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The Vandalia City Council passed many resolutions and ordinances allocating money for needed city repairs, and TIF grants to two businesses at its meeting Monday night, July 19.
At the meeting, the council approved two Tax Increment Finance grants, one to Radliff Properties in the amount of $21,956, and Marvin Garden Properties, in the amount of $38,142.50. The Radliff work will entail work on the roof, as well as fire and smoke alarm installation and interior sprinkler system and façade work at 324 and 330 West Gallatin Street. Marvin Garden Properties will build out three upstairs apartments at 410 Gallatin Street.
Also approved was roofing work at the Waste Water Plant offices, submitted by Westendorf Construction, at a bid of $7,454.
Work in the amount of $61,070.28 was approved for sidewalk rehabilitation at the intersection of Eighth Street and Old 140, awarded to Esker and Walker Construction, Inc. of Teutopolis.
The final work to be done with the city is to replace various electrical harnesses on a city dump truck, at a cost of $17,338.05, awarded to Rush Trk Ctr, of Effingham.
Mayor Ricky Gottman reported an agreement with the Bowling Alley is being drafted. At the last council meeting, the council approved a $35,000 request from the Bowling Alley for work done there, to be paid out of the city’s revolving fund. The money is a loan, which will be paid back at zero interest over the next 10 years.
In other business, the council:
• passed two road closure resolutions for this year’s Halloween Parade, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 28, and for the Olde Tyme Christmas Event, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 12;
• approved the annual bridge inspection report;
• approved an ordinance establishing a stop sign at the intersection of Kane and Madison streets, on the north and south sides;
• heard from Mayor Gottman that the Illinois Municipal League, which met here last week, was impressed with the community. Gottman also reported that the city saw quite a bit of business from those attending. He reported that a budget hearing will be held on Tuesday, July 27. Other items will also be discussed. Gottman also report on an ITEP grant received by the city, in excess of $1 million, for sidewalk replacements in the city, to be used over the next four years; and
• Gottman also mentioned the great work the street department did on “sprucing up” the town for the IML meeting.