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 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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.