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  • City to consider legal options with Motown

    Because representatives of Motown Technology & Sports Facility Inc. continue to ignore phone calls and e-mails from Vandalia officials, one alderman believes it’s time to go to a higher power.

    Mike Hobler believes that the city may get some type of response from the Motown group if the sheriff in the group’s home county serves them with some type of legal document.

  • Three teachers cut due to state aid shortfalls

    As a result of state aid shortfalls, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday voted unanimously to honorably dismiss three first-year teachers who had been placed on Reduction In Force (RIF) status.

    Those teachers – Bethany Nave (Pre-K), Annette McClintock (fourth grade) and Robyn DeMoulin (second grade) – were released because funding from the state is delinquent, causing the district to make preparations to drop the Pre-K program in the 2010/11 school year.

  • License for beer garden OK'd, other request is not

    After the Vandalia City Council approved Vandalia Main Street’s request for a one-day liquor license, it chose not to act on a request for a permanent license submitted by an individual planning to open a sandwich shop.

    The council voted 5-3 to OK Main Street’s request for a license that will allow the organization to operate a beer garden during its new SummerFest in July.

  • City to consider legal options with Motown

    The Vandalia City Council decided on Monday to consider its legal options against a Michigan-based firm that says it wants to build a $300-million sports and entertainement complex.

    Alderman Mike Hobler suggested the city consider legal action against Motown Technology because it has failed to make good on a $17,500 bad check, and has also failed to respond to phone calls and e-mails.

    Alderman Larry Bennett agreed, saying the city has been "more than fair" in its dealings with Motown.

  • City OKs temporary liquor license, rejects permanent license request

    In a 5-3 vote, the Vandalia City Council approved on Monday the issuance of a one-day liquor license for a beer garden that Vandalia Main Street plans to operate during its new summer festival.

     

    Also on Monday, a request for a temporary liquor license was denied when none of the aldermen made a motion to vote on that request. Dennis Gates made the request for a sandwich shop he plans to open in the former Quiznos building on Fourth Street between Orchard Street and Fletcher Street.

    For the full story, see this week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • County to look at spending cuts

    The Fayette County Board learned on Tuesday night that school districts are not the only entities not getting money owed to them by the state and having to consider cost-cutting measures.

    Board Chairman Steve Knebel said the board’s finance committee learned just recently from County Treasurer Rose Hoover that the state has not paid state income tax monies to the county since last August.

    What that means is that the county has had to use more of its local tax funds to pay operating expenses, including salaries.

  • Tish responds to Thomason suit

    When Ken Thomason filed a lawsuit alleging that Larry Tish slandered him, Thomason did not make any mention of Tish committing those actions as St. Elmo’s mayor. But, in answering allegations, Tish mentions his role of supervising the city’s police chief.

    Tish filed on Monday in Fayette County Circuit Court a motion seeking dismissal of the suit that Thomason, who was fired as St. Elmo’s police chief, filed in February. He also filed a five-page memorandum supporting that motion.

  • Recycling continues to grow in Fayette County

    Recycling is not a passing fad in Fayette County.

    Area residents quickly latched onto the idea of turning in recyclable materials when the Fayette County Recycling Committee offered its first collection last fall, and participation in the monthly collections has continued to grow.

    “It is really going over strong,” said Karen Sanders of the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District, one of the people who got the recycling efforts off the ground.

  • Health department working on new quarters

    The Fayette County Health Department is moving ahead with plans to renovate the building that will serve as its new home.

    FCHD Administrator Rhonda Andrews told the Fayette County Board on Tuesday night that the department has hired a law firm and architect as it proceeds toward the renovation of the former home of Leo Brown Lumber in Vandalia.

    The health department purchased the building in the 400 block of West Edwards Street in the fall of 2008, and the county approved a 10-year, $400,000 loan to the department for the renovation project.

  • Downtown work scheduled to resume on Monday

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman received confirmation on Thursday that work on the downtown enhancement project is scheduled to resume on Monday.

    Gottman said that Hank's Excavating and Landscaping of Belleville, the general contractor for the work, told him that workers will be back on the job at the beginning of next week, weather permitting.