City Council approves one road project, tables another

By Darrell Wacker -

VANDALIA – The Vandalia City Council awarded the bid for the Grossbeck Street reconstruction and took steps to accept grant and loan funds for the project from the State of Ohio on Monday evening.

The project was awarded to Durst Brothers Excavating of Tipp City as the lowest and best bid out of seven bids received at a cost of $395,768.

Council passed other resolutions in support of the project in order to receive a 25% grant and a 25% loan at zero percent interest from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC). Council also authorized an advance from the general fund to the OPWC fund of $72,500 which will be reimbursed by the OPWC.

Council tabled a resolution that would award the bid for repairs to the southbound Airport Access Road bridge deck in order to research if grant monies or other sources of funding may be available to pay a portion of the $245,224 tab. Research will also determine whether the repairs can be delayed while funding is sought while weighing safety and other factors. Council is expected to hold a special meeting on Monday, August 1 to reconsider the project.

In other matters, Council:

  • Approved and extension of time for the construction of sidewalks for lots 41-45 in the Brown School Village Subdivision Section 4.
  • Approved depository agreements with PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, KeyBank, and Huntington National Bank. These approvals are required every five years.
  • Gave formal approval to an emergency repair of the Justice Center HVAC system at a cost of $12,094.67 by Mechanical Systems of Dayton. Council authorized Crusey to go ahead with the repairs at the June Council meeting due to not having time to prepare legislation prior to the meeting.
  • Approved a software maintenance agreement for the Police Department with Harris Global Software for dispatching, police, fire, and EMS, integrated records management, and mobile reporting at a cost of $23,899.
  • Approved a replat of 564 and 584 W. National Road into one parcel. The combined property will be the site of a new TruNorth Shell store.

Ordinances approved in their first reading included PUD Major Amendments at 20 Frances Lane (patio cover), 212 W. National Road (storage shed), and Enclave at the Falls to allow the builder to construct buildings 7 and 8.

Ordinances approved in their second reading were PUD Major Amendments for the Pizza Hut remodel at 337 E. National Road and 410 W. Alkaline Springs Road for a fence. Council denied a request for a sign at 206 S. Brown School Road because the sign design does not conform to code requirements.

Council denied a variance at Veolia Water Technologies to allow outdoor storage setback but approved a conditional use to store materials outdoors. Council also approved a fence variance at 543 Poplar Grove Drive.

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.