Vienna officials recognize DuPont

VIENNA – Vienna City Council Thursday recognized DuPont Washington Works plant for its 65th anniversary in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Council members shared their memories and personal connections to DuPont during the council meeting.

Karl Boelter, plant manager at Washington Works, said a few words on behalf of the company. He was joined by Robin Ollis-Stemple of the public relations department along with Francesca Dellelci, a representative from the plant’s headquarters in Wilmington, Del.

Councilman Jim Miracle said he appreciates DuPont for staying involved in the community and helping “the little guys.”

Boelter said he believed the company located to the area 65 years ago because the land was available and it was close to the Ohio River.

“I truly believe we’re still here and successful 65 years later because of the caliber of employees that we can attract and retain,” he said. “A lot of our employees live here in Vienna. It’s a partnership and we’re proud to do the things in the community and support the community.”

Boelter said to a large extent he thinks the quality of life in a city like Vienna makes for better-rounded people and a stronger community.

“I really enjoyed getting those positive words and it’s a really good feeling,” he said.

Councilman Paul Thornton works for DuPont and said as long as he can remember someone in his family has been employed there.

“The DuPont corporation has made a home here for 65 years and sometimes it’s hard to realize the impact it has made,” he said. “Someone in my family has been on that site since 1958.”

Mayor Randy Rapp gave Boelter a key to the city.

“We have created some of the most unique keys to the city that you will ever see,” Rapp said as he handed it to the plant manager. “You’re the first one to receive one of these on behalf of the city of Vienna and state of West Virginia.”

Thornton commended Boelter and the other plant managers for their work, including the hard-working staff the plant has continued to attract.

“We hope there’s a lot more years to come,” Thornton said.

In other business:

* Lawrence Wilson of Vienna spoke before council to voice his opinions on how the elected officials are running the city. Wilson said he has been concerned with several areas of the city, including taxes and the way the city spends money.

“There are still a bunch of poor people here that need some relief,” he said.

* Council discussed a floodplain ordinance. Rapp said the planning commission will make a recommendation to council. A public hearing will be held as well as two votes by council before November, he said.

The plan will be enacted to allow residents to keep their homes well above the base-flood elevation.

* The city will be accepting applications for the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) window program.

To apply, residents can contact the Vienna City Building at 304-295-5070, ext. 335. Each qualifying home will have a limit of $5,000 to spend on replacement windows; this amount is about a maximum of 12 windows, city officials said.