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Updating public safety vehicles, including a new tanker truck for the fire department topped discussion at the Monday night, March 15, meeting of the Vandalia City Council.
Upon the recommendation of Fire Chief Mark Meadows and his assistant chiefs, the Vandalia City Council approved a bid from Mac’s Fire and Safety of Litchfield, in the amount of $592,929 for a new pumper/tanker truck, to be manufactured by KME Fire Apparatus. The new truck will hold 2500 gallons.
Delivery is to bemade within 435 days or less from receipt of the contract.
The tanker being replaced will be checked for any needed repairs and is planned to be sold.
In looking at financing interest rates, the council decided to go with Bank of Hillsboro, who gave a quote of 1.99 percent.
The council also approved Police Chief Jeff Ray with the task of securing bids for a new squad car from both Hosick Motors and Hecht Chevrolet. The purchase is included in this year’s budget. The new vehicle will replace a 2007 Chevrolet Impala.
Mayor Ricky Gottman told the council as a matter of information only that he had recently received many complaints of the increase in fuel prices within the city. He said that in trying to contact many of the corporate offices he was being ignored.
Gottman mentioned that several nearby towns have fuel prices considerably lower than Vandalia.
In other business, the council:
• approved the closure of Fourth Street, between Main and Gallatin, on May 29, to accommodate a private wedding. It was mentioned due to COVID restrictions, all guests would not fit on the Statehouse lawn, and that a reception would follow at Charters Patio;
• appointed Sally Emerick to the Police Pension Board;
• transferred three lake lots;
• approved contract extensions with two local realtors;
• accepted the resignation of Police Officer Brad Ledbetter, effective May 16, and approved the Police Commission to move forward to find a replacement. It was reported there are two candidataes on the list, one from out of town, listed first, and a relative of Officer Ledbetter, in the second slot on the list;
• heard reports from the mayor on current and potential new businesses within the city;
• Gottman also passed along a complaint to Chief Ray from a resident about traffic patterns at Orchard and Eighth Streets;
• heard the city will receive $825,000 plus in COVID relief funds, which must be used, for the most part, for infrastructure within the city;
• heard that nominations are now being accepted for the Small Business Award by the city;
• heard the Farmers Market will be expanding across Gallatin Street on Fourth this year,
• was informed by Russ Stunkel the lake is completing work and is nearing an opening date;
• heard from Bret Brosman that there were four requests for water adjustments due to broken water pipes;
• heard Andy Lester praise Zac Kopp for his job as code enforcer, and
• heard Steve Barker praise the street department for their hard work in filling potholes.