Archive for 2018

Municipal Building to close for Douglas Knight funeral

Posted on: April 18th, 2018 by rhopkins No Comments

The Vandalia Muncipal Building will be closed from 10 a.m. to Noon so that employees may attend the funeral service for Police chief Douglas Knight.  The Vandalia Division of Tax office, however, will remain open throughout the day.

The Division of Police will utilize staff from neighboring jurisdictions while the funeral in taking place. Police crews from The City of Englewood, Butler Township and the City of Huber Heights will assist in the dispatch center and respond to calls for service. We appreciate the assistance from our neighboring jurisdictions and wish to assure residents that there will be NO INTERRUPTION in police coverage or police services throughout the day.  As always, citizens may call the Vandalia Division of Police, 898-5868,  for non-emergency calls, and should continue to dial 911 for all emergency services.

We appreciate the support we have received from throughout the region as we work through this difficult loss.

Vandalia Police Chief Douglas Knight dies after sudden illness

Posted on: April 13th, 2018 by rhopkins No Comments

Vandalia Police Chief Douglas L. Knight died unexpectedly Friday at the age of 67. Knight was due to retire from the Vandalia Division of Police in June after 37 years of service to the Vandalia community.

“As a person, as an organization, as a community, we are heartbroken,” said Jon Crusey, Vandalia city manager. “Doug fell in love with the people of Vandalia and he made it his life’s work to serve and protect them.” 

Knight joined the Vandalia Division of Police as a road patrol officer in 1979 after spending time as a Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy and a campus police officer at The Ohio State University.   

He was promoted to the rank of Vandalia police sergeant in 1984 and then deputy chief of police later that same year.  He left the City for a short time, accepting a position as deputy chief of police at the University of Cincinnati in 1986.  He then returned “home” to put his experience and talent to work to lead the Vandalia Division of Police as its chief in 1988.

Chief Knight earned his undergraduate degree in criminal justice at the University of Dayton and received a master of arts degree from Central Michigan University with a major in management and supervision. He was a graduate of the 161st Session of the FBI National Academy as well as the inaugural session of the Law Enforcement Foundation’s Police Executive Leadership College. 

                “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Colleen, his children Steven and Erin, and the rest of the Knight family during this very difficult time,” Crusey said.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Planning and Zoning Update Steering Committee Cancelled

Posted on: April 13th, 2018 by rhopkins No Comments


The Steering Committee meeting regarding the update of the Planning and Zoning Code scheduled for Tursday, April 17 has been CANCELLED.



EMPLOYMENT NEWS – Application deadline extended for three open positions

Posted on: April 6th, 2018 by rhopkins No Comments


With a tradition of service excellence, the City of Vandalia is accepting applications for three career opportunities in its Parks and Recreation and Public Works Departments.  

Deadline EXTENDED to: Monday, April 23, 5 p.m.

Custodial Supervisor


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Two recent years’ experience as a full-time custodian OR
  • Equivalent combination of education/experience/training providing the required knowledge/ skills/abilities.

CLICK HERE for a detailed job description, IMPORTANT application instructions and a 2018 Employment Application for Full-Time Employment.



  • High school diploma or GED
  • Four recent years of mechanic experience and/or training
  • Four recent years of experience and/or training in maintaining fire equipment and systems OR
  • Any equivalent combination of education/experience/training providing the required knowledge/skills/abilities.

CLICK HERE for a detailed job description, IMPORTANT application instructions and a 2018 Employment Application for Full-Time Employment.

Public Works Technician


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Two recent years’ experience in outdoor work, vehicle/equipment operation and/or heavy labor for extended periods.
  • Possession of a Class A Commercial Driver’s License with tanker endorsement or the ability to obtain one within six months of appointment.
  • Available for periodic overtime–nights, weekends, holidays.

CLICK HERE for a detailed job description, IMPORTANT application instructions and a 2018 Employment Application for Full-Time Employment.


Southbound Airport Access Road to close one lane beginning Monday, April 2

Posted on: March 30th, 2018 by rhopkins No Comments

Here’s a traffic note… Beginning Monday, April 2, Southbound Airport Access Road near the Stonequarry Road bridge will be reduced to one lane of travel as crews begin repair on the bridge.

BR Mulch accepting Vandalia yard waste

Posted on: March 20th, 2018 by rhopkins No Comments

Residents of Vandalia may take brush, limbs and trees that are smaller than 12 inches in diameter to BR Mulch, 620 Ginghamsburg Road, Tipp City.

Those using this free service must show proof of residency.

For hours of operation, call BR Mulch, 667-8288.

Vandalia Renews Bee City Certification

Posted on: March 6th, 2018 by rhopkins No Comments

The City of Vandalia has renewed its status as a Bee City, USA designated municipality for 2018 after completing a rigorous renewal application process. The Bee City, USA status reaffirms Vandalia’s commitment to improving the habitat conditions for pollinators.

In 2016, the United Nations reported that forty percent of the world’s 350,000 pollinator species were at risk of extinction. Bee City USA is a national nonprofit organization that galvanizes communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free to nearly free of pesticides. Imperiled pollinators such as honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies, moths, bats, hummingbirds, and others are responsible for the reproduction of ninety percent of the world’s wild plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume. 

Vandalia Mayor Arlene Setzer said, “Our City Council understood the importance of sustaining pollinators when we voted to become a Bee City USA affiliate in 2017. We are very pleased with the impressive gains we have made in just one year.”   

A new year brings new opportunities for raising awareness of the vital role pollinators play in supporting our food systems and the planet generally. Vandalia’s Bee City, USA, status is maintained by volunteers working through the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Local bee advocates Joe Dranschak and Al Tuttle offer monthly reports to the committee, which are then reported to Vandalia City Council. The meetings are held at the Vandalia Senior Citizens Center at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. The board does not meet in June, July or August.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board invites all residents of Vandalia to offer their ideas for pollinator-friendly initiatives.

To see Vandalia’s annual report as well as other Bee City USA affiliates’ annual reports visit

For more information about the Bee City USA organization visit or email Director Phyllis Stiles at  For more information about the Vandalia Bee City USA program, contact Rich Hopkins, 415-2251,  

Community garden plots now available

Posted on: February 22nd, 2018 by rhopkins No Comments

Local gardeners are invited to take part in the sixth season of the Vandalia Community Garden located at Jeffers Park, 407 Halcyon Drive.

The garden features twenty-two (22) 15’ x 20’ plots which will be available to Vandalia residents on a first come, first served basis. The gardening season runs from April to October and a water source is available for your convenience

Registration packets are available at the Vandalia Recreation Center, 1111 Stonequarry Road. Registration begins March 1. There will be a $25 registration fee.

Questions may be directed to Micki Weber, 415-2353 or

Vandalia issues statement regarding Dayton water issues

Posted on: February 9th, 2018 by rhopkins No Comments

Vandalia monitoring impact from Dayton water contamination

An ongoing issue with the City of Dayton’s water supply may impact some Vandalia households.

Dayton has announced that it is closely monitoring the low-level contamination of one source of its water supply. The trace amounts of contaminants are well below the Federal drinking water standards and pose no immediate safety threat to water customers. The impacted aquafer has been taken offline while the contamination is addressed, and no water customers have received water from the contaminated site.

The specific contaminants are man-made chemicals known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). These chemicals have been used in industrial and consumer products since the 1950s and are often found in the environment because of their widespread use in products such as coatings for textiles, paper products and cookware. They are also used in firefighting foams.

The EPA has established a limit for this chemical as it relates to health impacts at 70 parts per trillion (ppt). The contamination in this incident is less than 10 ppt, which is significantly below the health risk level.

Dayton City officials are actively working with the entity responsible for addressing the contamination.

Most of Vandalia is served by the Northern Area Water Authority (NAWA), a joint water distribution venture between the cities of Vandalia and Tipp City.

“NAWA’s water source comes from wells located in Tipp City,” said Jon Crusey, Vandalia city manager. “NAWA water is not a part of this contamination and most of our customers are not impacted at all by Dayton’s announcement.”

Crusey said a small number of Vandalia households and businesses located south of I-70 receive water from Montgomery County, which purchases its water supply from Dayton.

“If your water bill comes from Montgomery County, your water is provided by the City of Dayton,” Crusey said. “But it’s important to remember that your water is perfectly safe to drink.”

Crusey said Vandalia will continue to monitor the situation and relay information to impacted Vandalians as appropriate.

Part-time positions available in Recreation and Public Works

Posted on: January 3rd, 2018 by rhopkins No Comments

If you are dependable, hardworking and enjoy serving others, the City of Vandalia would like to hear from you!

Through February 16, 2018, Vandalia is recruiting part time and summer seasonal employees for the areas of Parks and Recreation, Facilities Maintenance, Public Works and Cassel Hills Golf Course and Swimming Pool. Additionally, the Vandalia Fire Department welcomes part time applications year ‘round. Part-time, 2018 SEASONAL (Summer/Early Fall only) positions are available in the Parks and Recreation and Public Works Departments and at Cassel Hills Golf Course.

For information on available positions and how to apply, CLICK HERE.