Council OKs two demolitions

Having expressed a desire in the past year to step up efforts to demolish dilapidated buildings, Vandalia aldermen approved two such projects on Monday.
The city council accepted the low bids for demolition projects on Shelby Avenue and South Seventh Street.
Dwayne Barker of Brownstown, with a bid of $3,750, was approved for demolition of a house at 119 S. Shelby Ave., and the council accepted the bid of $8,500 from Environmental Audits and Consultants of Brownstown for a demolition project at 604 S. Seventh St.
Barker and EAC were two of three bidders for both projects, the other being Razmus Demolition Services of Chrisman.
As the council has discussed tearing down dilapidated buildings in the past, Mayor Rick Gottman has explained that it’s a lengthy legal process. Code Official Keith Meadows told aldermen that the city has been struggling with a resolution to the property on Shelby Avenue for eight or nine years.
Also at Monday’s meeting:
• The council approved an agreement with Moran Economic Development through which the Edwardsville firm will continue to provide audit services for the city’s Tax Increment Financing program, at a cost of $1,800.
• The city approved the transfer of Vandalia Lake lot No. 48 from Cliff Lamb of rural Vandalia to Gary Plum of Vandalia.
• The council agreed to ask the Illinois Department of Transportation to allow the closure of Gallatin Street downtown for four events:
-Vandalia Community High School homecoming parade, Friday, Sept. 26.
-Grande Levée and Harvest Festival, Saturday, Oct. 4.
-Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween Parade, Thursday, Oct. 30.
-Vandalia Rotary Club’s Christmas Parade, Saturday, Dec. 6.
• Alderman Russ Stunkel commended Jean Stombaugh and her crew of volunteers for their work along the Lincoln Loop Walking Trail, and Stombaugh for her work at Lincoln Park on Gallatin Street.
• Stunkel asked Gottman about the status of several properties, including the former Walmart building on Veterans Avenue.
Gottman said that at least parties have offered to purchase the property, but property owner Stan Kroenke has declined all offers.
• Stunkel also asked Gottman about the status on the Little Red Caboose project, through which the family of one of the youths who vandalized the caboose agreed to make repairs and have the youth perform community service.
Gottman said that all he could report is that the family has asked for the key to the caboose, so they can get inside the rail car.
• The council observed a moment of silence for James Brady, a Centralia native who served as the press secretary for President Ronald Reagan until being shot during an attempt on Reagan’s life.
• Gottman reported that the city’s revenue from local gaming machines from May-June totaled $27,587.21. Last year’s revenues totaled $46,507.54.

Leave a Comment