Council amends city’s sign code

Planning and Zoning Code updates occuring in coming months

By Darrell Wacker -

VANDALIA — The Vandalia City Council also gave final approval to an ordinance to amend the city’s zoning code regarding directional and instructional signs on Monday evening.

Currently the city only allows two signs per driveway that are three feet high and three square feet in area. The new code will allow two directional signs in the Industrial District up to nine square feet if the two signs are combined.

Sign variance requests have been common over the past few years, and that prompted city staff and the Planning Commission to review the city’s code.

One such request, for signs at Superior Abrasives in Stonequarry Crossings, was denied on Monday on a 6-1 vote with Council Member Dave Gerhard opposed. The request had been tabled in February pending the amendments to the city’s code regarding sign regulations.

The signs at Superior Abrasives still won’t fit into the amended code and are also constructed in the right-of-way which will require they be relocated. Both reasons were cited as reasons for denial of the company’s request.

Council also approved a bid for the repair of the Recreation Center’s aquatic slide tower and support columns and replacement of the stair railing. The contract, which will cost $114,650, was awarded to Fryman-Kuck General Contractors of Dayton. Fryman-Kuck was the only bidder despite five companies attending the pre-bid meeting.

The project is $13,450 over the budgeted amount which will be covered by three other capital projects that have come in under bid.

In other action, council:

  • Authorized City Manager Jon Crusey to enter into an agreement with Compass Point Planning, LLC for professional planning services associated with amending and/or revising the city’s Planning and Zoning Code. Compass Point Planning’s proposal will cost $75,884 which includes a four-step process to update and rewrite the city’s Code. The updates are expected to be ready for adoption in late 2017 or early 2018.
  • Approved an amendment to a Planned Unit Development at 117 S. Dixie Drive to allow the construction of a six-foot privacy fence.
  • Declared multiple items as surplus and authorized the disposal of the items as allowed by law.
  • Granted an extension of time to build sidewalks on certain lots in the Foxfire subdivision. Public Works Director Rob Cron noted that three lots had been completed since the last extension in 2016.
Planning and Zoning Code updates occuring in coming months

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.