21st April 2017

Art Park Opening Day is June 3

Opening day for the Vandalia Art Park will be Saturday, June 3, at 1 p.m.

The Park will be unveiling four projects:

  1. Unveiling of 2017 Images Exhibit “Kidstagram.” This exhibit features photographs submitted by local citizens and organizations. This exhibit is sponsored by the Vandalia Cultural Arts and the Ohio Arts Council.
  2. Mandalas colored by the public will be laminated and hung on the reverse side of the “Kidstagram” photographs at the Vandalia Art Park. This project is sponsored by Vandalia Cultural Arts.
  3. Unveiling of eight sculptures from Midwest Sculpture Initiative for the 2017-18 “Art Parked” Sculpture Exhibit. The Public Arts in Vandalia (PAIV) Committee with additional sponsorship from the Vandalia Cultiral Arts Program (VCAP) are excited to present the third annual “Art Parked” Sculpture Exhibit 2017-18, a free outdoor sculpture exhibit on display through April, 2018 at the Vandalia Art Park.
  4. Sculpture Benches in the Park. Todd Frahm, North Carolina, will be putting the final touches on two limestone benches to be placed at the park. The public can view the carving taking place at the Vandalia Art Park, 256 E. Alkaline Springs Road, on June 1-3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

 

 

 



20th April 2017

Shred Day is Friday, May 19

Protect your identity by shredding unwanted documents that contain sensitive information. 

The City of Vandalia’s free Shred Day will be held Friday, May 19, from 9 am to Noon in the Vandalia Municipal Building parking lot. 

Staff will be on hand to assist you in unloading your vehicle.

CLICK HERE for more details.

 

 



20th April 2017

Garage Sale Weekend is May 19-21

Garage Sale Weekend in the City of Vandalia is May 19-21.

This is the weekend when garage salers from across the region descend on Vandalia looking for great bargains.

Citizens are reminded that signs advertising garage sales are not permitted in the public right of way or on utility poles. 



3rd April 2017

Spring cleaning? Here’s what you need to know about Vandalia’s trash services.

If you’ve got Spring cleaning on your calendar anytime in the next few weeks, you might appreciate a reminder on how best to discard of the clutter you remove from your home.

Your best bet and the easiest way to get rid of trash is to use your contracted waste hauler, Rumpke.  Rumpke will pick up of extra-large trash items for free, including bulk items such as furniture. Any upholstered item must be wrapped in plastic before being placed at the curb. Homeowners must simply call Rumpke at least 72 hours in advance, 461-0004, to advise what items need to be removed. There is no additional charge for the large trash pickup.

Bulk drop-offs at the City Garage, 97 Clubhouse Way, are available the second Saturday of certain months, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. These drop-offs are limited to limbs, brush and large construction materials. This service is not available in January, February, November or December.

With proof of residency, Vandalia citizens may also drop off any yard waste free of charge at BR Mulch at 620 Ginghamsburg Road during regular business hours. BR Mulch is open 7 days a week. 

Hours –  Mon – Fri   8 – 5

                Sat – 8 – 4

                Sun – 10 – 2

The above hours are valid through the end of June. For more information on BR Mulch, call  667-8288.

For trash-related questions, call 415-2349.



3rd April 2017

Arbor Day event planned for April 28

The City of Vandalia will celebrate Arbor Day with a special tree planting event on Friday, April 28. 1 p.m. at Helke Park.

Schoolkids from Helke Elementary School will be included in the event, and a tree will be planted as a part of the celebration.

For more information on the Arbor Day celebration, call Rich Hopkins, 415-2251.



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.”



20th March 2017

Cassel Hills Golf Course passes on sale

Cassel Hills Golf Course, one of the regions top rated courses, is also among the most affordable!

If you love challenging play on a finely manicured course with friendly and helpful staff, you need to check out Cassel Hills!

For information on passes, rates and league play, check out their website, www.casselhills.com.

 



20th March 2017

Happy first day of Spring!

As we mark the first official day of Spring, Vandalia residents are reminded that lawn-mowing season is right around the corner. Please remember that Vandalia requires property owners to keep lawns free of noxious weeds and trimmed at a height of less than 8 inches. 

1482.10   EXTERIOR PROPERTY AREAS.

   (a)   Sanitation.  All exterior property and premises shall be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition and free of rubbish. The occupant shall keep that part of the exterior property which such occupant occupies or controls in a clean and sanitary condition.

      (1)   Vegetation. All land shall be properly maintained, with lawns, hedges, bushes, tree lawns, trees and other vegetation to be trimmed and kept from becoming overgrown and unsightly. Leaves shall be raked and disposed of to avoid unreasonable accumulation where such leaves are exposed to public view or where they may constitute a blighting influence on adjoining property.

      (2)   Driveways, walks and tree lawns. All driveways, walkways and tree lawns shall be kept in a proper state of repair and maintained free of hazardous conditions. For the purposes of this chapter, the words “exterior property” and “premises” shall include the strip of land sometimes referred to as the park lawn or tree lawn (i.e. the portion of a right-of-way between the curb, or the paved street if there is no curb, and the sidewalk) and any other unpaved portion of a right-of-way which abuts property of an owner. Accordingly, the owner shall be responsible for causing such unpaved right-of-way to comply with the maintenance requirements of this chapter.

   (b)   Grading and Drainage.  All premises shall be graded and maintained to prevent the erosion of soil and to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water thereon, or within any structure located thereon, with the exception of water retention areas and reservoirs approved by the Code Official.

   (c)   Sidewalks and Driveways.  All sidewalks, walkways, stairs, driveways, parking spaces and similar areas shall be kept in a proper state of repair, and maintained free from hazardous conditions. Stairs shall comply with the requirements of Sections 1482.11(j)

      (1)   Public sidewalks to be cleaned of ice and snow.  It shall be the duty of the owner, or of the occupant (if he or she shall be a person other than the owner) of each and every parcel of real estate in the City abutting upon any public sidewalk to keep the public sidewalk abutting his or her premises free and clear of snow and ice, and to remove all snow and ice accumulated thereon within a reasonable time, which will ordinarily not exceed 12 hours after the abatement of any storm during which snow and ice may have accumulated.

   (d)   Weeds.  All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of eight inches and shall be cut in accordance with paragraph (d)(3) hereof regardless of height. All noxious weeds shall be prohibited. Weeds shall be defined as all grasses , annual plants and vegetation, other than trees or shrubs, provided, however, that this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens.

      (1)   Large lots. All lots within the City of Vandalia having an area of one acre or greater shall be kept mowed a distance of at least fifty feet from all property lines and street rights of way or easements given for roadway purposes. The entire lot shall be kept mowed for lots with an area less than one acre. In either case, the area between the right of way and the edge of the pavement shall also be maintained in accordance with this section.

      (2)   Lots in subdivisions.  Lots within the limits of active subdivisions shall meet the requirements of the subdivision regulations. Upon completion of the subdivision, as determined by release of all performance and maintenance bonds, said lot shall meet the requirements of this Code.



17th March 2017

Vandalia Water Quality Report released

The Northern Area Water Authority has released its 2016 Water Quality report. NAWA is a joint venture between the cities of Vandalia and Tipp City to provide drinking water to both communities. 

The Water Quality Report is a requirement of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996. The purpose of the report is to provide the public with information concerning the quality of drinking water during the previous calendar year.

The Northern Area Water Authority (NAWA) obtains its public drinking water supply from buried sand and gravel aquifers associated with the Great Miami River. NAWA currently utilizes six production wells to draw water from the aquifer. Well water is pumped to the treatment plant where it is run through sand filters for Iron and Manganese removal. Nanofiltration membranes are used for the reduction or removal of hardness, viruses, and other contaminants. Chlorine is added for disinfection, Fluoride is added for dental health, and Orthophosphate is added to minimize corrosion or scaling in the distribution system.

NAWA has a current, unconditioned license to operate its Public Water System issued by the Ohio EPA on January 1, 2017.

For information regarding this report or additional information regarding water quality, contact Lisa Hendricks, Plant Supervisor, 937-506-3200.

To view the 2016 Vandalia Water Quality Report, CLICK HERE.



2nd March 2017

New Exhibit at Vandalia Municipal Building Gallery

“TAKING A CLOSER LOOK”

Photography Exhibit by Angie Ferrell
On Exhibit thru April 28, 2017

“Taking a Closer Look” photography exhibit by local artist, Angie Ferrell, is about looking at the world from a different angle or closer perspective, and maybe finding the unusual in what before seemed commonplace—human emotion, a backyard song bird, a flower, a quiet place, or the sky above.

“I strive for my work to reveal splendor in the simplest things, and trust that it will encourage you to slow down and take the time to genuinely look at the beauty that surrounds you. Since taking my first photograph as a teenager, I have loved watching the world through a lens. A camera is a remarkable tool for capturing human emotion, split-second action and gorgeous landscapes, but it has been through the viewfinder that I have discovered the extraordinary in what I otherwise might have overlooked as ordinary. I am excited to share that vantage point with you through my photos” shares artist Angie Ferrell.

This exhibit is on display at the Vandalia Municipal Building Gallery thru the end of April, 2017. The gallery is open to the public during normal business hours: Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. A reception for the public, family and friends will be held on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm.

BIOGRAPHY
A lifetime area resident and Vandalia-Butler High School graduate, Angie purchased her first camera at sixteen with money from her summer job at the Amateur Trapshooting Association. She worked seventeen years in human services, is raising two children with her husband Jon, but no matter how busy life gets, has never lost her passion for photography.