Two city ordinances approved for Vienna

VIENNA – Vienna City Council Thursday night approved the second reading of a floodplain ordinance and state building code ordinance.

Both ordinances were adopted unanimously with the exception of changing the wording in the state building code.

Mayor Randy Rapp said the wording for the ordinance would suggest the city’s fire chief “shall” inspect every building within the city limits four times a year. He said the code was updated in 1965 and wouldn’t be possible for any fire chief to uphold with the growth Vienna has experienced in the last four decades.

“We’ve tried that with three previous fire chiefs and it didn’t work out,” said Councilman Roger Bibbee. “Not because (the previous fire chiefs) didn’t know what they were doing or didn’t try to do it; it was just because they were trying to meet the language.”

Bibbee had raised concerns about the ordinance’s wording at the last council meeting.

“That relieves a little bit of my concern,” he said.

Rapp said once the city amends the wording with the counsel of city attorney Russell Skogstad, fire Chief Steve Scholl will be able to do the job.

In other city business, the first reading to update the 12th Street sewer plan was passed. The project must go through three readings and one public hearing, to be held on Oct. 24.

Craig Metz, public works director, outlined the project to council members last June. The city had accommodated for the $1.9 million project in its budget. The sewer plant has not been updated for more than 40 years, Metz said.

Council approved several bids for the parks department and a resolution accepting a property donation.

  • The sealed $9,598 bid for a commercial zero turn mower. The bid accepted by council was from Lang Outdoor Power Equipment.
  • The sealed $12,108.55 bid from DSD Kawasaki for an ATV side-by-side vehicle.
  • A resolution to accept the donation of property at 129 Carpenter St. just north of Rosemar Road. The 1.3-acre of land and a repossessed house were given to the city by Wells Fargo.
  • An annual coal severance budget revision was approved.