9th July 2020

Ohio Department of Health, Ohio State University to conduct COVID-19 study

Here’s a heads up from the Ohio Department of Health.
The ODH and Ohio State University are teaming up to conduct a research study on the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our state. Researchers will test 1,200 adult Ohioans selected at random for this project.
If you are selected to participate in this study, you will receive a letter notifying you of the study and the process researchers will use to collect results.
You should know that you have the right to decline participating in the study. If you choose to participate in the study initially, you have the right to opt out at any time during the study.
If you have any questions about the study, contact the Ohio Department of Health, 1-833-427-5634 (1-833-4-ASK-ODH).

8th July 2020

Ohio Department of Health mandates face masks or facial coverings in Montgomery County public spaces

How does the Ohio Department of Health’s facial covering order impact Vandalia?

An Ohio Department of Health mandate goes into effect at 6 p.m. this evening throughout Montgomery County requiring the wearing of a face mask or facial protective covering for anyone entering a public building, or outdoors in an area where consistent social distancing is not possible. In order to comply with this order, the following operational changes will be implemented:

Vandalia Municipal Building – Any person entering the Vandalia Municipal Building will be required to wear a mask or protective facial covering. Admittance to the Municipal Building will be limited to only those conducting business with City staff. Appointments to meet with City staff are not required, but are strongly encouraged.

Vandalia Justice Center – Any person entering the Vandalia Justice Center will be required to wear a mask or protective facial covering. Admittance to the Justice Center will be limited to only those conducting business with Police or Court staff. Appointments to meet with Police or Court staff are not required, but are strongly encouraged.

Vandalia Fire Station #1 and #2 – Any person entering Vandalia Fire Station #1 or #2 will be required to wear a mask or protective facial covering. Admittance to the station lobby will be limited to only those conducting business with fire staff. Appointments to meet with fire staff are not required, but are strongly encouraged.

Vandalia Recreation Center – Any person entering the Vandalia Recreation Center will be required to wear a mask or protective facial covering. Individuals will not be required to wear a mask while engaging in activities within the fitness center, gymnasium or swimming pool, but will need to wear a mask when exiting those areas to go to the locker room or to leave the building.

Cassel Hills Golf Course – Any person entering the clubhouse at Cassel Hills Golf Course will be required to wear a mask or protective facial covering. A Tee times secured in advance are required, there will be no walk-ins accepted. Individuals will not be required to wear a mask while golfing.

The City of Vandalia encourages everyone to practice social distancing by maintaining at least a six-foot distance from others. This applies to indoor and outdoor situations.

7th July 2020

Ohio Department of Health to require wearing of masks in Montgomery County

Montgomery County is one of seven statewide to require the wearing of a face mask in public.

Specifically the order requires people to wear masks:
* When they are in any indoor location that is not a residence
* When they are outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their          household
* When they are waiting for, riding, driving or operating public transportation, a taxi, a private care service, or a ride-sharing vehicle

The order takes effect on Wednesday, July 8, at 6 p.m.

Last week the Governor unveiled the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, which uses one of four levels to classify each of Ohio’s 88 counties in terms of COVID-19 impact.
* Level 1, indicated on the map as yellow, is the lowest public emergency alarm level, indicating that the virus is present in the county, and       actively spreading.
* Level 2, indicated on the map as orange, indicates on ongoing public emergency with an increasing exposure and spread of the virus.
* Level 3 is indicated on the map as red, and is used to classify counties with a very high exposure and spread. Montgomery County is one of     seven statewide designated as Level 3.
* Level 4 is the highest possible threat level, and would be indicated with the color purple. Currently there are no Ohio counties designated as Level 4.

Children under the age of 10 and those with a medical reason are exempt.

Businesses are expected to comply with the order, but will not be responsible for enforcing the order.

Violation of the order will be a misdemeanor criminal offense.

7th July 2020

July is Parks and Recreation month.

The Vandalia Parks and Recreation department wants you to know that July is Parks and Recreation month.

The department has launched a social media campaign that will introduce a staff member to the community each day of July. 

Wednesday, July 1 – John Myers

Thursday, July 2 – Sharon Hamby

Friday, July 3 – Alicia McCracken

Saturday, July 4 – Aaron Messenger

Sunday, July 5 – Jen Webb

Monday, July 6 – Gabriel Benning

Tuesday, July 7 – Nikki Speakman

7th July 2020

Tax Deadline is Wednesday, July 15

If you have not yet filed your City taxes, the tax deadline is Wednesday, July 15.
Vandalia’s tax department is here to help.
Bring your tax documents in to the tax office during regular business hours and the friendly staff will assist you in getting your taxes filed. You may also use the Vandalia Tax Department’s web page linked below to access tax forms, file your taxes online and pay your taxes online.
Questions about filing your taxes?
Call (937) 415-2240.

29th June 2020

Vandalia accepting applications for part-time office assistant

Part Time Parks & Recreation Office Assistant

Vandalia Parks & Recreation Department

 The Vandalia Parks and Recreation Department is seeking an energetic and experienced Office Assistant to work part time, assisting the Parks and Recreation Director and management staff.  The position will play an integral role in human resources, budget, clerical duties and communications as well as miscellaneous administrative projects.

The work is fast-paced, in a comfortable office  environment.  The hours for this position ideally will be Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., (25 hours per week).  However, there may be some flexibility within the hours of (8am – 5pm), depending upon your need. 

Candidates must be well-versed in Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel.  They must work quickly but understand the importance of confidentiality, accuracy and detail. Filing/recordkeeping are critical functions.  They should demonstrate recent excellent customer service, outgoing rapport and a track record in the planning and completion of special projects or assignments. 

Hourly rate is $15.  There are no benefits or paid leave and the position is strictly PART time.

 Those interested must submit a resume, along with a completed application, to Steve Clark, sclark@vandaliaohio.org, no later than Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 5 p.m.  Applications are available online at www.vandaliaohio.org.

Vandalia is EOE and ADA Compliant– Women/minorities encouraged to apply

22nd June 2020

City Manager Jon Crusey resigns

Vandalia City Manager Jon Crusey has resigned his position, effective Friday, July 3.

Crusey previously served as City Manager in Tipp City before coming to Vandalia in April, 2014. He subsequently retired in 2017, and was rehired to the same position.

“I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in Vandalia,” Crusey said. “We have made great strides in economic and community development, and I’m confident Vandalia will have the same types of success moving forward.”

Crusey said he’s grateful for his Vandalia experience and the relationships he has developed with staff and community leaders.

“We have an excellent staff in Vandalia,” Crusey said. “The people who work for the City are dedicated to providing the best possible service to the taxpayers of Vandalia.”

“We appreciate the six years Mr. Crusey has dedicated to the City of Vandalia,” said Vandalia Mayor Richard Herbst.  “Under his leadership we have been able to broaden our tax base, and maintain a safe and stable atmosphere for our citizens “

City Council has appointed Police Chief Kurt Althouse to serve as interim City Manager while the search for a permanent City Manager is conducted.



9th June 2020

2020 Star-Spangled Celebration postponed, not cancelled

The 2020 Vandalia-Butler Township Star Spangled Celebration will be postponed to a later date this summer as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, which typically draws thousands to the Vandalia Sports Complex and its surrounding neighborhoods, is traditionally held on July 3.

For the uninitiated, the Star-Spangled Celebration is one of Vandalia’s most popular events each year featuring live music, food vendors, and a spectacular fireworks show.

With the Ohio Department of Health’s present emphasis on small group settings and social distancing, the event would need to be dramatically altered to present. We expect some of the current restrictions to be eased in the coming weeks, which would clear the way for an end-of-summer event that would include music, food, and of course, fireworks.

26th May 2020

Cassel Hills Golf Course implements new policy guidelines

Cassel Hills Golf Course has updated some policies in order to more safely operate during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. 

League play will begin the week of June 8. Leagues will have a practice round the week of June 1 and will have a chance to finalize rosters and set up schedules.

Effective May 26, two people are permitted to share a golf cart. Golfers will be offered flexibility related to cart use, including the option to walk or ride in a cart alone. Because of the potential for multiple single-riders, cart availability cannot be guaranteed for every golfer.

All golf outings for 2020 have been cancelled. All events with shotgun starts are cancelled until further notice.

The snack bar in the clubhouse will offer food service with hot dogs available for purchase.

There will be no seating in the pro shop and snack bar area. The dining room will be available for golfers to socialize after their round effective June 1. All patrons will be asked to observe the established social distancing guidelines and to space each other away from other groups. 

All previously-posted COVID-19 related guidelines on www.casselhills.com not addressed in this post remain in effect. Tee times are still required for all play and golfers must wait until 20 minutes before their tee time to check in.

For continued updates please visit www.casselhills.com or the Cassel Hills Golf Course Facebook page.

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