Vandalia enters mutual aid agreement with Dayton

VANDALIA — The City of Vandalia will be entering into an automatic mutual aid agreement with the City of Dayton for the area being developed at National Road and Concorde Drive.

The city will provide fire and limited EMS from Fire Station #1 on Peter’s Pike which is the closest first responder since the Airport Fire Department is committed to the airport per FAA regulations.

In return, Dayton will provide access to Dayton’s active fire hydrants on W. National Road which provides a permanent water supply for development west of Airport Access Road.

Video of Monday’s meeting can be seen here:

The Vandalia City Council also approved $168,598 for the city’s planned server upgrade project. The project was bid the the Ohio Cooperative Purchasing Program and came in well under the $200,000 budgeted amount.

Council also changed language in its Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual to reflect changes required by the Affordable Care Act. Previously, health care benefits were restricted to full-time employees and permanent part-time employees hired prior to October 1, 2002.

Under the Affordable Care Act, eligibility for health care benefits is primarily based on the number of hours worked per week.

Ordinances passed in their first reading included repealing Chapter 810 of the city’s Codified Ordinances pertaining to the regulation of Amusement Devices. Staff recommended repealing because “the cost and burden of administering this licensing and fee requirement on amusement devices far outweighs any benefits derived from the revenue it generates,” according to City Manager Jon Crusey in his Friday Letter dated Dec. 2, 2016.

Amusement Devices are defined as “a mechanical device which, upon the insertion of a coin of slug, operates or may be operated for use as a game, contest or amusement of any description, or which may be used for any game, contest or amusement, excluding gambling devices or devices giving free games. This includes all kinds and types of drawing devices and punch boards.”

Another ordinance passing a first reading was an amendment to Chapter 882 pertaining to Hotel/Motel tax. The ordinance added additional definitions; specify who is exempt from paying this tax; spell out record keeping requirements; specify who is liable for collecting and paying this tax; detail how unpaid taxes will be collected; impose penalty and interest for delinquent accounts; and permit the Finance Director to adopt rules and regulations for the administration and enforcement of this chapter.

Also, appropriations for 2016 were revised for year-end clean up purposes.

Ordinances approved in their second reading included:

  • 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.
  • 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.

During his report Crusey noted that members of the Butler High School Honor Society will be distributing the city’s Annual Report/Calendar to every residence and business on Saturday, Dec. 17. In exchange for their work, the group will be presented with a contribution from the city to their scholarship fund.

The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. A study session will be held immediately prior to the meeting at a time to be determined.

City of Vandalia

Holiday Schedule

Friday, Dec. 23 – City offices closed

Monday, Dec. 26 – City offices closed

Monday, Jan. 2 – City offices closed

Tuesday, Jan. 3 – City Council Meeting, 7 p.m.

Vandalia Recreation Center

Saturday, Dec. 24: 7 a.m. to noon (fitness area, track, gym only)

Christmas Day – Closed

Saturday, Dec. 31: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New Years Day – Closed

Vandalia Mayor Arlene Setzer presided over Monday’s Vandalia City Council meeting. Mayor Arlene Setzer presided over Monday’s Vandalia City Council meeting. City of Vandalia photo

By Darrell Wacker



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