Vienna city employees receive raises

VIENNA – Vienna City Council approved the second reading of an ordinance granting city employees a 35-cent longevity pay Thursday night.

The ordinance becomes effective July 1. The compensation will be given to each employee annually and is a 15-cent increase.

A second reading to amend Vienna City Ordinance 913.02, sections one and two, also was approved by council. The amendment requires contractors to file a financial statement before undertaking work within the city.

The 2013-2014 Vienna Utility Board budgets were approved for all departments Thursday night.

Steve Black, Vienna city finance director, said the budget is a constant effort but he is making progress. A fourth internal budget revision was also approved.

Council members went into an executive session to discuss a real estate matter. No action was taken with the real estate proposition. Mayor Randy Rapp said the matter will go before council at a later date.

Scots Landscape and Nursery will offer the city a replacement LED sign and supporting columns as part of a project the city is doing to help in a disaster. The sign will have a back-up electricity system if the city would experience a power outage.

The sign could be used to alert residents of where they can seek shelter and information in a disaster, Rapp said.

Council approved a deal with Haul Away Trash LLC, the city’s current waste management company, to decrease residents trash bills. The bid was approved for the company to offer the city trash service for $2.45 per customer a month.

Black said the new price is five cents less than the current agreement.

Parade marshals for the Vienna Sesquicentennial Parade at 10:30 a.m. June 20 were announced at the meeting. Glenn Henson, who represents Vienna on the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority board, is a veteran and was among four people chosen to lead the parade.

Councilman Jim Miracle said Jackson Middle School students Jackson Johnson, Collin Kelly and Jerry Wang were chosen to be marshals because of their achievements in the Golden Horseshoe award program. The award was given to more than 200 eighth-graders from across the state.

Students who received the award showed their knowledge of West Virginia history and culture.

Barbara Joyce received the first Community Service Award from Rapp. Joyce retired Thursday after 39 years of teaching in Wood County Schools and had countless hours of volunteering with the Vienna Recreational Improvement Association and planning commission, he said.

“I love the kids,” Joyce said of her teaching and volunteer efforts.