Vandalia trash, water rates to rise

VANDALIA — The Vandalia City Council voted to renew its trash and recycling contract with Rumpke at Monday’s meeting. The five-year deal will set curbside pick up rates at $10.83 and curbside recycling at $1.95 in 2017 for a monthly fee of $12.78, an increase of 51 cents per month.

Under the terms of the contract, city residents will no longer be required to purchase yard waste bags. Yard waste will now be able to be placed in the refuse container or put in regular trash bags on the regular collection day.

Full video of the meeting is available here:

Council also approved a change in water and sewer rates for 2017. Water rates are being increased by an average of 11 percent in 2017 while sewer rates for the wastewater treatment only are being decreased by an average 9.5 – 10 percent.

Those changes mean a customer using the minimum bill of up to 2,500 gallons will see an increase of $1 per month and a customer using up to 7,500 gallons per month will see an increase of around $1.60 per month.

The adjustments are being made due to long-range projections in the city’s Water Fund that will not be able to support capital improvements past 2021. The Sewer Fund, however, is well above its target fund balance and is projected to increase over the next five years. The adjustment was made to both balance the funds and minimize the impact on customers.

Future adjustments in 2019 and 2021 will be evaluated by the council at the appropriate time.

The Hot Air Balloon Lounge received narrow approval for a covered patio at its location at 400 E. National Road. The ordinance passed its second reading 4-3 with Council Members David Lewis, David Gerhard, Bob Ahlers, and Mike Blakesly voting Yes and Richard Herbst, Candice Farst, and Mayor Arlene Setzer voting No. That vote occurred after a motion to deny the patio failed a 3-4 vote.

Council approved the patio with the condition that the applicant provides a plexi-glass type bugger on the side that is adjacent to the KFC drive-thru.

In other action, council approved:

  • Conversion of $2,114 in funds in the Fire Equipment Fund that covers the amount of a new fire engine not covered by financing of $480,000 in bond anticipation notes.
  • Appropriations for calendar year 2017 in the amount of $43.2 million.
  • Participatory legislation with the Ohio Department of Transportation regarding the milling and resurfacing of portions of the Airport Access Road.

The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. A council workshop will be held prior to the meeting at a time to be determined.

By Darrell Wacker

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.