Local News

  • Council delays action on Grubaugh's TIF

    At the recommendation of the city’s legal counsel, the Vandalia City Council has delayed acting on a request for Tax Increment Financing assistance for the renovation of a downtown building exterior wall.
    The council was scheduled to act on a request from Dennis and Debbie Grubaugh for $70,000 in TIF funds to renovate the wall of their building at 507 W. Gallatin St., work that follows the demolition of adjacent buildings last fall.
    Grubaugh, who plans to do the work himself, has estimated the total project cost at $160,000.

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  • Trash pickup changes coming

    A new, six-year contract with the firm currently providing trash pickup for residents of Vandalia includes keeping the current rate for the next two years.
    And when the new contract goes into effect, that company will only be picking up trash containers on streets, and it will be providing those containers.
    The new contract with Doty Sanitation Service, which runs from Aug. 1 of this year through July 31, 2022, calls for the monthly rate to stay at $13.38 for the first two years.

  • County asked to continue Enterprise Zone participation

    Fayette County officials were told on Tuesday that they will be asked to have the county continue its participation in a local Enterprise Zone.
    Luke Eastin, an economic development planner for the South Central Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission, told board members that the Vandalia/Fayette County Enterprise Zone will expire on Dec. 31, 2018, and work is under way to be granted a new Enterprise Zone. Vandalia and Fayette County have been Enterprise Zone partners since 1988.

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  • Vandalism among recycling issues

    It was vandalism, abuse and failure to follow guidelines that spelled doom for the city of Vandalia’s recycling program. The same could also bring an end to electronic recycling in Fayette County.

  • Lions plan to head up downtown work

    The Vandalia Lions Club notified Vandalia officials last week of its plans to head up an effort to improve the appearance of the community’s downtown business district.
    Bill Haselhorst of the Lions Club told the Vandalia City Council that it wants to work with the city’s beautification committee, as well as local businesses and organizations, on such a project.
    That project would, Haselhorst said, include a restoration of the Little Red Caboose. And, hopefully, it would include moving the caboose to a different location.

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  • Two-vehicle accident on Monday

    One driver was injured and the other was ticketed as a result of an accident on Ill. Route 185, half a mile north of Vandalia, early Monday evening.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Robert Lovall, 63, of Vandalia, was traveling north on Route 185 in a 2011 Ford truck shortly after 5 p.m. and had slowed to turn into his driveway. The state police said that Gavin Paradee, 33, of Vandalia, was traveling north in a 1999 Ford truck and failed to notice that Lovall had slowed, striking the Lovall vehicle in the rear.