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City Cleanup Week is May 9-13

DEBORAH SIMCOX

Correspondent

Vandalia’s citywide Cleanup Week has been set for May 9-13.
During Cleanup Week, residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation can put out additional items with their regular trash on their regular trash pickup day.
Items that are not accepted during Cleanup Week include paint in the wet stage, car batteries, tires, brush/landscape waste, construction materials or hazardous waste materials accepted.
Mayor Rick Gottman announced the setting of Cleanup Week during Monday’s city council meeting.
Gottman also congratulated the Family YMCA of Fayette County on its successful fundraiser on Saturday. The Grand Raffle event was attended by more than 200 guests.
During the meeting, Sallie Shields represented the Family Y Executive Board in a presentation to the council.
During the presentation, Shields asked city officials “for support and commitment” of the Family Y’s Phase II project, emphasizing that the request was not for financial assistance.
Shields said the project would enhance the facilities and increase the number of programs offered.
At the mayor’s suggestion, the council agreed to hold its next meeting, Monday, April 4, at the YMCA Fitness Center, at 6:30 p.m.
The mayor encouraged the public to attend that meeting.
City Administrator LaTisha Paslay announced that the first Farmers Market of the season will be held on Saturday, May 14, from 8-11 a.m.
The Farmers Market will then be held on the second Saturday of each month through October.
She also reported that the upcoming Career Fair is to be held at Vandalia Kaskaskia College on Friday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The city of Vandalia will celebrate National Small Business Week May 1-7, and the city is accepting nominations for special awards handed out that week.
Local residents can nominate small businesses in the community for six categories: Small Business of the Year, Community Involvement Business of the Year, Female-Owned Business of the Year, Veteran-Owned Business of the Year, Non-Profit Agency/Group/ Club of the Year and Economic Impact Business of the Year.
Nominees are being accepted through Friday, April 8 and can be submitted to Paslay by mail, 431 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471; or email to vandaliaed@vandaliaillinois.com.
Regarding problems with City Water & Sewer bills, Water & Sewer Committee Chairman Bret Brosman reminded citizens that “there are two requirements for adjustments”: filling out a request form (available at city hall) and then meeting with the Water Committee.
Building & Grounds Chairman Andy Lester reported offering a budget estimate to Vandalia Chief of Police Jeff Ray for replacement of the rear door of the Police Department.
According to Lake Committee Chairman Russ Stunkel, the Vandalia Lake staff is moving successfully toward the lake campgrounds opening on Friday, April 1.
He said the city has an opening for one part-time employee at the lake (funded up to 1,000 hours).
Stunkel said the city also has a part-time position available at the cemetery.
Personnel, Finance & Insurance Chairman Kenny Lewey reported that the city’s new tourism director will be introduced at the next council meeting.
New business included:
• Approval of transfer of Vandalia Lake Lot #142 from Tracy Hays, Shobonier to Jacob Arndt, Vandalia.
• Approval of an ordinance amending the Redevelopment Plan and Project and the Boundary of TIF (Tax Increment Finance Redevelopment Project Area No. 1) by removing property from that TIF area.
• Approval of a resolution declaring the property at 1025 W. Edwards St. a Public Nuisance,
• Approval of request for a six-month extension from Jay Leskera for his TIF project at 322 W. Gallatin St.
• Approval of an ordinance pertaining to the regulation of video gaming in the city.
It was noted that the revenues for cannabis tax have dropped recently and that video gaming revenues are also expected to drop, possibly due to the economy.
• Approval of a resolution approving cash rent farm lease between the city and Meyer Farms for city-owned land on West Main Street. The $32,000 annual rent would provide revenue to the city.
• Approval of a bid from G.P.I. (Genesis Property Improvement, Inc.) for roof replacement of two buildings at the city sewer plant.