Wright and Schulte law firm eyes former Morton site

City Council authorizes option to purchase site

By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@civitasmedia.com

VANDALIA – The Vandalia City Council authorized City Manager Jon Crusey to enter into a potential sale agreement for the former Morton Middle School property at Monday’s regular meeting.

The law firm of Wright and Schulte has requested an option to purchase the nearly 10 acre site at $40,000 an acre with any proceeds from the sale to be applied to the city’s debt on Stonequarry Crossings. The option is being granted for $5,000 which is nonrefundable.

The option will restrict the development on the site to administrative, business or professional offices, and/or professional services. The option will expire December 31 unless extended.

That property, which sits on the north side of National Road and abuts the Dayton International Airport, reverted to the city as part of an agreement that allowed the new Morton Middle School to be built on Stonequarry Road.

Council also voted to place the amendments to the City Charter on the November ballot as approved by the Charter Review Committee. Those changes are aimed at improving efficiency, modernizing certain sections, and eliminating redundancies and contradictions in the Charter.

The Charter Review Committee met a total of five times and made a formal recommendation to Council in June.

The city should be able to have adequate road salt available this winter after the Council approved the purchase of salt from Compass Minerals American at a price of $67.89 per ton. The bid was through the Southwest Ohio Purchasers for Government purchasing consortium which has 73 members. Compass Minerals American will provide 122,435 tons of salt. Vandalia’s price is $46.61 per ton less than last year, a 41 percent reduction.

In other items, the Council:

  • Approved a bid for the slip lining of sanitary sewers from Miller Pipeline at a price of $124,645.
  • Approved a contribution to the Vandalia Development Corporation. Council authorized $100,000 in funding for 2015, and the contribution approved is for the remaining $50,000.
  • Approved a resolution to waive the formal bidding process for the purchase of 12 mobile radios for the Division of Fire from P&R Communications in the amount of $37,824. The purchase is part of the fire department’s three year plan to upgrade to P25 compliant.
  • Authorized Crusey to apply to the Ohio Public Works Commission for grant monies for the Grosbeck Street Reconstruction project. The total cost of the project is estimated at $415,210 of which the city is requesting 25 percent in grant funds and 25 percent in a low interest loan.
  • Approved the final plat of the Vandalia branch library which creates a lot of nearly 2.5 acres at the corner of Dixie Drive and Scott Avenue for the construction of a new library.
  • Approved the first reading of an ordinance to adopt a new schedule of fees for permits and inspections.
  • An emergency ordinance that issues $4.893 million of notes to refinance the city’s debt related to the construction of the Justice Center, Recreation Center, and improving the Municipal Building.
  • Denied a variance request at 303 Bayonne Drive for a six foot high privacy fence to within 7.5 feet of the building, outside of the code which allows a fence of a maximum of 42 inches from the street to within 15 feet of a building.
  • Approved a conditional use at Warehouse 4 to allow the popular coffee shop to add a drive through on the south side of its building with several conditions.
  • Received a bill listing of $2.88 million for May and $3.25 million for June.

The Vandalia City Council will continue on its summer schedule in August and meet on August 17. The workshop will begin at 6 p.m. and the regular meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.

City Council authorizes option to purchase site

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.