fund will be transferred to the Debt Service fund to pay off the notes.
  • Granted a variance at 2349 Cheviot Hills Lane to allow 45% impervious surface coverage where 35% is the maximum permitted.

The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. A workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.

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.