17th August 2017

Vandalia Oktoberfest is September 8 & 9

The Vandalia Oktoberfest will take place September 8 & 9 at the Vandalia Sports Complex.

The Oktoberfest will be open from 5 p.m. to Midnight on September 8, and from Noon to Midnight on September 9.

CLICK HERE for the official Oktoberfest poster.


17th August 2017

Little York Road to be closed during work hours beginning August 21

A CSX project to improve the Little York Road overpass between just east of Brown School Road will have crews closing the road during business hours.

The work being done will likely cause rocks and other material to fall into the roadway while crews are working, and so the closure is necessary from a safety perspective.

The road will only be closed while work is being cone. If the crews are not present, the roadway will be open.

This work will begin next Monday, August 21 and is expected to be done weekdays from 8 am-3 pm. The projected completion date is September 1.


The detour will use Webster Street down to Needmore Road and over to Rip Rap Road.

CLICK HERE for a map of the detour route.




15th August 2017

Old Springfield Road bridge to close

Beginning August 16, the Old Springfield Road bridge over the Great Miami River will be closed.

Crews will be milling and resurfacing the bridge deck. The project is expected to take at least a week, if not longer, to complete.

7th August 2017

Ad Hoc Council Committee to meet September 20


There will be a meeting of a Vandalia Ad Hoc Committee on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the vandalia Senior Citizens center, 21 Tionda Drive South.

The purpose of the ad hoc committee is to consider a request to name public buildings, parks, roads and/or facilities after Hank Owings.  

CLICK HERE for the official meeting notice.

7th August 2017

Applications are being accepted for Temporary Part Time Public Works Technician

With a busy fall ahead, the Vandalia Public Works Department is accepting applications for a Temporary Part Time Technician. 

Candidates must be at least 18 and have a valid Ohio driver’s license.  Those with recent, demonstrated successful experience in landscaping, construction work or similar work will be given first consideration, as this position primarily involves outdoor labor.

The position is temporary.  Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. up to five days per week through November.  Hourly pay rate is $8.15.  There are NO health care or other benefits; the position is strictly temporary and is ideal for a student attending college locally, a retiree or as a supplement to another flexible part-time job.

Oral interviews will be conducted as well as an extensive background investigation and drug testing for those holding commercial driver’s licenses. 

Applications may be obtained at the Vandalia Municipal Building, 333 James Bohanan Memorial Drive or on the City’s website, www.vandaliaohio.org.  Position is open until filled.

The City of Vandalia is an equal opportunity employer and ADA compliant.

3rd August 2017

National Road lane closures scheduled to begin August 8

Beginning August 8, crews will be closing lanes of National Road in front of the 40 West development (former Morton Middle School site) for utility work.

During work hours, traffic will be limited to one lane for each direction of travel. If possible, metal plates will be used to restore all lanes of travel during non-work hours. 

The project is expected to take at least two days to complete.

As with any construction project, weather conditions may delay the beginning or completion of the work.


CLICK HERE for a map of the work area

30th May 2017

Hotel/Motel Tax Rules and Regulations

The City of Vandalia has changed some aspects of its Hotel/Motel Tax rules and regulations. 

These new regulations go into effect the last day of July, 2017.

For a complete listing of Hotel/Motel Tax rules and regulations, CLICK HERE.

26th May 2017

#HereInVandalia social media campaign kicks off

The City of Vandalia is introducing a fun social media project designed to get Vandalians sharing their experiences in our community. The #HereInVandalia project uses the unique properties of a social media hashtag to create an online community celebrating life “Here in Vandalia.”
“With social media exploding the way it has over the past few years, we’ve been looking for a way to use this amazing technology to promote our great city.” said Jon Crusey, Vandalia city manager. “This project is a way to get our community involved.”
The hashtag is commonly used to help categorize photos submitted to a social media site such as Twitter or Instagram. By using the hashtag in conjunction with a photo, others can search social media sites for that specific hashtag.
“When people use the ‘HereInVandalia’ hashtag, we’ll search social media to post all approved hashtagged photos on one web site,” Crusey explained. “To see the photos with the “HereInVandalia” hashtag, simply go to www.hereinvandalia.com.”
For those who are less computer savvy, the Vandalia website will offer a link for submission of a photo for the campaign. Simply email your photo to rhopkins@vandaliaohio.org for inclusion on the site.
The campaign is designed to give Vandalians, our businesses and visitors the opportunity to share Vandalia stories through pictures.
“To offer extra interest, each week we’ll choose one post to be featured on our web page and its contributor will receive a Vandalia t-shirt,”Crusey said. “The winning photos will also be submitted to the Vandalia Drummer News.”
Another feature of the campaign will be the use of giant portable picture frames that will be available at many Vandalia events.
“Participants can hold up the frame, pose inside it and hashtag their photo to Here In Vandalia,” Crusey explained. “The frame
will be available at larger public events such as the Star-Spangled Celebration and the Air Show Parade.”

24th March 2017

Vandalia City Council passes ordinance limiting outdoor feeding of animals

     As a result of health, public welfare and safety concerns raised by residents, Vandalia City Council passed an ordinance making it illegal to leave food outdoors for animals under certain circumstances.  The ordinance, passed as an emergency on Monday, March 20, specifically states, “No person shall knowingly or recklessly leave food or any other type of feed outdoors so as to attract animals running at large or wild animals.” Because it was passed as an emergency measure, the law took full effect as of March 20.

     A first violation of the ordinance is a minor misdemeanor. According to David Caldwell, Vandalia prosecutor, a minor misdemeanor is punishable by a fine up to $100.

     An individual’s second violation of the ordinance within a 12-month period will be considered a fourth-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $250 and as many as 30 days in jail.

     “I think it’s important to understand the motivation behind this ordinance,” said Jon Crusey, Vandalia city manager. “We have heard from a number of citizens who tell us their personal safety and quality of life have been compromised as a direct result of neighbors leaving food out for feral cats.”

     Crusey explained that the feed attracts other nuisance animals such as skunks, opossum, raccoons and coyotes.

     “We have citizens who feel it is unsafe for them and/or their small children to be in their own backyards because of the influx of other unwanted animals.”

     Crusey said Council recently met with a citizen who was bitten by a skunk, subsequently enduring a series of shots to guard against rabies. He noted Council members have also heard from residents who reported coyotes in their back yards.

     “This ordinance will be complaint-driven, meaning that the City will rely on those most impacted by reckless feeding to initiate an investigation,” Crusey said.  “The affected residents may be asked to work with staff in providing necessary information regarding the violation.”

     Vandalia residents who wish to file a complaint should call the Department of Engineering Services, 898-3750. City staff will initiate an investigation and explain the process for prosecution of a violation.

     “We hope that those who have been leaving food out now have a better understanding of the impact that feeding can have on their friends and neighbors,” Crusey said. “But we will be ready to investigate any complaints brought to our attention moving forward.”

     The new ordinance stipulates that “the feeding outdoors of one’s own animals shall take place during daylight hours only” and, further, makes it a violation for a person to knowingly or recklessly:

            1)  Leave food or any other type of feed outdoors after daylight hours; or

            2) Leave food or any other type of feed outdoors unattended not in the presence of the owner’s animal; or

            3) Allow animals running at large or wild animals to feed on one’s own property.

     The ordinance makes an exception for the outdoor feeding of birds.

     “We understand that many Vandalians use bird feeders, and enjoy watching the birds feed,” Crusey said. “As long as the bird feeders are not attracting animals at large or wild animals, those who enjoy doing so will be able to continue with the ordinance in effect.”