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.
At its current location, the city parking lot at the southwest corner of Fifth and Johnson streets, the caboose is not prominently displayed, Haselhorst said.
The club is also interested in creating a museum to document the importance of the railroad to Vandalia.
Haselhorst also told the city council that one possible way of dressing up the downtown that is being kicked around is painting murals on the exterior of some downtown buildings. Those murals would honor the community’s heritage, he said.
To create the murals, those participating in the downtown project could bring in The Walldogs, a group of mural painters from across the country that come together once a year. The Walldogs will be in Marshall the week of June 22-26 to create murals in that community.
The Lions Club plans to give more information on its plans at the beginning of next month.

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