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  • 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.

  • State bar association donates Lincoln books to Evans Library

    Local residents interested in learning about the most-famous person to ever walk the streets of Vandalia have a new resource.

    The Illinois State Bar Association presented to Evans Public Library on Monday a four-volume set of books about Abraham Lincoln’s work as an attorney in Illinois.

    Presenting the books to Evans Librarian Jessica Blain, Mark Hassakis said that Lincoln’s law career was an important part of his life.

  • City to require inspection of burned building

    Even after hearing three officials say they believe that a building gutted by fire last month should come down, the Vandalia City Council decided to have an expert look at the building before deciding that building's fate.

    Mayor Rick Gottman and the council agreed to require that Dennis Gerkin have a structural engineer inspect the former home of his State Farm agency within two weeks.

  • City asking Morani to help after his departure

    Jimmy Morani attended his final regular meeting of the Vandalia City Council as the city administrator on Monday, but he may be helping the city on some level after his departure in the middle of this month. 

  • All of Gallatin Street now open

     After the painting of traffic lanes and parking spaces was completed on Friday, the final block of the Gallatin Street improvement project was open to traffic.

    The work on Friday essentially marked the completion of the project about one year after work on the downtown business began and about two months ahead of schedule.