VANDALIA – Vandalia Police Officers and support staff will likely receive a 2.5% cost of living increase in each of the next three years after action by the Vandalia City Council on Monday.
The council voted 6-0, with Dave Gerhard absent, to accept the findings of an Ohio State Employee Relations Board Fact-Finder that calls for the salary increase and a slight change to any officers on a six days worked, three days off schedule to recognize they work 8.5 hours per day for vacation and other leave accruals.
Full meeting video can be found here:
Vandalia Police Officers, Public Safety Specialists, and part-time Clerk Typists, who are represented by the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (OPBA), have until May 4 to accept or reject the Fact-Finder’s recommendation in whole, and a vote that is less than a three-fifth’s rejection is considered an acceptance.
If the OPBA accepts the Fact-Finder’s recommendations, City Manager Jon Crusey is authorized to enter a contract with the OPBA based on Monday’s council action.
Prior to action items, Holly Wiggins, Community Outreach Manager with DP&L and a Vandalia resident, spoke about a $50,000 grant the city received as part of DP&L’s Right Tree, Right Place initiative. The grant will pay for 72 trees and other landscaping features at the Vandalia Art Park.
Representatives of the city received the grant on Friday, April 28.
The grant, along with grants in 2016, grants in 2017 to the City of Dayton and Bellefontaine will result in over 820 trees that are utility-friendly being planted in the region.
“I want to thank (Council Member) Candice Farst, (Facilities Superintendent) Rudy Wells, and (Planner) Amber Holloway for their work on this grant,” said Mayor Arlene Setzer. “The application was so well written.”
Farst thanked the DP&L Foundation and praised Holloway for her work on the grant.
“Amber did a great job pulling this all together,” she said.
Council also approved a first reading of an ordinance to amend the city’s zoning code regarding directional and instructional signs. Currently the city only allows two signs per driveway that are three feet high and three square feet in area. The new code will allow two directional signs in the Industrial District up to nine square feet if the two signs are combined.
Sign variance requests have been common over the past few years, and that prompted city staff and the Planning Commission to review the city’s code.
“I want to thank Amber (Holloway) and the staff for their work on this,” said Farst. “I think this will solve some problems going forward.”
Council also approved a second reading of an ordinance that permanently bans the cultivation, processing, and retail sale/distribution of medical marijuana in the city. The ordinance replaces a previous moratorium put in place while state officials developed medical marijuana guidelines.
In other action, the council:
- Approved curb and sidewalk repairs as well as street resurfacing in the Community Development Block Grant area totaling $542,582.71. The amount was $39,582.72 over budget but council authorized the difference to be made up from other capital projects that have come under budget.
- Approved the purchase of two four wheel drive pickup trucks with snow plows from Beau Townsend Ford at a cost of $62,460. The price is $894 per truck less than the State bid price.
- Approved the repair and resurfacing of play courts at several city parks at a cost of $42,477 with Asphalt Sealcoaters of Dayton.
- Appoved the repair of the playground safety surfaces at Jeffers Park in the amount of $14,975 with the Fibar Group, LLC .
- Approved the Police Department’s user fees for the Multi-Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS) at an estimated cost of $14,940.
The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, May 15 at 7 p.m. A work session will be held prior to the meeting at a time to be announced. Both meetings are open to the public.