Vienna City Council OKs new cell phone tower

VIENNA – Vienna officials Thursday approved the lease of property for a new cell phone tower in Jackson Memorial Park to American Towers LLC.

The lease agreement means the city will be able to place a new data collector to read meters as well as receive a better signal for emergency services.

The fire and police emergency response times should benefit from the new technology, said Mayor Randy Rapp.

“It’s a good position and should increase our reception considerably,” Rapp said of the tower. “This will take down the police communications tower (where the city water tanks are) and replace it with a taller tower.”

The city property will be leased to the company. The city will receive around $326,000 from the company during the 30-year lease agreement, Rapp said.

The money the city will net will not include the equipment costs to help with the technical improvements and roadway to the tower, Rapp said.

“This is a great thing for the city,” he said.

A bid for street projects was approved by council Thursday. The paving season is drawing to a close, but Rapp said there are streets that need to be added to an approved list.

They are the road from 36th Street between Grand Central Avenue to River Road, an alley between 37th and 38th streets from Third to Fourth avenues, an alley between 36th and 37th streets between Third and Fourth avenues, 51st Street from Grand Central Avenue to River Road, 10th Avenue from 34th to 38th streets, an alley between 37th and 38th streets from Ninth Avenue to 10th Avenue and 17th and 18th streets off of Ninth Avenue. Jimmie Harper Construction Inc. was awarded the paving bid of $340,324.

In other city business, the second reading to update the 12th Street sewer plan was passed. The project must go through three readings and one public hearing, on Oct. 24. The sewer project will cost the city about $1.9 million.

Council approved the sale of a Vienna Volunteer Fire Department 2006 Rance Air Trailer. The trailer was used to refill air bottles when fighting a large fire, said Chief Steve Scholl.

The chief said the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department in Doddridge County was interested in the mobile trailer. He said the VVFD can refill air bottles more rapidly by returning to the fire station.

“They have no refilling capabilities in a close proximity,” Scholl said of the Doddridge County department.

Council amended an ordinance about building code inspections. The code was reworded to say “may” as opposed to “shall” when referring to the fire department inspecting buildings on a quarterly basis.

Rapp said the need to inspect buildings should be on a semi-annual basis.

The motion to change the wording of the ordinance passed Thursday on first reading.

Councilman Paul Thornton said a golf tournament to raise money for Vienna residents Spencer and Beth Robinson, who were injured in a car accident, will be held Oct. 12 at the Minibel Par 3 Golf Course at 27th Street on River Road. Registration for the golf tournament will be $16 a person and there will be prizes given out, Thornton said.

It will be a two-person scramble with 18 holes, with tee times at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Oct. 12.