The City of Vandalia will move ahead with finalizing their new fiscal year budget. Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council at Monday night’s meeting he had been concerned with the state shutdown due to no new budget that funding, such as the city’s tax money, would not be going out. But, Mayor Gottman says he has been assured by some state legislators the city will be getting their funding. So, Mayor Gottman says the city will be having a meeting soon to finalize and approve their new fiscal year budget. Gottman stated he had been holding back on approving the plan until he knew what the state would be doing.
The City of Vandalia’s Public Works and Water Departments have been dealing with a major water break. Mayor Gottman says the break they are dealing with is about one thousand linear feet. Gottman said it was estimated if they outsourced the water line repair work it would probably cost them 90 thousand dollars. But, by having the city workers complete the repair, it will cost about 40 to 50 thousand dollars. The repair work is continuing. City Public Works Director Marlin Filer said they got a good start on the repairs on Monday but could be slowed up by rains, as he says they are working on the repair just about 75 feet from the Kaskaskia River.