Archive for April, 2018

Kurt Althouse sworn in as Vandalia Chief of Police

Posted on: April 26th, 2018 by rhopkins No Comments

Kurt E. Althouse took the oath of office of Vandalia Chief of Police on Friday, April 27.  Althouse has served as Acting Chief since the unexpected passing of Chief Douglas Knight.

“We are fortunate to have Kurt’s leadership to carry the Vandalia Police Division forward and maintain our department’s standard of excellence,” Crusey said.  

A native of Tipp City, Althouse spent 22 years at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office before joining Vandalia as a lieutenant in October, 2014.

Having earned his associate’s degree in Police Science from Sinclair Community College, Kurt began his public safety career as an emergency dispatcher at the Englewood Police Department.  He accepted a dispatching position at Montgomery County in 1992 and transferred to Road Patrol in 1994.  He was then assigned as an Inspectional Services Unit Detective from 1999 to 2000 before being promoted to a supervisory post.  From 2000 to 2014, Kurt served as sergeant in the Jail Division, Court Services, Regional Communication Center, Forensic Services Unit, Administration and Road Patrol, working simultaneously to earn his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University.

He has been a state-certified instructor and commander with the Ohio Peace Officers’ Training Academy since 2003.

Since coming to the City of Vandalia, Kurt graduated from the FBI National Academy Session 268 and the Police Executive Leadership College.  He is a member of the International and Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police as well holding several other professional law enforcement affiliations and serving as a board member and secretary of the Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club and member of the Butler High School Advisory Committee.

Kurt has three sons, Justin, Jeremy and Jaden, as well as his fiancée, Andrea Blair.



Spring cleaning? We can help!

Posted on: April 23rd, 2018 by rhopkins No Comments

With many of us taking advantage of warmer temperatures to do a little spring cleaning, we’re getting questions on the best ways to get rid of the resultant trash.

The good news is that you have many options to dispose of unwanted items with

no additional charge! 

If the trash fits in your can, simply load it up and leave it out for collection on your regular trash pickup day. All trash must be in a trash can or trash bag for pickup.

If the items are too large, call Rumpke Waste, 461-0004, and let them know you have large items for pickup. You must call 72 hours prior to your regular trash pickup day. All upholstered furniture and mattresses must be covered in plastic before pickup.

Then, simply take them to the curb on your regular trash pickup day.

For specific questions regarding Rumpke pick-up policies, call 461-0004, extension 8755 for residential pick-up and  461-0004, extension 8756 for commercial pick-up.

IMPORTANT! Rumpke will not pick up household chemicals such as paint, varnishes, oil, pesticides, pool chemicals, household cleaners or paint thinners. These items must be taken to the Montgomery County Moraine Transfer Facility, 1001 Encrete Lane, Moraine, for disposal for a fee. Call 225-4999 for complete details.

Additionally, monthly bulk drop-offs are available the second Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the city garage, 97 Clubhouse Way. These drop-offs are limited to limbs, brush and large construction materials. Please call 415-2349 for additional information.

CLICK HERE for more information on trash  pickup policies in Vandalia.



Vandalia’s 2017 Water Quality Report

Posted on: April 23rd, 2018 by rhopkins No Comments

Vandalia’s 2017 Water Quality Report has been released. Click below to access this information.

2017 Water Quality Report