The Vandalia City Council is further seeking the public’s input on a possible surcharge to help keep the FAYCO and Soil and Water District’s E-Recycling programs up and going in the city. At an earlier council meeting, it was suggested that $1.25 could be added to resident’s water bills to help with the cost of the programs. Since the suggestion of the added fee, the council has been seeking input from residents on if they would be in favor or against the added fee on their bills. Kim Taylor of FAYCO was in attendance at last night’s council meeting for discussion on the issue and informed that board that they would like to have a small survey made available to residents to further help get input on the issue.
Mayor Rick Gottman questioned members of the council as to what input they had received so far. And alderwoman Dorothy Crawford and alderman Russ Stunkel say they both have received several calls against the idea of an added fee.
Council member B. John Clark says while he would like to see the programs continued, the residents of his ward who have contacted him have also been against the idea. And Mayor Gottman stated he has received calls and word both for and against the proposed surcharge. He stated he believes the survey will give them the feedback they need. The council will wait for the results of the survey before moving forward.