Vandalia continues conversion to LED lighting

By Darrell Wacker -

VANDALIA — The City of Vandalia will continue replacing the city’s lighting with LED after the city council approved an agreement with Engergy Optimizers USA for the replacement of indoor, outdoor, and out-building lighting at the Vandalia Recreation Center.

This follows the recent upgrades at the Municipal Building and Fire Station #2.

The cost of the upgrades is $151,135 which is nearly $7,000 below the budgeted amount. The city will make the purchase through the Ohio Council on Educational Purchasing Consortia. The agreement includes a 10-year warranty on materials and a 1-year labor warranty. The upgrade also qualifies the city for $9,102 in rebates from DP&L.

Council also adopted the 2019 pay plan for non-union, full-time and permanent part-time employees. The plan increases the top hourly rate for non-union positions by 2.5% but does not change the beginning hourly rates. The plan also provides no cost of living adjustment in 2019.

Council also voted 6-0, with Council Member Candice Farst absent, to deny an appeal by Vandalia Church of Christ that would allow the former church to retain its sign at 626 W. National Road. The sign, does not conform with the city’s zoning code, was to be removed or brought into compliance with the code once the church discontinues its operation at the location for more than 90 days.

Council approved a variance for Butler High School to erect a new sign on the south side of the building facing E. Alkaline Springs Road.

Council also made the following appointments for 2019:

  • Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission Representative: Mayor Arlene Setzer; Alternate: Assistant City Manager Amber Holloway; Technical Committee Representative: Director of Public Service Rob Cron.
  • First Suburbs Consortium Representatives: Mayor Setzer and Vice Mayor Richard Herbst.
  • Montgomery County Community Improvement Corporation Representative: Mayor Setzer.

During the City Manager’s report, Jon Crusey noted that the city offices will be closed on Monday, January 21 on observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As such, council’s next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

Crusey also noted that the city has completed its leaf collection program for the year. Vandalia residents can take advantage of free Christmas Tree recycling by dropping their tree at the Sports Complex by January 20. Curb service for the disposal of trees is also currently under way.

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.