Vienna council meets to discuss emergency plans

VIENNA – Vienna City Council Thursday adopted a city-wide emergency plan.

Officials devised the plan in the event of another emergency like the derecho in June 2012.

“For the last eight months, we’ve had a very dedicated committee working on this emergency plan,” said Mayor Randy Rapp.

Vienna Fire Chief Steve Scholl, Vienna Police Chief George Young and Ed Hupp, Wood County Emergency Services Director, all signed off on the plan, Rapp said.

The plan includes phone numbers and contacts in the event of emergency along with new equipment purchased by the city in the event of emergencies.

In other business, Craig Metz, public works director, outlined the plan the public works department has for the next couple of years. The department is working on a $1.9 million project upgrading the 12th Street sewer plant to make it more efficient.

Rapp said the water and sewer plant upgrades would be paid for by the city via the 5-year plan councilmembers have been working on for the past several years.

Public works officials are also working on a $1.3 million project for new meters for the water department. The new system would save residents money by efficiently monitoring leaks and reading water usage more accurately.

Both systems are well over 40-years old and in need of updates, Metz said.

“It would help with customer service because I can tell right away when someone has a leak,” he said. “The new system reads every night and if there’s high usage it will send me an email and I can notify the customer the next day.”

He said the new meters are good for the next 10 to 20 years.

The winner of the “Stripe the Town” competition was Toby Pfalzgraf and 306 51st St.

“You can see the curb appeal is great,” said Councilman Jim Miracle of the winning home. “This is a beautiful house and in honor of that we want to let everybody know you had the best looking house.”

The beautification committee presented Pfalzgraf with a $50 gift certificate to Lowes for her to buy more flowers.

“Thank you for beautifying our city,” Miracle said.

Miracle, an avid Civil War re-enactor with Carlin’s Batter D, also said the West Virginia sesquicentennial celebrations in Vienna were a success. West Virginia was created during the Civil War on June 20, 1863, by proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln.

“It was a great day for the state of West Virginia,” he said. “I’m glad we were able to put it on.”