Vandalia extends gun range moratorium

By Darrell Wacker -

VANDALIA — The Vandalia City Council extended its moratorium on the acceptance and consideration of any zoning application or consideration related to shooting ranges or the permit to discharge firearms during its meeting on Monday evening.

Council had previously passed a moratorium that was due to expire later this month. A six-month extension was suggested given that there is ongoing litigation between the city and Miami Valley Shooting Grounds over a denial for a permit to discharge firearms outdoors.

Council did clarify that the moratorium does not apply to “limited 21-gun salute” discharges of firearms at memorial events and funerals.

The new moratorium will expire on February 19, 2019 unless it is extended.

Council also authorized City Manager Jon Crusey to negotiate agreements with Tyler Technologies for finance software and for a time management system at a total cost of $313,852.

Tyler Technologies submitted the second lowest out of three bids but was selected because their software package offers more services which will eliminate the need to customize the product or deal with third-party vendors for additional services. The quoted amount also includes the time management system as well as an annual maintenance fee of $36,664.

Miller Pipeline was awarded the city’s bid for sliplining of sanitary sewers project after submitting the lowest of four bids at a cost of $125,125. Tri Cities Waste Water will reimburse the city for $60,000 of the project cost.

In other action, council:

  • Approved a bid for asphalt and concrete work at the Municipal Building, Sports Complex, Recreation Center, and the Maintenance Garage at a cost of $67836 to A to Z Asphalt Contractors, Inc.
  • Approved a replat of two lots at 1200 and 1220 Leaf Tree Lane into one 0.4793 acre lot.
  • Passed an ordinance to amend the city’s investment policy for idle funds to comply with the Ohio Revised Code, to follow best practices, and to incorporate current practices.
  • Approved a variance request by Vandalia Church of Christ to be permitted to keep a 100 square foot sign at its property at 626 W. National Road where the city code only allows a 64 square foot sign. The sign had been in place since July and was erected without a permit.
  • Approved a Planned Unit Development Amendment at 14 & 16 Clubhouse Way to modify the floor plan of a twin home. The amendment was approved 6-0 with Council Member Dave Gerhard abstaining.

The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m. A study session will be held at 6 p.m. in the large conference room at the Municipal Building. Both meetings are open to the public.

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.