City Council approves contract on old Morton Middle School site


By Darrell Wacker - Managing Editor - dwacker@civitasmedia.com



Vandalia Sister Cities President Harvey Kimmel receives a proclamation from Mayor Arlene Setzer during the Monday, June 20 City Council meeting.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

VANDALIA – The site of the former Morton Middle School on W. National Road could see its first development under a purchase contract approved by the Vandalia City Council Monday evening.

The agreement with YOLO Development 1 is for the purchase of 9.8 acres at a cost of $375,000 and includes a 90-day due diligence period.

The initial project is proposed to be a 12,000 square foot medical facility built on two acres.

The agreement restricts the permitted uses to administrative, business, or professional offices and/or professional services, day care, animal hospitals or clinics, retail, hotel, or multi-family. However, any retail, hotel, or multi-family area is limited to 30% of the acreage of the site provided they do not directly abut National Road.

The developer has also agreed to a perpetual easement to be used for a shared-use path that will be incorporated into the city’s Bicycle Plan.

Prior to the business portion of the meeting, Vandalia Mayor Arlene Setzer honored the Sister Cities organization which will celebrate its 60th anniversary this summer.

In 1975 Vandalia joined Sister Cities, International and began a relationship with the city of Lichtenfels, Germany that has grown over the past 40 years.

Setzer presented Harvey Kimmel, President of Vandalia Sister Cities, with a proclamation declaring Friday, July 15 as Sister Cities International Day.

“Sister Cities International as described by President Eisenhower promotes the fact ‘that all people want peace.’” said Setzer in her proclamation. “Sister Cities International Day is a call to action for Americans and citizens of the world to come together to celebrate the importance of communities’ continues commitment to supporting to a more peaceful and prosperous future through continued people-to-people exchanges.”

After the Mayor’s proclamation, council moved into a heavy agenda due to meeting just once monthly on its summer schedule.

One of the items approved was an agreement with the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab for services in 2016-17. The cost for 2016 is $34,764 and 2017 is $27,729. The services include laboratory analysis, supplies for the Vandalia Police evidence technicians, and attendance by three Vandalia officers at the crime lab’s evidence technician course.

The Public Works Department had several items on the agenda including a fuel management system purchased from Buckeye Oil Equipment Company at a price of $24,824. Also purchased was a one-ton dump truck through the State of Ohio Cooperative Purchasing Plan at a cost of $26,866. The dump body and hydraulic equipment will be publicly bid with the cost expected to come in under the total $60,000 budgeted for the truck.

Public Works also will purchase a four wheel drive pickup truck with plow from Beau Townsend Ford at a cost of $31,230.

The Development and Engineering Services department will also have a new truck. The two wheel drive pickup truck will be purchased from Beau Townsend Ford at a cost of $23,391. While this price is $144 above the lowest quote, it is within the 5% and will be purchased locally per the city’s Vandalia First policy.

In other items council:

  • Approved a Planned Unit Development (PUD) major amendment to allow for the remodeling of the Pizza Hut on National Road.
  • Approved a PUD major amendment for 410 W. Alkaline Springs Road to allow the replacement of a 24-inch fence with a 48-inch fence.
  • Denied a PUD amendment for a pole sign at 206 S. Brown School Road. All free-standing signs are required to be monument signs.
  • Authorized a temporary advance of $15,000 from the general fund to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) fund. The city has been awarded $90,000 in CDBG grant funds for the replacement of water mains and concrete repairs/handicap accessible ramps along Greenhurst Drive and Helke Road.
  • Passed an emergency ordinance to reissue Bond Anticipation Notes (BAN’s) with a principal balance of $4,076,000. The BAN’s were originally issued in 2014 since the original 1996 bonds used to pay for the Recreation Center, Justice Center, and Municipal Building projects had interest rates that were going to escalate. In this measure, the city is paying $817,000 in principal and $73,191 in interest. The notes, which will carry an estimated interest rate of 1.3%, are due to be retired in 2021.
  • Passed an emergency ordinance to refinance BAN’s for the land and infrastructure at Stonequarry Crossings in the amount of $2,039,000 principal and $30,500 in interest. While no principal is being paid since no land has been sold in 2016, there are currently two contracts for the purchase of approximately 9.5 acres. The interest rate is estimated at 1.5%.
  • Passed an emergency ordinance for the issue of BAN’s in the amount of $480,000 for the purchase of a new fire engine currently under construction.

The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, July 18.

Vandalia Sister Cities President Harvey Kimmel receives a proclamation from Mayor Arlene Setzer during the Monday, June 20 City Council meeting.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/06/web1_Council.jpgVandalia Sister Cities President Harvey Kimmel receives a proclamation from Mayor Arlene Setzer during the Monday, June 20 City Council meeting. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

By Darrell Wacker

Managing Editor

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.