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Vandalia City Council discusses repair projects, elections

Deborah Simcox
Correspondent
Mayor Ricky Gottman opened the Vandalia City Council meeting on Monday, January 3, with the announcement that masks were being required for the meeting as well as any other business taking place at the city offices. He related that Covid cases were rising rapidly, not only in Vandalia, but also in Fayette County. He also noted several Covid related deaths recently.
City Council is going electronic, with each Council member getting their information, including agenda, on computers specifically for members. These Chrome Books were assigned to each Vandalia City Council member for receiving this relevant information.
Mayor Gottman related that Congressperson Rodney Davis called on Gottman at his office, asking about in which projects Vandalia was involved. He discussed with Gottman the potential grant for funds for Vandalia’s infrastructure. Davis will be running against Congressperson Mary Miller for the Republican seat in Congress.
City Administrator/Treasurer LaTisha Paslay updated the results of the Vandalia Lake lot properties: out of 220 properties, 146 home owners have responded to the certified letters from the city. Choosing to buy were 98 home owners, choosing a new lease were 37 home owners and 11 home owners preferring to maintain the old lease.
Cemetery and Landfill Chair Joel Rebbe reported that Doty Sanitation had submitted a new agreement for services for Vandalia.
Building and Grounds Chair Andy Lester conveyed that several roofs at the sewer plant were due to be looked at for replacement.
Mayor Gottman encouraged council members to attend Fayette County CEO Murder Mystery event to be held Thursday, Jan. 16, 2022, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Moose Lodge. The “Taste of Mystery CEO Class Business” will give murder packs to each table of participants, who will attempt to solve the mystery. Food prepared by the CEO Class will be available. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children, the proceeds of which will benefit CEO Class members in furthering their own business projects. Gottman urged community members to attend the event. Tickets can be purchased at the Vandalia City Hall or from any CEO Class student.