Vienna Council discusses ordinances, budget

VIENNA – Vienna City Council passed ordinances and resolutions during a meeting Thursday.

With the resignation of Jim Asbury from the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority Board, Councilman Paul Thornton was appointed to the position.

MOVTA general manager Tim Thomas and board member Glenn Henson attended the city council meeting to say a few words on behalf of Asbury’s assistance to the board members.

“I just want to thank Mr. Asbury for his work; he has been a good teammate and a good member of the board,” Henson said.

Asbury served as secretary to the board, before recently resigning.

Asbury was appointed by council on Thursday to Vienna’s Building and Safety Commission. The commission is comprised of citizens and council members focusing on eliminating unwanted or abandoned buildings.

Council moved to purchase a property at 610 29th St. Councilman Steve Stephens said the property was previously a “drug house” and the city can use the land for easier access to the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department along with helping with the beautification of the city.

The city purchased the property for $18,500.

Council approved a sanitary sewerage line and to abandon a previous sanitary sewerage line. The line is perpendicular to 55th Street.

A proclamation declaring June 17-23 Polio Awareness Week was made after members with the Mid-Ohio Valley Post-Polio Support Group visited council. Members discussed the need for awareness among citizens of Vienna of the effects of polio.

Amendments were made to the city budget after funding was moved to plan for unanticipated events, said Steve Black, the city finance department director. Black said no new money was needed.

“We just need to move money around to meet expenses,” Black said.

A Vienna Police Department annex building will be re-bid on to take another look at the cost to the city. Officials said there is a budget for the building but a bid approval for the project should be revisited.

“We have funds available to pay for the building as it proceeds along,” said Thornton. “It needs to be done in a timely manner.”

Officials said the building is critical for the Vienna Police Department to house the special response team vehicle.

“If we build this facility to put (the police department’s) SRT van inside, it will be fully ready and able to respond to any emergency,” Mayor Randy Rapp said.

Officers have to haul the materials in the response vehicle back-and-forth because the van has to sit outside, Chief George Young said.

In other business, Dennis Thorn with the city’s public works department was thanked by Rapp for his diligence in a recent waterline break. Rapp said Thorn responded to the problem as soon as possible, making sure the two residents affected by the break were taken care of as quickly as possible.

The fire department’s ice cream social will be June 14; firefighters went door-to-door to sell tickets but residents can pick them up at the fire station on 28th Street. Cake and pie donations can still be made, Chief Steve Scholl said.

In other news:

* The WVIAC softball tournament at Jackson Memorial Park will be May 2-4.

* A special collections event with the Wood County Solid Waste Authority will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 and 4 at the Erickson All Sports Facility.

* The Jackson Memorial Dog Park will hold a grand opening on May 5; the public can visit for a full events list.

* On May 11, the 21st annual letter carriers food drive will be held, Rapp said. All food donated will go to the Good Samaritan Clinic and stay in the city.

* Parkersburg Country Club will hold the West Virginia State Open Golf Tournament on June 17.

* Vienna citizens are reminded of the 150th anniversary of the state on June 20. Councilman Jim Miracle said preparations for the events are going well.