VANDALIA — The City of Vandalia will be joining the Montgomery County Regional Radio Council as the city and county upgrade to the new P25 digital radio system known as MARCS. That system will allow public safety agencies all throughout Ohio to use radios on the same platform.
MARCS stands for Multi-Agency Radio Communication System.
The county will oversee the operation of the radio system and the Montgomery County Sheriff will be responsible for its staffing. The system will handle all routine and emergency radio communications, but will not replace the city’s current dispatch center. The Vandalia Division of Police will continue to dispatch locally.
The cost of the system is $20 per month, per radio which, at approximately 120 radios in the city, will cost the city around $28,800 per year. However, $20,000 of that cost will annually be offset by a lease agreement for an antenna to be placed on the Attica Water Tower.
Vandalia Mayor Arlene Setzer presented a proclamation declaring Wednesday, Sept. 9 as Vandalia VFW Post 9582 Day in recognition of the post recently being designated as an All-State Post by the VFW of the United States.
“Vandalia VFW Post 9582 serves as a shining example of the good that can be accomplished by an organization of dedicated and caring members,” said Setzer.
The post received the All-State designation for excelling in four core programs of Americanism, Community Service, Voice of Democracy, and Hospital.
The Council also approved a measure that would amend a judgment order stemming for a 1997 lawsuit between the city and Cedarbrook Development, LLC that involved the development of a 43 acre tract of land at the northeast corner of Dixie Drive and I-70.
In that case, U.S. District Judge Walter Rice artificially divided the land into four tracts. One tract is where Hearth and Home of Vandalia currently sits and another tract is where Timberlake Apartments sit.
There has been ongoing discussions regarding development of the northern part of a 21.4 acre tract and whether an assisted living facility is a permitted use. The amended judgment order approved Tuesday specifies that an assisted living facility is a permitted use of the land.
During the council’s study session prior to the business meeting, City Manager Jon Crusey said that no development is imminent, but the owners of the land wanted to have the permitted use added to the judgment order “in order to make the property more marketable.”
In other action, the council approved:
- An extension of time for the construction of sidewalks for eight lots in Brown School Woods, Section 4
- Authorized Crusey to amend the real estate option for Independent Can, Corp. to purchase 5.5 acres adjacent to the plant in Stonequarry Crossings. The purchase option will be extended to December 31, 2016.
- Approved the re-plat of lots 1 and 12 at Stonequarry Crossings into one 4.673 acre lot to accommodate a 15,000 square foot addition at Manufactured Assemblies Corporation.
- Approved a re-plat of two parcels of land to create one lot at 7425 Webster Street to accommodate a 15,000 square foot addition to Stolle Machinery. The project will relocate 40 jobs to Vandalia and create a projected 40 more jobs over three years.
- Authorized Crusey to enter into a labor counsel agreement with Denlinger, Rosenthal, and Greenberg. The city has used the firm for approximately 10 years, but the annual cost of those services is now above the $10,000 threshold that requires a formal agreement.
- Approved an ordinance in its first reading to revise appropriations for current expenses in the amount of $95,220 for the general fund, $6,000 for the indigent driver’s fund for alcohol monitoring devices, and $2,152 for the golf fund to account for a project at the golf course reimbursed by the Vandalia Rotary Club.
In addition, the council received a bill listing for August in the amount of $5,613488.56. Expenditures over $50,000 included:
- JEDD and JEDZ tax collections to Butler Township
- Tax collections for Brookville, Clayton, Union, and West Milton
- Milcon Concrete for extension of Fieldstone Way in Stonequarry Crossings
- Water, trash, and wastewater services
- Retirement contributions
- State of Ohio appropriations for street projects
- Health insurance claims and and administrative fees
- US Bank for the payment of bond notes
- Vandalia Development Corp donation
The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 21 at 7 p.m. A study session will be held immediately prior to the meeting at a time to be announced. Both meetings are open to the public.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.