Mayor gives info on property at Eighth and Veterans

As Vandalia’s mayor updated council members on the downtown demolition project on Monday, he also reported on another project, one on the city’s north side.
Gottman told aldermen that the company leasing the property at the southwest corner of Eighth Street and Veterans Avenue from Larry Mabry has bought out the lease and turned the property back over to Mabry.
Underground tanks have been removed from that location, which has housed a gas station/convenience store for many years, but the structure and sign poles will remain, Gottman said, adding that Mabry will continue to lease the property.
In other action on Monday:
• The council voted to increase the number of Class H liquor licenses from one to two.
That change allows Gottman, as the city’s liquor commissioner, to issue a license for the sale of beer and wine at Lorenzo’s Pizza and Pasta, located at the northeast corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Gallatin Street.
Also on the agenda was the issuance of a Class A liquor license to Maranatha Cripe for The Cork, adjacent to Maranatha’s Salon and Spa.
That license allows the sale of beer and wine, as well as the operation of gaming devices.
As is the case with Lorenzo’s, council action was not required for the issuance of a license to Cripe.
• The council approved the repair of a lift station pump at the wastewater treatment plant. Vandevanter Engineering of Decatur submitted a proposal of $12,740.18, and Alderman Ken Hubler said that the cost may increase by an additional $1,000 due to another part being needed.
Gottman said the pump is 27 years old, and that the cost to replace it is $35,000.
• The council approved a new agreement with World Economic Development Alliance for assistance with recruiting and retaining business, as well as marketing services.
The cost is $5,700, and the fee includes representation at four trade shows.
• The council approved a new agreement with Buxton Co., through which the company will provide demographic and mapping information the city uses in its economic development efforts.
The city will pay Buxton $20,000 for its services.
• The council approved the transfer of two lake lots from the city to Richard Powell (lot 311) and Seth Powell (lot 312), both of Brownstown.
• The council authorized Police Chief Jeff Ray to hire a part-time telecommunicator for the police department, and Alderman Russ Stunkel reported that Ray had hired Sara Milburn for the vacancy created by the retirement of Dan Conder.

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