Vandalia council returns to normal schedule

VANDALIA — The Vandalia City Council resumed its normal schedule on Tuesday evening and addressed a light agenda.

Council has been meeting just once monthly the past three months but will now return to its normal cycle of meeting on the first and third Mondays of the month.

Among items approved was software that will migrate the Division of Police’s date from its current CISCO system to its new records management system that was approved last month.

The $33,000 price tag will be paid for out of the Police-Fire-Street capital fund after other items came in under budget.

Council also approved the purchase of replacement income tax software for the Finance Department. The contract was awarded to Innovative Software Services at a first-year price of $66,264, under the budget of $70,000.

While Innovative’s first year cost was actually the second lowest bid received, its annual maintenance fees are about $2,400 less each year making it the more cost-effective bid over a 4-5 year time span.

Council also approved supplemental appropriations in the general fund of $192,500 of which $90,000 is due to an increase in Tax Incentive Agreement payments and $102,5000 is for payments in the Montgomery County ED/GE program that will be reimbursed by the county.

The Capital Improvement Fund’s appropriation was also bumped by $50,000 to account for a grant in the same amount received by DP&L’s Right Tree Right Place program for improvements at the Vandalia Art Park.

Council also:

  • Approved a variance for a side yard setback at 11470 N. Cassell Road. That home was damaged by fire in 2015 and the residents requested a variance to build a wrap-around porch.
  • Approved a variance for a front yard setback at 162 Mountair Drive. The residents requested a variance for a gabled patio cover that projects seven feet into the 30-foot front yard setback.
  • Denied a variance for an accessory structure in the side yard at 768 Mariclaire Avenue. The structure, which was built without a permit, sits on an existing deck and is located two feet from the home.

During its study session, Council set dates for their 2018 budget review meetings. Those meetings will be held Monday, October 9 from 3 – 5 p.m., Thursday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 17 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The budget review meetings will be held in a place to be announced and are open to the public.

The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, September 18 at 7 p.m. A study session will be held immediately prior to the meeting at a time to be determined. Both meetings are open to the public.

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Software, variances among items on light agenda

By Darrell Wacker

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