Vienna officials OK funds for bridge

VIENNA – Vienna Public Works Department asked the city for about $500,000 to fund the reconstruction of the 28th Street bridge over Pond Creek, during city council’s meeting Thursday night.

Craig Metz, public works director, said the bridge did not pass inspection this year and will have to be replaced for safety reasons. The bridge is impassable by fire trucks and other larger vehicles.

Vienna Fire Chief Steve Scholl said response time for emergencies is delayed and the sooner the bridge is repaired the better for emergency purposes.

The weight limit is 15 tons, Metz said.

City finance director Steve Black said the budget will allow for funding of the bridge project. The city has a budget surplus of $888,292, Black said.

“That’s the reason we plan years ahead,” said Mayor Randy Rapp.

Metz said officials would work to finish plans for the bridge construction by the end of this year. Work could begin next June and should be finished by the fall of 2014, he said.

The bridge is not on the school bus routes, he said.

Once the process begins the bridge would be closed for about two months, Metz said.

Residents voiced concerns over the mowing of yards and trash cans in the roadways. Rapp said he would work to solve the issue.

Councilman Jim Miracle said he would work with residents on the beautification as the city is having a contest to challenge residents to plant gold and blue flower beds in yards. Miracle said first-, second- and third-place winners will receive a prize.

The Parkersburg High School archery team was recognized for its excellence in the sport. The team was in attendance for Rapp to recognize its achievements.

Team members Jeremiah Parsons and Ashley Chittum were recognized for their achievements in the sport. Parsons said he has plans to attend West Virginia University this fall.

The five-member state championship team, coached by Jim Parsons, defeated the second-place school by three points, Rapp said.

In other council business, the city approved the amendment of Vienna City Ordinance 907, changing the title of “Vienna Tree Commission” to the “Vienna Tree and Beautification Commission” as well as adding responsibilities to beautification.

Council approved an ordinance authorizing the purchase of property at 610 29th St.

A new slide on the Jackson Park swimming pool was approved. The accepted bid was from Recreonics Inc.for $17,855. A bid was also approved for flower planting and maintenance from Scots Landscape for $11,395.