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  • City OKs furlough days for all full-time employees

     In completing one of his final duties as Vandalia’s city administrator, Jimmy Morani drew up a budget that included wage freezes for city employees. Instead of those freezes, the new budget will include furlough days.

  • School district approves more cuts

     Though Superintendent Rich Well characterized the Vandalia Community School District’s current financial condition as “firm” and “solid,” the looming state financial crisis resulted in the district board making further cuts for the coming fiscal year.

  • City sets deadline for cleanup of fire remains

     Vandalia officials have agreed to accept a structural engineer’s recommendations on a building damaged by the Feb.

  • County, city help Rural King with move

     The Fayette County Board and Vandalia City Council took action within the past week to help Rural King move from its current home into the former Orgill building.

    The county board voted last Thursday to allow the county to serve as a vehicle for a revenue bond issue, and the city council approved two zoning issues on Monday night.

  • Council OKs furlough days

     In completing one of his final duties as Vandalia’s city administrator, Jimmy Morani drew up a budget that included wage freezes for city employees. Instead of those freezes, the new budget will include furlough days.

    The city council approved on Monday night memorandums of understanding through which Laborers’ Local No. 111, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 111 and the Vandalia Police Telecommunicators agreed to take furlough days.

  • County takes action to help Rural King

    The Fayette County Board approved on Thursday a resolution designed to help Rural King move into the former Orgill building in Vandalia.

    The resolution designates the county as a recovery zone, which allows the county to take advantage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009.

    Because of that action, the county can act as an agent for revenue bonds that will help Rural King move into its new home.

  • Engineer says half of Gerkin building OK

    A structural engineer said on Wednesday morning that he believes that about half of a building damaged by a February fire can be salvaged.

    Andy Fendrich of Fendrich Engineering in Springfield visited the site of the Feb. 23 fire about a week and a half after Vandalia officials mandated that a structural engineer look at the building that housed Dennis Gerkin Jr.’s State Farm Insurance agency.

  • Rural King plans move into former Orgill home

    The Vandalia Planning Commission has supported an ordinance change that will allow Rural King to move its Vandalia store into a new home.

    The commission’s endorsement of that change also fills a large warehouse building that has been unused since last fall.

    The commission unanimously voted to recommend that the city council approve a planned unit development overlay on property currently bearing a light industrial zoning designation.

    The commission also approved a preliminary site plan submitted by Rural King.

  • City mandates inspection of fire-damaged building

    The city has given the owner of a building heavily damaged by a major fire in Vandalia’s downtown business district two weeks to find out whether any of the structure can be saved.

    It also pushed for the timely cleanup of two other buildings that were destroyed by that fire in the early morning hours of Feb. 23.

  • City fine-tunes budget for three hours

    City officials worked for three hours on a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes cuts in most departments.

    And, at least for the time being, that new budget includes wage freezes for city employees for six months.

    It also does not include remediation work that would get the city’s new raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River operable.

    Monday’s meeting, which was attended by about 20 city employees, kicked off with City Administrator Jimmy Morani explaining the proposed cuts, department by department.