Vienna council meets to discuss purchase

VIENNA – Vienna City Council held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss an ordinance to purchase property within Wood County.

A budget of $45,000 is written into the ordinance to be available to spend at the Nov. 7 tax sale on the courthouse steps. The ordinance said property available to be bid on with this budget is limited to within Wood County.

City council is interested in purchasing several tracts in Vienna, Mayor Randy Rapp said.

This meeting is the public discussion of the ordinance that was first addressed by city council on Oct. 24 in an executive session during the regularly scheduled meeting. At that time, the special meeting was announced for Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

All members of council were present for this meeting. The first reading of the ordinance to purchase property was the only business discussed.

The ordinance specifies this property is to be purchased for the “purpose of alleviating blight in or near the city of Vienna.”

According to Rapp, these “blighted” tracts are vacant property and many are considered dangerous or condemned. “Most are in terrible shape,” Rapp said.

When purchased by the city, these properties get cleaned up and become available to the city for use in future projects.

Buying these properties will allow the city to make the neighborhoods look better, and protect the neighborhoods by removing dangerous structures, Rapp said.

The property can later be turned into parks or buildings that will serve the community. However, “there are no immediate plans for any of these properties,” Rapp said.

The second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for 5 p.m. Nov. 6 in city council chambers in Vienna.