6th April 2020

Coronavirus update for Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Here is a brief update on how various departments are operating with the Governor’s Stay at Home order in place:

VANDALIA CITY COUNCIL

The next meeting of the Vandalia City Council will be held on Monday, April 20. For the safety of all involved, the meeting will be held remotely using technology. Instructions  to access the meeting as it is happening will be posted prior to the meeting date.

VANDALIA TAX DEPARTMENT

House Bill 197 was passed by the State of Ohio that extends the filing deadline to July 15th for City of Vandalia income tax returns for both individuals and business net profits. 

The balance of tax due from 2019, 1st and 2nd quarter 2020 estimated tax payments for both individuals and business net profits are now due July 15th   

PARKS AND RECREATION

The Vandalia Senior Citizens Center is closed throughout the duration of the “Stay at Home” order.

The Vandalia Recreation Center is closed throughout the duration of the “Stay at Home” order. ALL programs, activities and rentals associated with Vandalia Parks and Recreation are cancelled until further notice. Refunds will be issued for cancelled programs, rentals or birthday parties.

Park playground units are closed to the public for the duration of the Stay at Home order. 

All park basketball courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts and pickleball courts are closed for the duration of the Stay at Home order.

Port a Potties have been placed at Sports Complex and Helke Park for park goers.

The Easter Egg hunt scheduled for April Saturday, April 11 has been cancelled.

Cassel Hills Golf Course is open for business with social distancing rules are in effect. 

All golfers must have a tee time to play. Call 937-890-1300 to make a reservation.

In order to maintain social distancing, no sharing of golf carts is permitted. Only one person per golf cart.

Only one group at a time will be permitted in the club house. Staff members are not able to check-in customers until 20 minutes before their scheduled tee-time. Anyone attempting to check-in before that time will be asked to wait in their car until the appropriate time.

To avoid large groups congregating, the putting green is closed. It will only be available to golfers who have checked-in and are waiting for their tee-time so they can warm up.
 
The patio area and picnic table area are closed.

Those waiting to enter will wait in line using the tape guides to remain six feet apart.

There will be separate hours for those golfers who may be more vulnerable to the coronavirus:

The first hour of play on weekdays
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on weekends

These times will be reserved for senior golfers and those golfers with a medical condition that makes them more vulnerable.

To minimize the risk of the virus spreading, golfers are required
to leave the flagstick in the hole at all times. A PVC pipe will be placed in the hole, and golfers should putt to the pipe, then pick up the ball leaving the flagstick untouched.

Today carts are permitted on the cart path only, and the carts are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

VANDALIA MUNICIPAL BUILDING

The Vandalia Municipal Building is closed to the public throughout the “Stay at Home” order.

The utility billing window is closed to the public throughout the “Stay at Home” order. Utility payments (checks and money orders) can be dropped off at the 24-hour drop box or remitted online. Cash payments are not recommended at this time.

Those filing income tax returns are strongly encouraged to use the online tax tool, which is accessed from the City’s website.

Residents may call (937-415-2240) with questions during the normal hours of operation.

Paperwork may be dropped off at the 24-hour drop box, located on the south side of the municipal building, or emailed to tax@vandaliaohio.org. Taxpayers who mail their paperwork to the Tax Division can have the returns prepared and emailed back to the taxpayer. Payments can be remitted electronically via the City’s website, or payments by check and money order may be dropped off in the drop box. Cash payments are not recommended at this time.

VANDALIA DIVISION OF FIRE

The Vandalia Division of Fire has changed ts policy regarding the wearing of personal protective gear during this coronavirus pandemic. Fire and EMS crews are wearing protective gloves, masks, and protective glasses on every call. In some cases will also wear protective gowns and shoe covers. Every patient transported to an emergency department will be supplied with a mask, which must be worn.

The Vandalia Division of Fire has postponed all outreach programs including the Explorer’s Program. All fire stations are CLOSED to the public. Fire officials are asking patients who call 9-1-1 for medical assistance to give the 911 operator detailed information about any and all flu-like symptoms the patient may be exhibiting. Patients are also asked to disclose if they have recently traveled outside of the United States. If you utilize the 911 system and exhibit any of the above symptoms our EMS crews will be taking all necessary precautions to protect themselves from this virus. EMS crews may wear face masks, gowns, safety glasses or even full respirators. They may also require the patient to wear a face mask as well. If you are exhibiting flu-like of respiratory illness symptoms and have a face mask put it on before EMS arrive.

VANDALIA DIVISION OF POLICE

The Division of Police has changed response procedures in non-emergency and non-critical calls for service. Any offense of a minor nature that does not require a Vandalia Police Officer to physically respond to the scene will be handled over the telephone. When a call for service does not require a physical response, a Vandalia Police Officer will call you to gather the necessary information for an investigation and report. Officers will continue to respond to emergencies and any other calls for service requiring the physical presence of an officer. all meetings, events, and activities scheduled in the Community Room at the Justice Center are suspended indefinitely.

VANDALIA MUNICIPAL COURT

In response to Governor DeWine’s “Stay at Home” order, only individuals with essential court cases will be permitted to enter the court. Essential business is limited to cases involving the safety and well-being of themselves or others only. This includes, but is not limited to, a defendant, plaintiff, victim. witness or attorney with a case requiring court action, or appearance involving acts of violence and protection from acts of violence. Further, individuals displaying any signs of illness will not be permitted to enter. You will be instructed to contact the court by phone, email, or fax before the end of the next business day to obtain a continuance on your court date.

The Court encourages all persons with court business to call or email the court to see if your business can be conducted by phone or other electronic means rather than in person. All civil hearings, evictions, small claims and mediation hearings will be postponed and commence on May 11, 2020. Scheduled Pretrials for all minor misdemeanors, zoning violations, and offenses not carrying a potential penalty of incarceration shall be conducted by e-mail and/or telephone between the Prosecutor and Defendants or their Attorney. Scheduled Pretrials with attorneys, other than the Public Defender, shall contact the Prosecutor by telephone on the scheduled date and time of their Pretrial if the criminal or traffic offense carries a potential penalty of incarceration AND does not involve a specific victim.

Scheduled Pretrials involving a specific victim will be held in person only.

DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING SERVICES

The City of Vandalia’s large item drop off at the Public Works facility, scheduled for Saturday, April 11, is cancelled. 

The Department of Development and Engineering Services will endeavor to conduct emergency inspections such as building damage assessments and emergency utility reconnects as appropriate to protect first responders and those with urgent health needs. All inspections will be essentially hands-free, meaning the owner or owner’s representative must open doors, remove panel covers, operate all switches, breakers, valves, and test equipment as necessary to verify compliance. The DES office is closed for in-person visits. Applications may be downloaded and completed on your computer. Any applications and/or drawings must be sent via email or packaged delivery service. If you have an emergency, you may try our main office line – 937-898-3750. New work and alterations in unoccupied residential buildings in order to make them habitable may be inspected as long as sufficient social distances can be maintained. Other alterations are considered non-essential and will not be inspected at this time. Inspections that require entry into an occupied residence will be restricted to work necessary to keep the residence habitable. Where we have concerns about entering the property, we can meet the contractor at the property, but only the contractor enters, and shows us digital (photographic or video) evidence of compliance. Other inspection requests will be reviewed based on public health and safety, availability of staff, and compliance with State orders.

 

 



3rd April 2020

A message from Vandalia Mayor Richard Herbst

April 3, 2020

Vandalia Citizens,

As you have no doubt heard by now, Governor DeWine yesterday announced that the Stay at Home order that was set to expire on April 6 will stay in place until at least the beginning of May.

As we head into the weekend, I wanted to give you an update on our operations and share with you our priorities.

Our number one priority has been, and will continue to be, the safety and well-being of our citizens and our employees. To that end, our police, fire and EMS crews are ready at a moment’s notice to assist you. Our public safety personnel are taking every possible precaution to protect themselves while rendering the highest possible level of care. This focus on safety will not be changing anytime soon.

I would encourage you to continue to monitor our website and our Facebook and Twitter feeds, as we are updating these sites with the most recent information throughout the day. We are also reaching out through the NextDoor social media site to share the latest news.

Please continue to do your part to prevent the spread of this virus. Stay home. Go out only for essential business. Wash your hands often. Practice social distancing. These simple steps will go a long way toward stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Don’t forget about family, friends and neighbors who might be more vulnerable to the virus because of their age or medical conditions. If you are able, go to the grocery or the pharmacy for them, so they can avoid unnecessary trips.

Finally, I’d like to suggest you make it a priority to spend some time outdoors. Outdoor recreation is permitted in the Stay at Home order just as long as you remember to practice social distancing. Getting outside can help recharge your batteries and fight off cabin fever. Vandalia has 11 city parks, 1 Metro Park and beautiful neighborhoods that each have an ample supply of green space, nature and fresh air for your enjoyment. While you’re out, be sure to snap a photo, or two, and share on
social media with the hashtag #HereInVandalia

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we weather this pandemic. It won’t be easy, but we will get through this. Stay safe and please remember… we are all in this together.

Sincerely,

 

 

Richard Herbst
Mayor



2nd April 2020

Fast Facts on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) for Small Businesses

The City of Vandalia, in an effort to simplify the influx of information to small businesses, has summarized two of the loan programs resulting from recently passed federal legislation. Businesses that have recently been turned down for a loan through the Small Business Administration (SBA) should apply again – the SBA has changed their forms and is reviewing applications with a different perspective. If you have questions, please contact Amber Holloway, Assistant City Manager at 937-415-2250 or aholloway@vandaliaohio.org

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs inclu

ding benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.
• Applies to small businesses (500 or less employees), sole proprietors, independent contractors, most private non-profits
• Fully forgivable loan if requirements met
• No collateral or personal guarantee required

• No government or lender fees apply
• Must keep employees on the payroll (or rehire quickly)
• Small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply April 3. Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply.
• Applications can be made through any SBA 7(a) lender or through any FDIC institution, federally insured credit union or participating Farm Credit System institution.
• Interested businesses should apply quickly. There is a funding cap.

For more information visit: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp

The Paycheck Protection Program is implemented by the Small Business Administration with support from the Department of the Treasury.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program

The EIDL program is a loan and emergency grant program
• Applies to small businesses (500 or less employees), sole proprietors, independent contractors, co-ops, most private non-profits
• Maximum loan amount is $2 million at a rate of 3.75% for businesses, 2.75% for non-profits for up to a 30-year term. Payments are deferred for 12 months.
• No collateral for loans of $25,000 or less
• Visit https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/ to apply for the EIDL loan

How can a business access an emergency $10,000 advance?
• Apply for the EIDL loan and check the box to be considered for a $10,000 advance. Eligible applicants can receive funding within three days of application. The $10,000 advance does not need repaid.
• To receive the $10,000 emergency advance, it is not necessary to have an approved EIDL loan.
• If you are able to secure a Payroll Protection Program loan, the $10,000 advance will be
subtracted from the forgiveness amount.
• Visit https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/ to apply for the EIDL grant

NOTE: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES Act prohibits borrowers from taking out two loans for the same purpose.

The SBA administers the EIDL program. Please visit www.sba.gov for more information



30th March 2020

Cassel Hills Golf Course open

Cassel Hills Golf Course has reopened for business this morning after closing earlier in the week. On Monday the Ohio Department of Health reversed an interpretation regarding golf courses operating in the State of Ohio with the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order in effect.
 
After reviewing the new guidelines and consulting with staff, Cassel Hlls Golf Course re-opened this morning. The course is open to those walking only today, as the ground is still wet from rain this week.
 
The course is operating under temporary rules designed to support social distancing practices and keep golfers and staff safe.
 
In order to maintain social distancing, no sharing of golf carts will be permitted. Only one person per golf cart.
 
Only one group at a time will be permitted in the club house.
 
Those waiting to enter will wait in line using the tape guides to remain six feet apart.
 
We have implemented separate hours for those golfers who may be more vulnerable to the coronavirus:
The first hour of play on weekdays
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on weekends
These times will be reserved for senior golfers and those golfers with a medical condition that makes them more vulnerable.
 
To minimize the risk of the virus spreading, golfers are required to leave the flagstick in the hole at all times. A PVC pipe will be placed in the hole, and golfers should putt to the pipe, then pick up the ball leaving the flagstick untouched.


27th March 2020

Vandalia accepting applications for Police Officer position

POLICE OFFICER-VANDALIA, OHIO

 

The nationally-accredited Vandalia Police Division is accepting applications from energetic and skilled professionals who would like to serve as a Police Officer.

Applicants much be 21 years of age by the time of appointment.  They must possess or obtain a valid driver’s license and Ohio Peace certification.  The staring salary is $61,179 for candidates with (no qualifying experience).  Lateral candidates are encouraged to apply.  The starting salary for lateral candidates will be determined based on previous law enforcement experience.  Chosen candidates must reside within Montgomery County or in an adjacent county within the first year of appointment.

Review and obtain IMPORTANT QUALIFICATION INSTRUCTIONS by going to our website at www.vandaliaohio.org.  click on “jobs” to view the position and see details.  Page down and you will see the “apply” button.  Once you hit that button, the system will prompt you to create a Username and Password.  From there, you can fill out the application, upload your resume and cover letter.

 Selection process will begin in April.  Final candidates must pass an extensive background investigation, truth verification psychological exam, physical/drug screen, and credit check.

Application packets will be accepted through April 17, 2020 at 5pm.

Vandalia is an Equal Opportunity Employer; ADA compliant.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.



26th March 2020

Income tax due date has been changed for 2020

House Bill 197 was passed by the State of Ohio that extends the filing deadline to July 15th for City of Vandalia income tax returns for both individuals and business net profits. 

The balance of tax due from 2019, 1st and 2nd quarter 2020 estimated tax payments for both individuals and business net profits are now due July 15th   



24th March 2020

A message from Vandalia Mayor Richard Herbst

Vandalia Citizens,

Like many of you, I woke up this morning wondering what life was going to be like under the new “Stay at Home” order issued by the Ohio Department of Health. What I found was things are much quieter and slower, and that the majority of people are doing their part to help prevent the social spread of COVID-19.

To be certain, these are unprecedented times we are living in.

We have been through a lot these past few weeks, and we know there is more anxiety and worry ahead as we anticipate the impact of this deadly COVID-19 virus. While we do not know precisely what is in store for us, there are some things of which you can be certain.

You can be certain our police, fire and EMS crews will be ready at a moment’s notice to assist you, your family or your friends in any emergency. We are here to help. Our public safety personnel are taking every precaution to protect themselves while rendering the highest possible level of care.

You can be certain that the City will continue to provide you with the latest information on the virus and the changes put into place to minimize its spread. We have made communication with the public a top priority. I invite you to follow our Facebook and Twitter pages, and to check in at vandaliaohio.org for information you need to know. We are also reaching out through the Next Door social media site to share the latest news.

In addition, you can be certain that your City Council will take the necessary steps to keep vital City services in place throughout this ordeal.

We care about your safety and well-being, and I strongly encourage you to do your part to prevent the spread of this virus. Stay home. Go out only for essential business. Wash your hands often. Practice social distancing. These simple steps will go a long way toward stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Don’t forget about family, friends and neighbors who might be more vulnerable to the virus because of their age or medical conditions. If you are able, go to the grocery or the pharmacy for them, so they can avoid unnecessary trips out into the public.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we weather this pandemic. It won’t be easy, but I strongly believe we will get through this. Stay safe and please remember… we are all in this together.

 

Sincerely,

Richard Herbst

Mayor



24th March 2020

Cassel Hills Golf Course implements new rules

Cassel Hills Golf Course is committed to helping prevent the spread the COVID-19 coronavirus. Effective immediately, the following rules are in place.

In order to maintain social distancing, no sharing of golf carts will be permitted. Only one person per golf cart.

Only one group at a time will be permitted in the club house.

Those waiting to enter will wait in line using the tape guides to remain six feet apart.

We have implemented separate hours for those golfers who may be more vulnerable to the coronavirus:

The first hour of play on weekdays
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on weekends

These times will be reserved for senior golfers and those golfers with a medical condition that makes them more vulnerable.

To minimize the risk of the virus spreading, golfers are required
to leave the flagstick in the hole at all times. A PVC pipe will be placed in the hole, and golfers should putt to the pipe, then pick up the ball leaving the flagstick untouched.

Thank you for following these new rules, and allowing us to keep the course open throughout this public health crisis.



23rd March 2020

Vandalia Utility Window closed for duration of “Stay at Home” order.

The Vandalia Municipal Building’s utility billing window is closed to the public throughout the “Stay at Home” order. Utility payments (checks and money orders) can be dropped off at the 24-hour drop box or remitted online. Cash payments are not recommended at this time.

Those filing income tax returns are strongly encouraged to use the online tax tool, which is accessed from the City’s website.
Residents may call (937-415-2240) with questions during the normal hours of operation.

Paperwork may be dropped off at the 24-hour drop box, located on the south side of the municipal building, or emailed to tax@vandaliaohio.org. Taxpayers who mail their paperwork to the Tax Division can have the returns prepared and emailed back to the taxpayer. Payments can be remitted electronically via the City’s website, or payments by check and money order may be dropped off in the drop box. Cash payments are not recommended at this time.




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