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  • City committee supports budget revisions, water rate increase

    A number of revisions to the city of Vandalia's budget for the current fiscal year will take effect on Tuesday following a committee meeting on Tuesday.

    At a meeting on Tuesday evening, the council’s personnel, finance and insurance committee also recommended that the council vote on an increase in water rates.

    However, that committee ¬ – after meeting in closed session for about an hour ¬– voted not to recommend that the council consider at this time furlough days for city employees.

  • Progress on U.S. Route 51 expansion plans explained

    It will still be some time before Fayette County residents will see U.S. Route 51 being expanded to four lanes, but they do now have a better idea of where the four lanes will run.

    At public meetings last week, Illinois Department of Transportation officials and representatives of Clark Dietz Inc., a Champaign engineering firm partnering with IDOT on the Route 51 expansion, presented preliminary alignments showing the likely paths of the four-lane roadway.

  • City looks at budget-cutting measures

    Vandalia officials were saying through the early part of this year that despite a sagging economy nationally, the city was still seeing strong retail sales tax numbers.

    That picture changed later in the year, however, and it is one of the factors causing city officials to look at some budget-tightening measures in the new fiscal year.

    In fact, they are working with department heads and city aldermen to make some cuts in the current budget year, which ends next April.

  • FCH Auxiliary Crafts Bazaar on Saturday moved to FCH

    The Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary has moved its fall Crafts Bazaar this Saturday to the conference room at Fayette County Hospital.

    The bazaar will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • BREAKING NEWS-Mayor's dismissal of police chief stands

    A 3-3 vote by the St. Elmo City Council at a special meeting on Thursday night means that Mayor Larry Tish’s dismissal of Ken Thomason from the chief of police position stands.

    About 240 city residents were on hand for the meeting, which was moved from the Phillips Building to the St. Elmo Elementary School because of the size of the crowd.

    At the close of the meeting, which lasted about an hour, aldermen Chris Worman and Mike McCall, and Tish, voted to uphold Thomason’s dismissal.

  • St. Elmo council uphold mayor's decision

    A 3-3 vote by the St. Elmo City Council at a special meeting on Thursday night means that Mayor Larry Tish’s dismissal of Ken Thomason from the chief of police position stands.

    About 240 city residents were on hand for the meeting, which was moved from the Phillips Building to the St. Elmo Elementary School because of the size of the crowd. About a dozen area police officers checked everyone with handheld metal detectors as they entered the building.

  • State late on school payments

    After receiving the first installment of local tax monies, the Vandalia Community School District’s financial picture is considerably brighter. However, uncertainty about state funding continues to cloud the district’s financial outlook — its payments to the district are about four months late.

  • City will pay for damages to downtown florist

    The Vandalia City Council was asked on Monday night to take care of what city officials expect to be the last of unwelcome surprises related to the downtown streetscape project.

    While tearing out the sidewalk on the south side of the 400 block of Gallatin Street, workers learned that part of the foundation of Something Special Florist was setting on that sidewalk.

    “They tore out part of the foundation when tearing out the sidewalk,” Something Special owner Donelle Conaway told the city council.

  • Fate of St. Elmo police chief will be determined on Thursday

    About 80 vehicles, ranging in size from compact cars to a road grader, paraded through St. Elmo on Monday night. There to greet each of the vehicles on Main Street was Ken Thomason, the man for whom the parade was held.

    That parade was organized by Dale Sperry as a way of showing community support for Thomason, who was deposed as chief of police by Mayor Larry Tish last Wednesday.

  • White goods will be accepted at recycling collection on Saturday

    The committee that has been working to maintain and increase recycling opportunities for Vandalia area residents received some good news as it prepared for this Saturday’s collection.

    Committee members learned at their recent meeting that a Vera resident has agreed to haul off white goods, including refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves, free of charges.

    They also learned that First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey and Patoka has agreed to let the committee use the former Twisters building off of Veterans Avenue in Vandalia as a collection site.