VANDALIA — Vandalia will be part of U.S. Bicycle Route 25 after a resolution in support of the route designation passed City Council unanimously.
The route, will encompass the current Great Miami River Trail bikeway and eventually have a route designated between Louisville, KY to Detroit. No construction is involved as the route used bike paths already established.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is asking all jurisdictions to pass a resolution in support before the end of September. ODOT will then have the route signed at no cost to local governments.
“This effort is designed to identify the safest, most scenic place to ride a bike today, and is not intended to identify all the bike improvements we would like to see throughout the state,” said City Manager Jon Crusey in his Friday Letter to Council. “ODOT does not have the funding to build new bike facilities throughout the state.”
In other action, the council also awarded a bid for a a new dump truck body and hydraulic equipment to JW Devers & Son, Inc. at a cost of $24,590. The total cost of the dump truck and all related equipment will be $51,46.
Council also approved a $100,000 donation to the Vandalia Development Corporation in support of three grant proposals. (The Vandalia Drummer News has asked for information on these grants and will follow up with details.)
The Council voted down an ordinance that would have allowed some businesses and industrial lots to have more than one curb opening based on the width of the lot and the speed limit of the street.
At the August 15 meeting, the measure passed to a second reading narrowly on a 4-3 vote. On Tuesday, however, Council Member Candice Farst switched her vote and joined with Members Richard Herbst, Bob Ahlers, and Mayor Arlene Setzer in defeating the ordinance 4-3.
Farst was not available after the meeting for comment due to an executive session.
Just a couple of minutes later, however, Council voted 7-0 to allow a second curb cut at Basic Vitamins located at 300 Corporate Center Dr.
At the August meeting, Herbst said he was back and forth on the ordinance but ultimately felt that each decision should be made individually.
“Over the years I’ve seen variance requests come in for additional curb cuts where sometimes we approve it and sometimes we deny it,” he said on August 15. “I really think it needs to be more of a case by case decision on some of these.”
Council also took action approving the following items:
- A Planned Unit Development (PUD) major amendment to allow a 150 square foot expansion of an existing deck at 80 Clubhouse Way.
- A PUD major amendment to allow Beau Townsend Collision Center to build a storage building at 55 Foley Drive.
- Amendments to the City’s Income Tax Ordinance mandated by the Ohio General Assembly.
The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, September 19 at 7 p.m. A workshop, or discussion meeting, will precede the business 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.