City, schools to share Helke tennis courts


VANDALIA — The Vandalia City Council gave its approval to a plan that will share the Helke Park tennis courts, and the cost of refurbishing and maintenance, with the Vandalia-Butler City Schools.

The agreement means that the Butler High School tennis teams will return their matches to Vandalia next school year. Currently, the teams are playing away and neutral site matches due to the poor condition of the courts at the high school.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city will incur total costs of $37,569 to refurbish all nine courts and to install six Pickleball courts. That cost drops to $34,160 of the city elects to install just four Pickleball courts.

The school district will incur costs of $30,675. The lower amount is because the city is incurring all of the costs for the Pickleball courts.

“Going forward, the City and School District would share the cost of ongoing maintenance of the courts,” said City Manager Jon Crusey in his weekly letter to council.

Full video of the meeting can be found here:

The Council also approved a re-plat of a 10.5 acre parcel along Benchwood Road into two smaller parcels. The reconfiguration is to create lots for the future development of an International House of Pancakes (IHOP) and a fast food restaurant.

In other action, the council:

  • Denied a variance that would have allowed Katie’s Hallmark, located at 674 National Road, to have a permanent, or permanent part-time use of a portable storage unit behind the building. City Code does not permit a portable storage unit for longer than seven days nor to exceed 14 days in a year. Additionally, the storage unit is too close to the property line.
  • Approved a variance at New Life Worship Center on Benchwood Road that will allow for a building expansion. The variance will allow the building to have a 10-foot side yard setback which was allowed when the building was constructed in 1997. The current standard is for a 20-foot setback.
  • Approved the purchase of a Bobcat skid-steer for the Public Works Department at a cost of $50,052.34. The purchase will be made from Clark Equipment Company doing business as Bobcat Company at the state bid price.
  • Awarded a contract for slip lining of sanitary sewers in the subdivision north of the Municipal Building and north of Clubhouse Way at a cost of $34,497.50. The actual contract, once change orders are entered, will be $52,497.50. Because the city received a favorable bid, well under the budgeted amount, an additional 800 linear feet of sewer pipe will be repaired at the same rate. The project will still fall around $12,500 short of the funds remaining in the Sanitary Sewer Fund.
  • Approved a Health Risk Assessment through Interactive Health to all full-time employees at a cost not to exceed $160 per participant. The legislation also authorizes the distribution of gift cards not to exceed $250 per employee as an incentive to take part in the assessments. “The purpose of the Health Risk Assessments is to make employees aware of their current health status as part of the City’s ongoing mission to control health care costs,” wrote Crusey.

The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, October 3 at 7 p.m. A council workshop, or discussion meeting, will be held prior to the meeting at a time to be announced.

The tennis courts at Helke Park will be repaired, refurbished, and painted with the costs, and usage, shared by the City of Vandalia and the Vandalia-Butler City Schools. Butler High School teams will play matches starting there starting with the 2017-18 school year.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/09/web1_HelkeTennisCourt.jpgThe tennis courts at Helke Park will be repaired, refurbished, and painted with the costs, and usage, shared by the City of Vandalia and the Vandalia-Butler City Schools. Butler High School teams will play matches starting there starting with the 2017-18 school year. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas media
Butler tennis matches will return to Vandalia in 2017

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com

 

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