Council OKs remapping of Vandalia Lake lots

A week after the chairman of the Vandalia Lake Committee recommended renumbering the lots at Vandalia Lake, the city council has OK’d a remapping.
At a meeting of the lake committee last week, Alderman Mike Hobler, the chairman of the committee, said that he would like to see the lake lots renumbered, so they are in numerical order.
The benefits of that, Hobler said, include helping emergency personnel to locate a specific lot when called to the lake.
Also at that committee meeting, Melinda Garrison, a city employee who works on lake lot leases, said that she would also like to have those leasing lots to display their lot numbers.
“Some do and some don’t,” Hobler said.
“Some of them don’t even know their lot number,” Garrison said.
Mayor Rick Gottman reported at that meeting that the county’s E911 coordinator, Kevin Jenne, said that some roads on the north side of the lake need to be given names.
Gottman recommended that one of those roads be named after Don Funk, a lake resident who was a longtime member of the lake committee.
At Monday’s meeting, the city council voted to pay Hurst-Rosche Inc. $3,100 to create a new lake lease lot map.
Under the contract, the engineering firm will use the existing lake and lease lot map, updated in 1996, along with subsequent information from the city and an aerial map from the Fayette County Supervisor of Assessment’s Office.
The initial map with aerial physical features identified will be taken to the lake and lease lot lines and numbers identified and sketched on the map for transfer to the computer-aided design and drafting document.
Also at Monday’s meeting, the council approved the low bid of Smith Backhoe Service for the demolition of houses at 308 and 312 N. Fifth St.
Other bidders were: Draege’s bid of $5,782 for each house; Grubaugh Contracting, $10,250 for both; and Gathe Farms, $10,990 for both.
The council also approved the low bid for the replacement of concrete at the intersection of Eighth Street and Janett Avenue.
Precise Construction Services submitted the low bid of $32,093.75. Other bidders were: Sheldon Schulte Construction, $34,760; Austin Concrete and Excavation, $46,491.50; and Grubaugh Contracting, $72.249.45.
The council also approved the purchase of an SUV for the police department and a deposit on a truck for the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department.
The city is purchasing a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe for $36,980 from Arthur Young Inc. in Vandalia. The Young bid was the only one received; Police Chief Jeff Ray told aldermen at an earlier meeting that Dodge is between years in producing its comparable SUV, Durango.
The council also approved a payment of $7,220 to Whiteside Communications of Sorento for equipment, including lights and siren, for the Tahoe.
Aldermen also approved Gottman’s recommendation to put down a 5-percent deposit down on a new equipment truck for the fire department. The new truck, a 4×4 2005 GMC diesel truck built as a rescue truck, is being sold by a department in Virginia, which has set a purchase price at $49,200.
The department had expressed interest in another truck, which was more expensive with more miles, but that truck has been sold.
The deposit allows members of the department to go to Virginia to look at the truck and bring it here if it meets their approval.
Also at Monday’s meeting:
• The council approved the transfer of Vandalia Lake lot No. 308 from the city to Lloyd and Kathy Forson of Ramsey and lot No. 311 from the city to Misty Ulmer of Vandalia.
• The council voted to ask the Illinois Department of Transportation to allow the closure of Gallatin Street from Third Street to Sixth Street from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 16.
On that day, the Vandalia Bicentennial Committee plans to hold a Community Dinner.
LaTisha Paslay, the city administrator and member of that committee, said the committee will be asking local restaurants to participate in the fundraising for the city’s bicentennial in 2019.
• The council approved the hiring of Kevin Schultz as a seasonal employee at the lake.
• Gottman reported that Duffy & Associates now owns all three tobacco stores, and that they have told him that they plan to continue operating all three locations.
• The council observed a moment of silence for the sister of city Building Official Dan Barenfanger.

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