Vandalia Police to upgrade 911 system

VANDALIA — The Vandalia City Council gave approval to a major upgrade of the city’s 911 system as well as the Division of Police’s computer-aided dispatch and records software on Monday evening.

The upgrade was necessary because the city’s current system, in place since 1997, is no longer supported by AT&T and the hardware has reached its end of live. As such, parts and technical support have been difficult to find.

The new NextGen 911 system will meet state reporting requirements and enable the department to receive text messages to 911 and eventually be able to receive photos and video through text messages.

The cost of the West Safety System’s Viper System is just under $98,000 and has an annual maintenance fee of $17,500.

The police department will also see a major upgrade in computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and records management system as it transitions to Spillman Technologies’ Integrated Public Safety Software package. The software was purchased through the State of Ohio Cooperative Purchasing Program at a cost of $377,086.

Both projects were budgeted capital projects in the 2017 budget.

Council also appointed five individuals to serve on the city’s Zoning Code Update Steering Committee. The committee will work with staff and the city’s consultant Compass Point Planning to review and propose changes to the Zoning Map.

Members are:

  • Corey Follick, Planning Commission Chairman
  • Aaron Hathaway, Vice Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Mike Blakesly, Vandalia City Council Member
  • Scott Buchanan, resident, CEO of Ohio Masonic Home
  • Larry Taylor, resident, Vice President of Beau Townsend Ford

Council also approved a bid for a renovation at Cassel Hills Pool at a cost of $52,443 to Mid-American Gunite Pools out of Erlanger, Kentucky. The project will include plaster and tile work, crack repair, installation of four new skimmers, a spray feature, and the concrete deck.

Mid-American Pools is the same firm that built the pool in 1996.

In other action, the council:

  • Approved the purchase of up to 2,000 tons of highway rock salt at a price of $48.17 per ton through the Southwest Ohio Purchasers for Government (SWOP4G). The price is $8.89 per ton lower than a year ago.
  • Approved a resolution to contract with Andy Brossart of Bradley Payne Advisory for municipal advisor professional services. Brossart has been providing the services and changed firms and the city wishes to continue to utilize his services.
  • Approved a second reading of an ordinance that would allow for a major remodeling of the Burger King on National Road. The remodeling will include indoor and exterior work, replace the existing sign with a free-standing monument sign, and include an outdoor seating area on the National Road side of the structure as well as other landscaping and material enhancements.
  • Approved a first reading of an ordinance that would rezone nearly 34 acres of land on Top Notch Court from Office/Industrial Park to Industrial at the request of CSX Realty Development. The zoning request is consistent with the city’s 2000 Comprehensive Plan’s Future Land Use Map.
  • Approved a re-plat of 43.88 acres of land in the Top Notch Court plat into two lots, one of 10.29 acres and another of 33.59 acres.

During his report, City Manager Jon Crusey noted that city offices will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day. The Recreation Center will be open from 7 a.m. to noon for the fitness area, gymnasium, and track only.

The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, September 5 at 7 p.m. A study session will be held prior to the meeting at a time to be determined. Both meetings are open to the public.

By Darrell Wacker

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