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Council amends water ordinance Tuesday

Changes in water billing and payments were made last night as the Vandalia City Council approved a resolution for an agreement with Payment Service Network, conditional to fees being waived, and adopted an ordinance amending water service with the city.

The new ordinance increases the late charge on bills from $25 to $35, as well as connection and discconection charges being set at a flat $100 charge, as opposed to the former prevailing wage fee being doubled. The ordinance also took the word misdemeanor out of the ordinance as a penalty for meter tampering, as it is considered an ordinance violation as opposed to a criminal charge.

Also, with the resolution would call for Payment Service Network, Inc.  who accept credit card payments for water bills for the city, to supply a credit card swipe machine for taking such payments, to be located at city hall. The resolution was approved pending agreement that all fees to the city would be waived.

Also, City Clerk Carla Huhn told the council that hopefully residents may be able to make payments via PayPal, PayPal Credit, or Venmo, pending applications being made available for Iphone and Droid users.

In other business, the council:

• approved Saturday, Oct. 30 as trick or treat night;

• approved the reorganization of standing council committees;

• approved the transfer of a liquor license from CT’s Packaged Liquor to new owners. The transfer would also include a provision for product samples during promotions at the business. The owners also have businesses in Mattoon and Champaign;

• authorized the seeking of bids for the sidewalk replacement in the city as part of the $50,000 per year commitment made by the council;

•approved an ordinance pertaining to the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund for the city;

• approved a street closure for Second Street from Gallatin to the former bank drive-through lanes, to be closed on Saturday, Oct. 9;

• approved changes to the Sewer Relocation Project;

• approved road closure for Atlas 46’s grand opening, also planned for Saturday, Oct. 9;

• approved two ordinances of vacation of property of an unimproved section of Locust Street and an unimproved alley;

• heard from Councilman Bret Brosman that three items which were in the minutes from the last meeting said those items would be addressed at the Tuesday night meeting, but were not on the agenda.

• heard Mayor Ricky Gottman reiterate that Vandalia businesses should apply for the Back to Business Grant offered by the state;

• also heard from Gottman that Atlas is adding more employees as soon as new equipment is delivered, and

• heard Gottman praise the job being done at the cemetery.