VANDALIA — Fireworks erupted at the Vandalia City Council meeting on Monday night as resident Jack Froschauer lambasted the council for offering City Manager Jon Crusey a contract renewal after his latest annual review.
The comments came at the beginning of a lengthy agenda.
Froschauer’s biggest area of criticism is what he views as lack of progress in reducing truck traffic on National Road.
“The truck issue continues to be a problem,” said Froschauer. “I am more likely sick of fooling around with this than all of you. Two years later, no remedy. Six months ago you authorized $16,000 for a consultant, still nothing, and now I see in the city manager evaluation that you instruct Mr. Crusey to fix it sometime soon. Are you kidding me? Really? Either he doesn’t want to get rid of the trucks, doesn’t know how, or just could care less.”
Froschauer went on to criticize Crusey and claimed that the evaluation “is an apology for Jon.”
Council Member Bob Ahlers cut Froschauer off
“I don’t think we need a public lynching of our city manager,” Ahlers said. If you would like to talk to us in private you are more than welcome to.”
“It’s a public document,” responded Froschauer. “You passed it 7 to 0.”
“I’ve seen your emails,” shot back Ahlers. “Three-fourths of the stuff you talk about isn’t true.”
“Well, I’d watch myself, there, Bob,” Froschauer responded.
Ahlers was quick with a reply.
“You better watch yourself because you are quoting salaries which is untrue, its not correct, other information is semi-accurate, so we understand you Jack. You’ve been with us quite some time and had discussions. I think you are carrying it a bit too far tonight.”
Mayor Arlene Setzer stepped in and gave Froschauer an opportunity to summarize his remarks, but he declined.
“I think I’ll leave it right there,” said Froschauer.
At the end of the meeting, Vice Mayor David Lewis commented on Froschauer’s remarks.
“Against my better judgement, I’m going to comment on some statements made earlier tonight,” said Lewis. “Inasmuch as I really truly believe criticism of this body or of the city is healthy for the organization and healthy for us, I thought the comments went beyond that and bordered on a personal denigration of an individual and/or individuals and I believe that is unhealthy and its not appreciated. I would hope in the future public comments will not be personal but address policy issues.”
Resident Richard Long also addressed council and asked them to push for a crosswalk at Stonequarry Road and Peters Pike for students walking to Morton Middle School. He also asked the council to work with Montgomery County and Butler Township to get a sidewalk built between the Vandalia Recreation Center and Peters Pike.
“I’m worried someone is going to get hit,” said Long. “There are already push-button signals there and its a shame we can’t get lines down. For the kids sake it would be well worth the while.”
City Manager Jon Crusey told Long that he had just talked with incoming Superintendent Rob O’Leary and Township Administrator Erika Vogel last week.
“We all recognize the need to get sidewalks to both middle schools,” said Crusey.
He noted that cooperation from the county is needed as Stonequarry Road is a county road.
Prior to moving to resolutions, Crusey reminded council that city offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. The Recreation Center will be open 7 a.m. to noon for the fitness area, track, and gymnasium only.
The city will operate on normal business hours on Monday, July 3.
During the business section of the meeting, the council passed several ordinances and resolutions. Highlights saw the council:
- Name the Vandalia Recreation Center after former Police Chief and City Manager Bruce Sucher. (See related story on page 1 of this edition of the Vandalia Drummer News.)
- Donating a 1979 fire truck to the Miami Valley Career Technology fire program. The engine was recently replaced and the city has tried to sell it on GovDeals twice with no success.
- Authorized Crusey to enter into contract with Standard Life Insurance company for stop-loss coverage on its health insurance plan. The city’s maximum cost for the 2017-18 plan year is $2,472,723.
- Purchase three Motorola portable radios for the Division of Fire at a cost of $15,331.29.
- Authorized the purchase of audio equipment to upgrade the council chamber sound system at a cost of $11,595.55.
- Entered into a Montgomery County Economic Development/Government Equity agreement with the county related to a $50,000 grant for the relocation of C2G from Moraine to Vandalia. The move will bring at least 125 jobs to the city.
- Dissolved the Capital Improvement Reserve Fund and transferred $656,283.89 to the city’s General Fund. $250,000 of that will be transferred to the Facilities Improvement Fund for a future Public Works facility per council’s direction during the 2017 budget review sessions.
- Authorized the issue of Bond Anticipation Notes to refinance the remaining debt for land and infrastructure due to the 2006 purchase for Stonequarry Crossings. Land sales will allow the city to pay $525,000 toward the principal balance and thus issue notes in the amount of $1.514 million.
- Authorized the issue of Bond Anticipation Notes related to the 1996 bonds issued to build the Recreation Center, Justice Center, and Municipal Building renovations. The city will pay $817,000 towards principal and reissue notes in the amount of $3.259 million.
- Denied the rezoning of nearly 5.5 acres of land owned by CSX at the northeast corner of I-75 and Northwoods Boulevard from Office/Industrial Park to Highway Business. The Planning Commission had unanimously recommended denial.
- Approved a PUD Final Development Plan for lot three at the “40 West” development on the former site of Morton Middle School. The 8,000 square foot building will house two tenants with local dentist Dr. Thomas Volk being the primary tenant.
- Approved a boundary adjustment between Vandalia and the City of Dayton to place a 1.1432 acre parcel on the north side of National Road between Airport Access Road and Concorde Drive in Dayton city limits. Dayton will pay Vandalia $34,296 for the parcel and the boundary will now be along National Road.
Due to the late hour, the council opted to postpone an executive session planned for Monday to discuss the purchase of real property and the performance of Mr. Crusey. The council will hold a special meeting adjourning to executive session on Thursday, July 6 at 6 p.m.
The council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. A study session will be held prior to the meeting at a time to be announced. Both meetings are open to the public.
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