Vienna approves property study

VIENNA – Vienna City Council passed a resolution to do an environmental study review of a property at 2905 Third Ave.

Council members went into an executive session Thursday but said no action was taken during the session.

After the session, council approved the allocation of $35,000 for an environmental study review to be done on the Johns Manville property.

Councilman Bruce Rogers said he was for providing the funds for the study.

“The only reason why I’d be for this is that if some time in the future the property was purchased by someone and that would be annexed into the city,” he said. “I would like to know if there were any environmental pollutants or problems with that property.”

In other business:?

* Councilman Paul Thornton helped the mayor recognize a restaurant in Vienna.

“The city of Vienna is very pleased to have you,” Thornton said of Cheddars Restaurant on Grand Central Avenue. “You are certainly an asset.”

Cheddars was recognized for receiving the 2012 best full-service restaurant with a number one ranking, he said.

* The second reading elevating the floodplain for the city will be at the next council meeting on Sept. 12.

Pond Run is Vienna’s main concern in the ordinance; however, several properties on the Ohio River would also be affected. The new base flood elevation would be adapted as two feet.

Rob Rush, the city’s building inspector, said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is becoming stricter on the city’s flood ordinances. Insurance rates are rising and he said keeping those down by following the model ordinance will help.

* A traffic safety ordinance was also approved on a second reading. The ordinance amended Vienna city code 30502 with the authority of the mayor, along with the police chief, to change and erect traffic signals near intersections that are determined to pose a danger to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

* Stephanie Broffman, a part-time employee for Vienna, was hired to work with Human Resources for the city. She will report to Mayor Randy Rapp, he said. Linda Kern was hired as the administrative assistant to the city.

* Rapp discussed a story before the council meeting. He said he received a phone call last week from an elderly woman who he intended on helping with a stinky situation.

“She said, ‘mayor I’m 85 years old and I’m confined to a wheelchair,'” he said. “She said she had a dead skunk in her yard and couldn’t get anyone to help her.”

Craig Metz, public works director, was called to assist.

Rapp said he called the woman back to inform her people would be on their way, but before he could get his sentence out she told the mayor the men had already come by and took care of the problem.

“You did a great thing and she was very appreciative,” Rapp said of Metz and the others who helped.