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Main Street is being dissolved

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

Vandalia and its downtown business district will lose a big supporter at the end of this month.
Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s Vandalia City Council meeting that the Vandalia Main Street Program would be dissolved.
The mayor said on Tuesday that the particulars related to the dissolution of the organization – including what happens with property owned by Vandalia Main Street – are currently being worked on.
Formed in 1996, the Vandalia Main Street has completed a number of projects benefiting Vandalia and its downtown business district. Those include the development of Lincoln Park in the 300 block of West Gallatin Street, and the sculpting of an Abraham Lincoln statue that sits in that park.
The program has also contributed the “Paint the Town” program, through which the organization worked with owners of downtown buildings to improve the exterior of those buildings. Volunteers worked on weekends to paint a number of those buildings.
The Vandalia Main Street Program has also sponsored a number of community events, including “Olde Tyme Christmas,” Corn Days and “A Nite at the Races.”