VANDALIA — Vandalia police will soon be wearing body-worn cameras after the city council approved their purchase on Monday evening.
The move is intended to continue the Police Division’s “effort to increase community and officer safety and transparency,” according to a memorandum recommending the purchase by the city’s IT Manager Darren Davey.
The Police Division tested two body-worn cameras last year. The cameras chosen by the department will integrate “seamlessly” with the department’s current in-car camera system.
The city is purchasing 26 cameras, storage capacity, and software at a cost of $53,314.
Council also approved a variance for the construction of a home at 792 Foxfire Trail that exceeds the maximum allowed impervious area by 40%. While the Board of Zoning Appeals had recommended denial based on existing code, City Attorney Jerry McDonald advised council that they should also consider the Americans with Disabilities Act since the home was being designed to be ADA compliant and enable the family to better care for their daughter.
Council approved the variance unanimously.
At the beginning of the meeting, Vandalia Mayor Arlene Setzer declared Tuesday, July 18 as Timothy Townsend Day in honor of Townsend’s 40 years of volunteer service on the city’s Civil Service Commission.
“Tim has faithfully participated in countless meetings and hearings and has strived to render fair and well-considered decisions concerning the employment of hundreds of Vandalia employees,” said Setzer.
The council also approved a emergency amendment to its Animals section of city code to clarify that Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR) programs are permitted to work in the city and are not a violation of the city’s recently adopted outdoor feeding ban.
In other items, the council:
- Denied the rezoning of nearly 5.5 acres of land owned by CSX at the northeast corner of I-75 and Northwoods Boulevard from Office/Industrial Park to Highway Business. The Planning Commission had unanimously recommended denial.
- Approved a PUD Final Development Plan for lot three at the “40 West” development on the former site of Morton Middle School. The 8,000 square foot building will house two tenants with local dentist Dr. Thomas Volk being the primary tenant.
- Approved a boundary adjustment between Vandalia and the City of Dayton to place a 1.1432 acre parcel on the north side of National Road between Airport Access Road and Concorde Drive in Dayton city limits. Dayton will pay Vandalia $34,296 for the parcel and the boundary will now be along National Road.
- Authorized the issue of Bond Anticipation Notes to refinance the remaining debt for land and infrastructure due to the 2006 purchase for Stonequarry Crossings. Land sales will allow the city to pay $525,000 toward the principal balance and thus issue notes in the amount of $1.514 million.
- Authorized the issue of Bond Anticipation Notes related to the 1996 bonds issued to build the Recreation Center, Justice Center, and Municipal Building renovations. The city will pay $817,000 towards principal and reissue notes in the amount of $3.259 million.
- Approved a first reading of an ordinance that would rezone nearly 34 acres of land on Top Notch Court from Office/Industrial Park to Industrial at the request of CSX Realty Development. The zoning request is consistent with the city’s 2000 Comprehensive Plan’s Future Land Use Map.
- Approved a first reading of an ordinance that would allow for a major remodeling of the Burger King on National Road. The remodeling will include indoor and exterior work, replace the existing sign with a free-standing monument sign, and include an outdoor seating area on the National Road side of the structure as well as other landscaping and material enhancements.
The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, August 21 at 6:30. A workshop will be held prior to the meeting at a time to be announced. Both meetings are open to the public.
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